The buzz of the town is still Hardik Pandya’s exploits with the bat and the ball in India’s Asia Cup opener against Pakistan in Dubai. The all-rounder won praise from the top players in the game after leading India to a five-wicket win with a Player of the Match effort. After a slow start in which Pakistan was relying on the middle order’s power hitters for a huge finish, Hardik came into the game by removing Mohammad Rizwan, Iftikhar Ahmed, and Khusdil Shah. Hardik employed the short-pitched deliveries to excellent effect, keeping in mind the large square boundaries of the Dubai International Stadium, leaving Pakistan’s batsmen helpless. Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan live score from the 2022 Asia Cup

India was in trouble when Hardik teamed up with Ravindra Jadeja in the difficult 148-run chase on a wicket that wasn’t conducive to strokeplay. When Jadeja went out in the last over, the pair put up a vital 52-run partnership for the fifth wicket, and Hardik held his composure to win the game with a six off the fourth ball. He had 33 off 17 balls and was still unblemished.

When questioned about Hardik’s skill, Pakistan captain Babar Azam, who was also dismissed off a short ball, although against Bhuvbeshwar Kumar, responded in the affirmative. The right-hander responded in a somewhat reserved manner, in contrast to notable former Pakistan cricketers like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, and Shahid Afridi.

Here is how Babar Azam and Indian journalist Vimal Kumar spoke to one another.

Pandya said that the team is pleased to have won since it was crucial for them. “Our anxieties were calmed, and we faced challenges together. I like how Jadeja came out and performed, “Added he.

When Jadeja questioned Pandya about his attitude during the last over, Pandya said that since there was a left-arm spinner, the job of hitting seven in the final over did not seem difficult.

“I would have struck out regardless of whether there were five or 10 fielders. I didn’t feel under pressure since I knew the bowler would make errors ” he added.