India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup: Babar Azam should have come one down instead of open, says Shoaib Akhtar

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Babar Azam struggled to play India’s new-ball pair, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh, earlier than getting dismissed for 10 runs within the third over. Pakistan have been bundled out for 147 earlier than Hardik Pandya impressed India to a five-wicket win on Sunday, August 28.

Babar Azam was dismissed for 10 runs in the third over.

Babar Azam was dismissed for 10 runs within the third over. (AP Picture)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Babar Azam struggled in opposition to India new-ball pair Bhuvneshwar and Arshdeep
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Babar Azam for 10 runs within the third over
  • India defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in a last-over thriller in Dubai

Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar criticised captain Babar Azam’s method within the Asia Cup match in opposition to India, saying he ought to have come one down as an alternative of opening the innings.

Babar Azam opened the innings with Mohammad Rizwan after India put Pakistan in to bat. Babar struggled to play India’s new-ball pair, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Arshdeep Singh, earlier than getting dismissed for 10 runs. On a brief ball, Babar tried to drag however ended up giving a catch at quick superb leg within the third over.

Shoaib Akhtar additional identified the variety of dot balls performed by Pakistan within the powerplay. Mohammad Rizwan performed a run-a-ball innings as India mounted the strain of dot balls on Pakistan. The previous quick bowler added that each India and Pakistan captains made poor workforce choices.

“If Rizwan will play run-a-ball then clearly what’s going to occur? 19 dot balls in first 6 overs. If you’ll play so many dot balls then you’ll face issues,” Akhtar mentioned on his YouTube channel.

India captain Rohit Sharma surprised everybody with a daring name of taking part in Dinesh Karthik over first-choice wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant. In the meantime, the Pakistan captain added Iftikhar Ahmed to the lineup and despatched him in at quantity 4.

“It was unhealthy choice by each captains. Each tried to choose unsuitable groups. They (India) dropped Rishabh Pant and we (Pakistan) added Iftikhar Ahmed at quantity 4. No disrespect to Iftikhar or anyone however I’ve mentioned this a number of occasions that Babar Azam should not open. He ought to come one down and anchor the innings until the tip,” Akhtar mentioned.

Pakistan have been bundled out for 147 as India’s pacers – Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4/26, Hardik Pandya 3/25, Arshdeep Singh 2/33 and Avesh Khan 1/19 – took all 10 wickets. In reply, Hardik Pandya impressed India to beat Pakistan by 5 wickets in a last-over thriller.

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