Into a big game at the Tribhuvan University International Cricket Ground, it was the match everyone was waiting for, yes it was India vs Pakistan and the excitement was indeed hight! India after being put to bat first were least affected as both the openers Parsuram Desle & Saurabh Malik thrashed the bowlers stitching a game changing 162 run stand for the 1st wicket. That’s also a record partnership in the ASIA Cup for the openers. Parsuram batted the whole quota of 20 overs hitting a brilliant 109* in just 70 balls laced with 21 boundaries while Saurabh Malik played the supporting role with a solid 61 off 45 balls.
Pakistan team despite a poor start by the openers looked strong with Sajid Abbasi’s hard fought 91*and Fiaz’s 47. A 117 run stand by both these batsman helped Pakistan reach 178/5 but eventually they fell short by 12 runs. Saurabh Malik with 2/20 in 4 overs was also the pick of the bowlers as nothing went wrong for him on that day.
India won the match by 12 runs with Parsuram being declared ‘man of the match’ while no love was lost between two nations as both the teams embraced each other with great hospitality, love and warmth just showing that both the countries are always united through cricket.
Some historic moments captured post win-