Indian commentator Aakash Chopra has highlighted that the entire Pakistan team scoring just six runs more than Virat Kohli shows the magnitude of India’s victory in the Asia Cup 2023 Super Four clash. Rohit Sharma and Co set a target of 357 runs for the Men in Green on the back of unbeaten centuries from Kohli and KL Rahul in Colombo on Monday, September 11. The seven-time champions bowled out Babar Azam’s team for 128 runs and completed the score of 228 runs. -Start malling.
Reviewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Chopra, on a lighter note, said that India also had the option of implementing the follow-on in the ODI. He elaborated:
“Give the follow-on because you don’t register a 228-run win in ODI cricket but India did it. They made 356 and stopped Pakistan at 128. Kohli alone made 122 and the entire team made only six more than him.”
The former Indian opener said that Pakistan had to face a crushing defeat. They said:
“The truth is that they were totally destroyed in the match. I get three words in my mind – destruction, demolition, annihilation. Pakistan felt something like that in yesterday’s game.”
While chasing the target, none of the Pakistani batsmen could reach the 30-run mark. Kuldeep Yadav, who recorded figures of 5/25 in his eight-over spell, was the key player for India.
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“They Picked Up Almost Where They Left Off On The 11th On The 10th” – Aakash Chopra On India’s Continued Dominance
Aakash Chopra highlighted that Pakistan failed to find success in the 25.5 overs bowled on Monday. He saw:
“Rain caused a lot of interruptions but the reserve day came in handy. They almost started on the 11th from where they left off on the 10th. 24 overs had been bowled and 147 had been scored. India had lost only two wickets and after that, they didn’t get even a single wicket. It was amazing.”
The cricketer-turned-commentator said that the injuries to Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah have increased Pakistan’s problems.
“Pakistan had problems and they multiplied manyfold by the time the innings ended because Haris Rauf wasn’t available at all. He got a slight side strain when he was bowling on the 10th. The good thing is that it’s not a tear but he didn’t bowl a single ball and Naseem Shah got injured just before the end.”
Aakash Chopra concluded by saying that Pakistan, who had started as a favorite, is now standing next to the exit door. He said that India-Pakistan final cannot be held once again in the Asia Cup, especially as rain can disrupt some of the upcoming matches.