Watch: Following India's victory over Pakistan in the Asia Cup, Virat Kohli meets a "Maaro Mujhe"-fame fan.
The Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan on Sunday was a wonderful nail-biter for the spectators because it was so close. India eventually prevailed in the last-over drama by five wickets, but not before both teams experienced a true roller-coaster trip. The crowd was on the edge of their seats until India's Hardik Pandya smashed a six to win the game with six runs needed off the final three balls.
The amicable interactions between players from both teams and their supporters gave the India-Pakistan game more flavour. Mohammad Rizwan, the Pakistani wicketkeeper, was hugged by Hardik Pandya during the match, but Virat Kohli welcomed the former
A great sportsman and a humble personality. The one and only @imVkohli 🙌🏻 Good to see him back in form!— Momin Saqib (@mominsaqib) August 28, 2022
What a game tonight! 🔥
Shall see you in the Final! 🏏#AsiaCup2022 #MominSaqib #ViratKohli #Kohli #INDvsPAK2022 #PakvInd #Dubai #UAE @DubaiStadium @ICCAcademy pic.twitter.com/gx8dDalHdv
Another video of Kohli is also trending on social media. In it, the Indian batter meets Pakistani influencer Momin Saqib, who shot to fame after saying "Maaro mujhe maaro," which was later turned into a meme. Notably, Saqib had expressed his unhappiness following India's 89-run victory over Pakistan (DLS method) in the 2019 ODI World Cup group stage.
Speaking of the game, Hardik Pandya put out a remarkable all-around performance as India maintained composure to defeat Pakistan by five wickets in their Asia Cup opener on Sunday in Dubai. Under intense pressure, Hardik (3/25 in 4 overs) demonstrated his great value as his well-placed short balls and Bhuvneshwar's 4 for 25 assisted India in bowling out Pakistan for 147.
The middle order was under additional pressure because India's seasoned top-three struggled during what should have been an easy chase. A 52-run stand between Hardik (33 not out off 17) and Ravindra Jadeja (35 off 29) put India on the verge of a historic victory. India won the match thanks to the star all-three rounder's fours against Haris Rauf off the 19th over.