India lost the match in the 15th over
Now let’s go back a little. In the 15th over. Earlier, Rizwan and Nawaz had scored 33 runs in three overs. The bowling of Ravi Bishnoi, Hardik Pandya and Arshdeep Singh was ineffective. Both the Pakistani batsmen were playing intelligently. He was playing risk free cricket by hitting a boundary in every over and taking one, two runs each. Rohit Sharma understood that Team India urgently needed a wicket to make a comeback in the match. By that time, Pakistan needed 63 runs in six overs. He brought his trump card with Yuzvendra Chahal. Chahal often traps the opposition batsmen in the web of his spin in such situations. Chahal’s first ball was hit by Nawaz across the deep square leg boundary. The next ball was flighted, but fell outside the leg stump. Nawaz once again sweeps and the ball goes outside the fine leg boundary. Taking a single off the next ball, Nawaz went to the other end. On the fourth ball, Rizwan completed the right effort by hitting a four outside the point boundary. A total of 16 runs were scored in this over and Chahal’s threat was over for the Pakistan team. Now in five overs, Pakistan needed only 47 runs i.e. less than 10 runs per over with eight wickets left. After reaching such a condition in T20 cricket, nine out of 10 times the victory of the batting team is decided.
Pak played Rohit’s bet
In fact, in this Asia Cup match, the Pakistani team played the same bet against India, which proved to be a masterstroke for Rohit Sharma in the first match between the two teams. When the Indian team came out to chase a week ago, Rohit sent Ravindra Jadeja to bat at number four. Due to the presence of Jadeja, the bowling plan of the Pakistani team was left in a mess. In this match, Pakistani captain Babar Azam tried the same bet. Mohammad Rizwan usually comes to bat at number 7 or 8. He was sent early to play big shots against the spinners of the Indian team and he lived up to the confidence of his captain.
Nawaz made 42 runs in 20 balls
When Nawaz came out to bat, Pakistan needed 119 runs in 11.2 overs. The target was big and the middle order of the Pakistan team was not that reliable, but Nawaz played such an innings that there was nothing much left for the rest of the batsmen to do. He scored 73 runs in 6.5 overs with Rizwan. Of these, 42 runs came off Nawaz’s bat. That too in just 20 balls. When he was dismissed in the 16th over, Pakistan needed 46 runs in 4.3 overs to win. The target was close and his big hitters were still safe. Asif Ali and Khushdil Shah did the same and gave the team victory with one ball.
Nawaz proved out of syllabus
The truth is that the bowling of the Indian team got shattered in front of Nawaz’s big hitting. It was clear that Team India had not done any planning for Nawaz. There was a lack of strategy to get them out. Actually, Team India had prepared for Iftikhar, Asif and Khushdil, but Nawaz proved out of syllabus. Those who blame Arshdeep for the Indian team’s defeat are the only people who were hoping for a miracle till the last ball.