India vs Pakistan, a match that has cricket fans glued to their seats and that was just what happened when India played Pakistan in their second encounter during the super four game of the Asia Cup on Sunday.
The two teams did meet earlier in the qualifiers and India emerged victorious by beating Pakistan by 8 wickets. Considering the performance of the India bowling contingent, team India was ready to face Sarfraz Ahmed and their formidable batting line up.
Pakistan did manage to better their score from the qualifiers, however they didn’t do enough to stop Team India from their victory. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bat but soon enough they were at 58/3 and off to a bad start. The partnership between Ahmed and Shoaib Malik added another 44 runs to their score, but the Indian bowlers were a force to reckon with and Pakistan ended their innings with 237/7 on the board.
The Indian’s took to the bat and worked their magic with Rohit Sharma (111*) and Shikhar Dhawan (114) racing to their centuries. India was at 150 for no loss putting the Pakistani bowling under immense pressure. Not to mention their poor performace on the filed with catches being dropped. The Indian opening batsmen lead the team straight to victory. A commendable performance by team India with this nine-wicket victory.
In other interesting news that made the headlines during the first India Pakistan encounter was that of a video that went viral of a Pakistani fan singing the Indian National Anthem. Adil Taj who won the hearts of many says that he was overwhelmed by the respect the Indians displayed when the Pakistani national anthem was played and decided to return it with this small gesture. “Indians are telling me that their opinion about Pakistanis has changed after watching his video. I feel happy that it has made a positive impact,” he quotes.
Its gestures like these that are winning hearts and building a great camaraderie between the two teams and their fans. Looks like they are building bridges and not walls after all.