Hordes of fans packed the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday (Sept 4) to witness the second clash between India and the ongoing DP World Asia Cup 2022. Khaleej Times covered the action live. Here's how the event unfolded.
10pm: Fans take to the streets
Pakistani fans in Dubai take to the streets of Deira to celebrate their team's victory over India. Ecstatic fans could be seen dancing to the beats of drums and waving the national flag in jubilation.
9.58pm: All-round show
A stiff target, a disciplined Indian attack at the start, Babar Azam’s third failure on the trot and some spine-tingling death overs drama, Pakistan overcame them all to beat India by five wickets at the DP World T20 Asia Cup Super Four clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Chasing 182, Mohammad Rizwan (71, 51 balls, 6 fours, 2 sixes), who had earlier survived an injury scare while keeping in the Indian innings, set the platform for Pakistan’s victory. Read the full report here.
9.54pm: Pakistan win
Chasing a target of 182, Pakistan beat India by five wickets in last-over thriller.
Arshdeep had conceded a four earlier in the over but then raised Indian hopes by trapping Asif Ali lbw. However, by then Pakistan needed 2 off 2 which they achieved rather easily.
A full toss from Arshdeep Singh and Iftikhar Ahmed hits it for a couple to help Pakistan win the game by 5 wickets.
Arshdeep strikes. Asif Ali goes. Pakistan 180/5. Need two runs to win from 2 balls.
Pakistan need 7 off 6 balls
19 runs came off the penultimate over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and that leaves only 7 runs for Arshdeep Singh to defend in the last 6 balls.
Pakistan need 26 runs off 12 deliveries now. Ravi Bishnoi bowled three wides, had a review for a caught-behind and saw with frustration as a catch was dropped off his bowling. 8 runs in the over, Pakistan 156/4 in 18 Overs, chasing 182
Arshdeep Singh dropped the catch of Asif Ali at backward point. Asif Ali goes for the slog sweep but ends up top-edging it towards short third.
Hardik Pandya gets the big wicket of Mohammad Rizwan (71). Pandya provided India with a big breakthrough as Rizwan looked all set to take his team over the finish line.
Pandya bowls a slower ball on the tramline to Mohammad Rizwan and the latter hit it into the hands of long-off fielder Suryakumar Yadav.
Pakistan 147/4 in 16.5 overs. Target 182
9.15pm: Nawaz falls
Pakistan lose their third wicket as Mohammad Nawaz departs after a brilliant 42.
Bhuvneshwar strikes a timely blow with a short length, and Nawaz looked to go over long-off, but it bounces a little extra, and Hooda takes it at the boundary.
Pakistan 136/3 in 15.3 overs. Target 182
Three boundaries in one over and Chahal gets punished in his fourth over. Both Nawaz and Rizwan are now scoring runs with ease. The right-arm leg-spinner conceded 16 runs in his final over including back-to-back fours to Nawaz.
Pakistan need 47 runs in 30 balls.
8.58pm: Rizwan at 50
Pakistan bring up 100 in 12.2 overs as star batter Mohammad Rizwan reaches 50 off just 37 balls.
Chasing a target of 182, Pakistan are going strongly with Rizwan's foot firmly on the accelerator after a slow start.
Pakistan need 96 runs in 54 balls.
End of 11 overs - Mohammad Rizwan 44 (32), Mohammad Nawaz 12 (6)
Pakistan 76-2 after 10 overs. Need 106 runs off 60 balls to win.
Mohammad Rizwan is going strong for Pakistan and is currently batting in his 30s.
8.38pm: Fakhar Zaman out
Chahal strikes as Zaman falls for 15.
An in-form Fakhar Zaman is caught brilliantly by Virat Kohli at long-on. The batter found his footing early on as he joined Rizwan in the middle after Babar's wicket but just couldn't get the power and elevation to Chahal's spin.
Pakistan 63/2 after 8.4 overs, Target 182.
8.30pm: 50 comes up for Pakistan
Pakistan 51/1 after 7 overs, and they need 131 runs in 78 balls.
Fakhar Zaman has joined Mohammad Rizwan and the two seem to be comfortable in the middle, despite losing the wicket of skipper Babar Azam.
8.21pm: Pakistan 32/1 in 5 overs
Hardik Pandya didn't have a good start as he gets hit for three 4s in his first over. The all-rounder ended up giving 14 runs.
8.13pm: Babar out
India gets their breakthrough as Pakistan lose first wicket in the form of captain Babar Azam. Spinner Bishnoi removes Babar in his first over. Umpire asked the Pakistan skipper wait to check the front-foot of Bishnoi but it was inside the line.
Arshdeep Singh gave just two runs in his first over. This is a really good start for the youngster. Pakistan 11/0 (2).
Rizwan starts the innings with a fantastic four off Bhuvneshwar. He bowled it outside off stump to Rizwan and the latter cut it for a four to go off the mark.
Pakistan need 173 runs in 114 balls.
Inspired by a whirlwind start from the openers and a superbly-paced half-century from Virat Kohli (60, 44 balls, 4 fours, 1 six), India posted a challenging total of 181 for seven against arch-rivals Pakistan in the DP World T20 Asia Cup Super Four clash at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Read the full report here.
India make 181/7 in 20 overs against Pakistan.
Virat Kohli starred with the bat as India posted a total of 181 for seven in 20 overs against Pakistan in the ongoing Asia Cup Super-4 clash.
Star batters Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul gave the team a solid start as the duo added 54-runs in 31 balls.
7.44pm: Virat Kohli run out
Kohli flicks a low full toss by Rauf towards deep square leg. He charged back for the second, even puts in the dive but could not beat a direct throw from Asif Ali.
7.37pm: Another wicket
India lose its 6th wicket as Naseem takes Hooda (16).
India 168/6 in 18.4 overs
7.30pm: Kohli @ 50!
Virat Kohli hits a six over midwicket to complete his 50 off just 36 balls off Hasnain. He looked positive from the start of his innings and reached the milestone with a superb flick for a six.
Spectators in large numbers came to watch the match between India and Pakistan at the Dubai Internation Cricket Stadium on Sunday, September 4.
Virat Kohli is nearing his fifty and will like to take India to a strong total to defend. After 17 overs, India are 148 for the loss of five wickets.
7.15pm: Pandya goes for a duck
Hasnain sends Hardik back to the pavilion with a cross-seam delivery around off. Pakistan had a fielder at mid-on, and Hasnain bowled short to Hardik Pandya, who played straight into the hands of the fielder.
India 131/5 in 14.4 overs.
7.07pm: Pant gone!
Rishabh Pant (14) falls to Shadab caught by Asif Ali. India 126/4 in 13.5 overs.
6.55pm: India crosses the 100 run mark in 10.4 overs.
Mohammad Hasain bowled two wides from and India race to hundred runs in 10.4 overs at the loss of three wickets.
6.46pm: Another batter down
Suryakumar (13) falls to Nawaz. India 91-3 after 9.4 overs
SKY has been dismissed by Mohammad Nawaz. He went for a sweep shot but failed to keep it down as the deep backward square leg comfortably takes the catch.
Good comeback from Pakistan after taking the wickets of KL Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav post the powerplay.
India 88-2 after 9 overs (Kohli 15 not out, Suryakumar 12 not out).
India 79-2 after 8 overs (Suryakumar 10 not out, Kohli 8 not out)
Suryakumar Yadav looks brilliant with the bat and Kohli is punishing any short ball coming his way.
India 71-2 after 7 overs (Suryakumar 5 not out, Kohli 5 not out)
6.32pm: India 2 down
India lose another as Rahul (28) falls to Shadab Khan. India 62-2 after 6.1 overs
Shadab Khan strikes on his first ball of the game. He gave flight and tricked KL Rahul to go down the track. Rahul did follow failed to hit the ball over long-on and Mohammad Nawaz takes a smart catch.
India lose its first wicket. Rohit (28) falls to Haris Rauf while going for a big shot. India 54/1 after 5.1 overs.
Haris Rauf bowled a slower delivery and the skipper mishit it high in the air.
Star batters Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul now have the most fifty-plus run stands in T20I cricket history. The duo added 54-runs in 31 balls before Rohit Sharma was dismissed for 28 off 16 balls by Haris Rauf.
India 46/0 after 4 overs (Rohit 27 not out, Rahul 19 not out)
Rohit and Rahul are preparing for a big total to defend in this flat pitch.
6:15pm: India 34/0 after 3 overs (Rahul 18 not out, Rohit 16 not out)
India's captain Rohit Sharma looks to be in sublime form as he continues to hit the ball out of the park. Till now, it has been easy picking for the Men in Blue.
6.11pm: India 20/0 after 2 overs. (Rohit 15 not out, Rahul 5 not out).
Both batters, Rohit and Rahul seem to be in control and have played well so far.
6.05pm: India 11/0 after first over from Naseem Shah.
Rohit Sharma shows early intent against young pacer Naseem Shah and hits the ball out of the park for a six.
Naseem Shah starts the innings with a dot ball.
Indian batters KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma opens the inning. Rahul defended the first ball from the pacer.
Dubai Police have confirmed their preparedness to host the India-Pakistan Super Four match. The authority beefed-up the security in and around the stadium for the much-awaited match on Sunday.
The authority to use smart technologies throughout the tournament to secure the matches.
Cricket fans of both countries are still pouring into the stadium as Pakistan skipper Babar Azam has won the toss and asked India to bat.
Pakistan have made just the one change, bringing in Mohammad Hasnain for the injured Shahnawaz Dahani.
Team India make three changes in their playing XIs. Hardik Pandya, Deepak Hooda and Ravi Bishnoi have been included in India's playing XI in places of Dinesh Karthik, Avesh Khan and Ravindra Jadeja.
5.35pm: Playing XIs
India (Playing XI): KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma(c), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravi Bishnoi, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh.
Pakistan (Playing XI): Mohammad Rizwan(w), Babar Azam(c), Fakhar Zaman, Khushdil Shah, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Asif Ali, Mohammad Nawaz, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Hasnain, Naseem Shah
Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the Asia Cup Super Four clash at the Dubai International cricket Stadium on Sunday.
5.26: Jadeja out
Ravindra Jadeja, who shone in India's wins over Pakistan and Hong Kong in Group A, was ruled out due to a right knee injury. The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirmed Axar Patel as Jadeja's replacement.
India had played Jadeja at No. 4 and preferred Dinesh Karthik ahead of Rishabh Pant in their 5-wicket win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup opener.
Pant returned to the XI for their game against Hong Kong on Wednesday but only after Hardik Pandya was rested as India backed Karthik as their first-choice finisher.
5.22pm: Is Pant on?
Rishabh Pant is going through the pre-match wicketkeeping drills ahead of Dinesh Karthik. Looks likely that Pant might don the wicketkeeping gloves in this game instead of Karthik.
5.15pm: The two teams are on the ground and undergoing a light training session. Team India is having a fun game of football before a highly build-up match against their arch rival Pakistan.
5.02pm: Stands filling up
Cricket fans start filling up the stands inside the Dubai International Stadium ahead of a scintillating game between Pakistan and India.
Kohli is vital for India
Virat Kohli remains a key player for India, said head coach Rahul Dravid, who is happy with the refreshed former captain's Asia Cup form.
The 33-year-old Kohli made an unbeaten 59 in India's group win over Hong Kong and looks revitalised ahead of the Asia Cup holders' Super Four clash with fierce rivals Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday night.
4.40pm: Traffic build-up
A major traffic build-up has been reported around the ground as India-Pakistan fans pour into the stadium ahead of an expected mouthwatering clash.
Dubai authorities have alerted residents of congestion and the RTA also suggested motorists to use alternate routes to avoid caught up in the traffic. “The public is advised to use Umm Suqeim Street to reach their destination/match location, while residents of Dubai Sports City can use Al Fay Road as an alternative route,” RTA tweeted, urging the public plan their journeys early.
An India-Pakistan final?
After witnessing a brilliant game last week, fans have just one question running through their minds: Will India and Pakistan face each other in the finals?
Although making predictions in any sport is near impossible, fans may be in for a treat on September 11 if things pan out. Read why why.
4.30pm: Pakistan team players and the support staff have arrived at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.
Pakistan fans gathered around the entrance to greet the players as they disembarked from the team bus.
4.30pm: The Roads and Transport Authority in Dubai issued an alert for Sunday as traffic started to build up for the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan.
The authority warned motorists of an expected delay on Hessa Street near Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Road intersection on Sunday, from 3pm to 11pm.
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