Pandya clears long-on and finishes it for India with a six. Flat and quick, shortish and into off stump. Pandya launches it over the boundary with a still head and smooth swing. He finishes the job that he started with the ball earlier in the evening
And that wraps up our coverage of this India-Pakistan contest. Really fun game it's been, and India, who in truth always seemed one step ahead of Pakistan, sneak home in the final over. Thanks to everyone who joined us, and let's see you guys in these numbers for as many Asia Cup games as possible, not just India-Pakistan. On that naively optimistic note, I will sign off, and catch you again shortly. Take care!
Hardik Pandya is the Player of the Match. He has a huge smile on his face, as he well might.
"It's important to asses the situation and use your weapons," Pandya says. "The hard lengths particularly. But you have to use them wisely. When it comes to batting, the chances I take when executing, I'm likelier to pullit off when I'm calmer. I knew they had Nawaz waiting to bowl, and while we needed 7, even if we needed 15 I would have fancied by chances.
"I feel the bowler is under a lot more pressure than me. I just needed one six in that final over. I try to keep things simple."
"Halfway through the innings, we still believed," Rohit Sharma says. "That's the kind of belief we want to have in this group, where you're not in the game and you still manage to pull it off. We want to make sure they've all been given enough clarity around what to do in the middle. I'll take wins like this over one-sided wins.
"The fast bowlers have done very well in the last 12 months or so. We were challenged at times but overcoming those challenges will take us forward. Since Hardik's comeback into this team, he's been brilliant. Had a great IPL too. His batting qualities we all know, he has been brilliant with the bat since he came into the team."
Kamal: "Big comment from Rohit: "will take wins like this rather one-sided the wins.""
"The way we started we were 10-15 runs short,", Babar says. "We came back thanks to our outstanding fast bowling. Dahani stepped up with the bat which really gave us something to defend, but it's a shame we couldn't finish it off.
"We wanted to have 15 or so to defend for Nawaz, but that wasn't to be and Pandya finished it off wonderfully."
Okay, we should have the presentations very shortly.
Edwin : "Seeing Pakistan's players struggled with cramps and Indian bowlers managed to bowl all overs without an issue shows how good is India working on the fitness of the players. "
Phew, that was a tense finish. DK bows to Pandya and then hugs him. Sensational all-round performance from Pandya. After bouncing out Rizwan and Ahmed, he completes a tricky chase of 148 with a cameo of 33* off 17 balls. Jadeja also did his bit, hitting 35 off 29 balls after being promoted to No.4. Here's Jadeja: "We know they have a very good bowling attack and they don't give loose balls. We wanted to take it deep. I could've finished the game - left-arm spinner vs me - but Hardik did it. He knew his strengths and I was also looking to play positively and give him the strike. Danyal will bring you the post-match presentation.
Samrat Ahuja: "Those who were also watching the match on TV, saw that head nod by Hardik!! Man, what confidence! Leave it onto me, I will win it! "
Srihari Aditha: "Take a bow Hardik Pandya! What a calm and composed knock !! Long way to go.... "
Manoj: "This could have been the champions trophy 2017 final"
Pandya backs away outside leg and flat-bats a middle-stump delivery straight to extra-cover
darted into the hips from round the wicket, short-armed away to deep square
DK vs Nawaz
Nawaz castles Jadeja. Flat and quick from around the stumps, Jadeja goes for the massive slog and does not connect. Nawaz hits the stumps. Pandya sinks to his knees at the other end
India need seven off the last over. It will be bowled by Nawaz. Shadab has a chat with the left-arm fingerspinner
short on middle at 146ks, but not quite short enough. Still, this is a top shot from Pandya. Bam! He swats another four, this is hammered away between deep midwicket and wide long-on
bumper outside off, Pandya leaps to catch up with it but can't touch it in the end
hip-high short ball on off stump, Pandya clears his front leg and swats it away powerfully to the right of wide long-on for back-to-back fours
just short of a length and outside off, Pandya gets enough elevation to clear extra-cover. Babar chases the ball, but ends up parrying the ball into the boundary. Swung away over the off-side infield
back of a length on middle, Jadeja leans back and across as he guides it to the right of point. Jadeja collides with Rauf but they're good to go again
Change of gloves for Jadeja
Sai: "Excellent effort by debutant to complete that over. "
very full on middle and leg, just short of the yorker length, Pandya sits deep in the crease and whips it away to deep midwicket
Naseem leaves the field. Rauf will bowl the penultimate over
lifter, angling across off, beats Jadeja for pace and bouncer. Naseem ends with 2 for 27 in his four overs on debut in the oppressive Dubai heat
Jadeja makes room, Naseem follows him with a full ball. Jadeja lines up this slot ball and pumps a six over Naseem's head. Big strike for India
Naseem is getting some treatment and sips some drinks. Ashwin is running drinks for Pandya and Jadeja
Naseem appeals for lbw and collapses in his followthrough. The finger goes up, Naseem goes down. Jadeja has asked for a review. 141ks, fuller and thudding into the back pad. No bat involved but the question is: did it pitch outside leg? Yes indeed.
Jadeja makes room once again. Naseem slams it short and wide of off, away from the reach of Jadeja. Beaten
Naseem continues to struggle with cramps
back of a length and swerving away outside off. Jadeja slogs to the leg side and misses
Jadeja backs away outside leg and manufactures swinging room. Naseem spears it wide of off. Mid-off is up, as is cover. Jadeja reaches out for the ball and belts it away between mid-off and extra-cover
bouncer, angling across off, Jadeja lets it go. One for the over, says the umpire. Is Naseem struggling with cramps as well?
Naseem, the debutant, replaces Dahani. Rauf who has been struggling with some cramps sips some water at the edge of the boundary. Babar continues to hold Nawaz back. India need 32 off the last three overs. Pakistan incur over-rate penalty. Just four fielders outside the circle
full and thudding into the pads at 144ks, Rauf goes up for an lbw appeal but that pitched outside leg stum
full on the stumps, whipped away to the right of long leg for a couple of runs
full and veering down the leg side, wide
|Dubai International Cricket Stadium|
|Toss||India, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||T20I no. 1750|
|Match days||28 August 2022 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||India 2, Pakistan 0|