Several Indian cricketers past and present took to social media to express their happiness after India’s five-wicket victory over Pakistan in their Asia Cup campaign opener on Sunday. The pivotal partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya helped India defeat arch-rivals Pakistan in a thrilling five-wicket showdown in the second match of the 2022 Asia Cup here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar expressed his happiness at the win and praised Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli for their contributions.
It came down to fitness of the fast bowlers as they were pressured, although both teams’ pacers threw well beforehand.
Crucial knock from Hardik to stay till the end and get us over the line and expertly supported by @imjadeja & Viraat.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) August 28, 2022
“It came down to fitness of the fast bowlers as they were pressured, although both teams’ pacers bowled well up front. Crucial knock from Hardik to stay until the end and get us across the line and ably supported by @imjadeja & Virat. Congratulations on a nail-biting win. #INDvsPAK,” Tendulkar tweeted.
Former Indian opener Virender Sehwag also congratulated the players for their contributions and liked how close the match was.
wow wow wow! Fantastic Hardik Pandya. Sab Kuchh main karega. Brilliant performance from Bhuvi, good hand from Jaddu and Kohli as well.
Happy to see a close #INDvsPAK match after a long time. Mast maza aa gaya. pic.twitter.com/HLNrnLRpK8
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) August 28, 2022
“Wow wow wow! Fantastic Hardik Pandya. Sab kuchh main karega. Brilliant performance from Bhuvi, good hand from Jaddu and Kohli too. Glad to see a good #INDvsPAK match after a long time. Mast maza aa gaya,” he added.
Legendary Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh also took to Twitter to express his joy at Team India’s win.
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) August 28, 2022
“Well done! Good win in a high pressure match!! Well bowled and well played @hardikpandya7 @imjadeja @BhuviOfficial #INDvsPAK,” Yuvraj tweeted.
Former Indian cricketer Irfan Pathan also took to Twitter to comment on this extremely sweet win that came after a loss in the ICC T20 World Cup last year.
Her ke bath jo Jeet aae uska Mazaa humesha Dugna hota hai. India Indiaaaaaaa
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) August 28, 2022
“Haar ke baad jo Jeet aae uska Mazaa humesha Dugna hota hai. India Indiaaaaaa,” Irfan tweeted.
Indian pacesetter Mohammed Shami also congratulated the team on such a narrow victory.
Tonight it was a great game and win Well played guys congratulations on the win well done 🇮🇳@indiancricketteam #teamindia #mdshami11 #mdshami #india #ipl #business suit #asiacup pic.twitter.com/60OSjPfPFt
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) August 28, 2022
“Tonight was a great game and win Well played guys, congratulations on the win, well done @indiancricketteam #teamindia #mdshami11 #mdshami #india #ipl #pak #asiacup,” Shami tweeted.
In his tweet, Indian opener Mayank Agarwal said the match was not for the “feeble-minded”.
— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) August 28, 2022
“Not for the faint of heart. What a nerve-wracking and fantastic game. Well played, Team India. #INDVPAK #AsiaCup2022,” Mayank tweeted.
Coming to the match, Pakistan was bundled for 148 in 19.4 overs. Opener Mohammed Rizwan (43) and Iftikhar Ahmed (28) were the only ones who could contribute something decent with the bat.
The pace and short deliveries of Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4/26), Hardik Pandya (3/25) and Arshdeep Singh (2/33) and Avesh Khan (1/19) blew Pakistani batters away and wickets fell regularly. .
In the chase of 149, India lost KL Rahul to a duck in the very first over. Hereafter, Virat Kohli (35) anchored the innings to form a 49-run tie with skipper Rohit Sharma (12), who mostly struggled at the other end. Twin strikes by Mohammed Nawaz, who took the wickets from Sharma and Kohli, limited India to 3/53.
Hereafter, a 36-run tie between Ravindra Jadeja and Suryakumar Yadav helped move the scoreboard, before Suryakumar fell to debutant Naseem Shah for 18. A 52-run tie between Jadeja (35) and Hardik Pandya (33*) followed. India close to a win and Pandya in form closed the proceedings with a six with two balls remaining, giving India a five wicket win.
Nawaz (3/33) and Naseem Shah (2/27) pitched very well for Pakistan, but not enough to make them win.
Pandya was named ‘Man of the Match’ for his all-round performance.