Hardik Pandya | Player of the Match: In bowling, it's important to assess the situation and use your weapons. For me, bowling short and hard lengths have been my strengths. It's about using them well and asking the right questions to make the batters commit a mistake. In a chase like this, you always plan over by over. I always knew that there is one young bowler and also one left-arm spinner. We only needed 7 off the last over but even if we needed 15, I'd have fancied myself. I know the bowler is under more pressure than me in the 20th over. I try to keep things simple.
Rohit Sharma (India skipper): Halfway through the chase, we still knew that we can win irrespective of the situation. We had the belief and when you have that belief, these things can happen. It's about giving clarity to the guys so that they know their roles well. It was a bit challenging but I'll take wins like this any day over usual victories. Yes, they (India's pace bowling) have come a long way in the last year or so and they have adapted well to different situations. Since the time he (Hardik) made his comeback, he's been brilliant. When he was not part of the team, he figured out what he needs to do to his body and his fitness regime, and now he is clocking 140+ easily. His batting quality we all know and it's been brilliant since his comeback. He is a lot calmer now and more confident about what he wants to do, whether it's with the bat or with the ball. He can bowl really quick, we saw that today with those short balls. It was always about just understanding his game and he's doing that well now. In a high-pressure chase with 10 rpo needed, you can panic but he never showed any of that.
Babar Azam (Pakistan skipper): The way we started (with the ball), was great. We were about 10-15 runs short. Bowlers did really well to make a match of this. Our tail did step up a bit to add those handy runs. Thought was to take the game deep (and hold back Nawaz's last over). Idea was to create pressure but Hardik finished well. He (Naseem) is a very young bowler but bowled so well, and showed so much aggression.
Ravindra Jadeja: Thank you very much. We wanted to play till the end, they have a very good bowling attack, their fast bowlers donât give anything away. I could have finished the game - left-arm spinner against the left-hander, but Hardik played superbly. He (Pandya) came out and said he was going to play his shots, and happy that he stayed till the end.
India won by 5 wickets.
Over 19.4 Mohammad Nawaztossed up deliveryto Hardik Pandya,Six! Sits back and smash this quicker delivery over long-on for a flat maximum. Pandya finishes it in style.
Over 19.3 Mohammad Nawaz bowls a quicker arm ball to Hardik Pandya, no run, made room and wanted to blast this through the off-side with no sweeper at deep cover.
Over 19.2 Mohammad Nawaztossed up deliveryto Dinesh Karthik,1 run, gets forward and sweeps hard but straight to deep backward square leg. Just a single
Over 19.1 Mohammad Nawaztossed up deliveryto Ravindra Jadeja,out Bowled!! Jadeja to get under the ball for the slog sweep and this brushes the back thigh en route to the stumps.
End of Over 19 (14 runs) India 141/4
Hardik Pandya 27/15 Haris Rauf 4-0-34-0 Ravindra Jadeja 35/28
Over 18.6 Haris Rauf bowls a back of length delivery to Hardik Pandya, Boundary! Stays back to the hard length and unleashes one of his signature short-arm jabs.
Over 18.5 Haris Raufbowls it short of lengthto Hardik Pandya, no run, goes deep inside the crease and went for a pull but misses.
Over 18.4 Haris Raufbowls it short of lengthto Hardik Pandya, Boundary! Hardik is ready on the back foot and he's waltzed the pull over mid-wicket. In the gap and long-on can't stop it
Over 18.3 Haris Raufbowls a pitched up deliveryto Hardik Pandya, Boundary! Gets width to free his arms and he's flat-batted this hard-length ball well over mid-off. Not a clean hit but enough to clear the infield
Over 18.2 Haris Rauf bowls a slower one to Ravindra Jadeja,1 run, gets waits and dabs it to backward point. Another single. Pakistan won't mind this one bit.
Over 18.1 Haris Raufbowls a pitched up deliveryto Hardik Pandya,1 run, backing away to make room, whipped away to deep mid-wicket. Just a single
End of Over 18 (10 runs) India 127/4
Ravindra Jadeja 34/27 Naseem Shah 4.1-0-25-2 Hardik Pandya 14/10
Over 17.6 Naseem Shah bowls a back of length delivery to Ravindra Jadeja, no run, shuffles across on the back foot and tries to glance it but misses.
Over 17.5 Naseem Shahbowls a pitched up deliveryto Ravindra Jadeja,Six! Right in the arc for Jadeja who puts it away with a clean loft down the ground. Hit it straight and got it between long-on and long-off.
Over 17.4 Naseem Shahbowls a good length deliveryto Ravindra Jadeja, no run, This did straighten and hit him plumb on the back leg. Surely hitting middle-and-leg but that won't matter as ball tracking shows it to be not pitching in line.