India’s hopes of reaching a high score looked grim at the outset of their innings, as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, and Shubman Gill all left early. With their 138-run partnership, Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya stabilized the innings.
They batted superbly and did not take any risks, giving Indian fans optimism. Ishan left the game after scoring 82 points. Hardik and Ravindra Jadeja, who came in after him, also stood firm, with the former being the aggressor. Following Hardik’s dismissal, several additional runs from Kuldeep Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah boosted India’s total to 266.
Following a rain delay, Pakistan got off to a flying start. Shaheen Afridi came in and quickly dismissed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, removing two of their most crucial hitters. Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer were cleaned up by Haris Rauf. Due to a consistent partnership between Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya, they struggled in the middle stages of the innings.
Rauf struck again, dismissing Ishan and severing the hazardous alliance. In the death overs, Shaheen Afridi bowled beautifully, capturing the wickets of Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja. Naseem Shah was quite frugal today, finishing with three wickets. With a spell of 4-35, Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the bowlers. India’s tail added a few runs to the total, and Pakistan’s goal is 267.