India kicked off its Asian Cup campaign successfully with a five-wicket victory over Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday thanks to the all-round efforts of Hardik Pandya, as well as the vital contributions of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and Virat Kohli.
Bhuvneshwar’s 4/26 and Pandya’s 3/25 helped Pakistan hit 147 after Indian skipper Rohit won the toss and decided to bat. In response, the Men in Blue got off to a nervous start when debutant Naseem Shah castled KL opener Rahul for the golden duck in the very first over, bringing back memories of India’s disastrous start in last year’s T20 World Cup match at the same tournament. location.
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Rohit and Kohli, however, stabilized the innings by taking the second wicket with 49 runs before a solid Indian middle order took over. Pandya created a vital 52-run stance with Jadea for the fifth wicket and deepened the game before finishing the game in style with a six-point bowling by Mohammad Nawaz.
There were many moments from the exciting clash that captured the attention of the crowd, from Pandya’s winning six and Naseem’s excellent spell to several hard bats from Kohli that indicated the batter was slowly recovering his skills.
There was also an issue with both teams failing to meet their overs quota in the set time, forcing them to place an extra fielder in the circle, which ultimately proved to be decisive for India in the closing stages of their chase.
But what is this rule that we saw applied in the second leg of the 2022 Asian Cup? We will cover it in detail in this explanation:
What is the slow inflate rule?
The International Cricket Council (ICC) introduced a rule earlier this year to combat slow overbet by teams in their T20I playing conditions.
Pakistan is paying the price for slow over-bets thanks to a new ICC rule requiring one less fielder outside the 30-yard circle. What a mistake in a big game! It is a pity that the support service did not pay attention to this.
— Roshan Abasinghe (@RoshanCricket) August 28, 2022
Under the rule, if a team fails to score the first ball of the final by the scheduled closing time of the innings, they must field an additional player inside the circle for the remainder of the inning.
The rule was first officially implemented in a one-off T20I match between the West Indies and the Republic of Ireland, with the clash between India and Pakistan on Sunday being the latest example of its application.
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By the scheduled end time for India’s innings, India was narrowly short of 18 overs and so had to bowl out the remaining two overs with five fielders inside the circle. Bhuvneshwar and Arshdeep Singh scored the last two overs of the Pakistani innings, conceding 23 runs from 11 balls and collecting three wickets to win Pakistan 147 in 19.5 overs.
Similarly, Pakistan had only scored 17 overs by the time limit, and thus had to bowl the last three overs with one fielder on the boundary, which would cost them dearly as they ended up scoring 32 out of 16 balls. reaching the goal with two balls in reserve.
How did the players react to the in-game penalty?
Indian player Bhuvneshwar Kumar said the forced lineup change was a wake-up call for the teams.
“This is one of those moments where you can win or lose a match in the last few overs. He was equal, but yes, we always talk about speed, because even in the final of the Asian Cup or the World Cup, if this happens, we can lose the match, and this is not the best way to lose the match. . We always refer to these things, and, of course, this will be discussed at the next meeting that we have, ”he said.
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