Ind vs Pak, Asia Cup: Hardik Pandya's Heroics Help India Beat Pakistan In Thriller

IND vs PAK - Asia Cup 2022: India, on 28th August 2022 defeated Pakistan by 5 wickets in the Asia Cup 2022 encounter in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Key Highlights:  

• The match was played at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

• With this victory, India are not only sitting at the top of the Group A standings, but they also have got one foot in Super Four. 

• India successfully completed the 148-run chase with two deliveries remaining.

• Hardik Pandya's unbeaten 33 runs from only 17 deliveries, while also picking up three wickets lifted India to victory in a thriller against Pakistan.

• Hardik Pandya also register his nation's ninth win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup.

• Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the most successful Indian bowler - picking up 4 wickets.

• Pakistan scored 147 runs after being asked to bat first by the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma.

About Asia Cup 2022:

• The Asia Cup 2022 is being played in the T20 format. 

• It will be played in a double round-robin format followed by the final.

• This is the second time the tournament will be played in the shortest format.

• It was last held in the T20 format in Bangladesh in 2016, where India beat the host by eight wickets in the final.

• The tournament began in the UAE on August 27, 2022.

• UAE is hosting the tournament for the fourth time.

• Note:  India has only hosted the tournament once in 1990-91 when it clinched its third title after beating Sri Lanka in the final in Kolkata.

• A total of 13 matches will take place during the tournament. 

About Asia Cup:

• The Asian Cricket Council Asia Cup is a Men's One Day International and Twenty20 International Cricket Tournament played amongst Asian countries. 

• In 1983, Asia Cup was established by Asian Cricket Council in 1983.

• The tournament was founded with an objective to promote goodwill between Asian countries. The tournament was originally scheduled to be held every two years. 

• Now, it is being held every 2 years between ODI and T20I formats.

• The tournament has since had 14 editions - the last of them being in 2018 in UAE. 

India's performance in Asia Cup:

• India is the most successful side in the tournament’s history with seven titles (1984, 1988, 1990-91, 1995, 2010, 2016, 2018).

o Sri Lanka is second on the list with five titles, followed by Pakistan with two titles. 

o Sri Lanka is also the only team to feature in all 14 editions.