The upcoming India Vs Pakistan game in the Asia Cup 2022 has already become one of the most anticipated cricket games of the year, but while we build up to this huge game, it’s also important to look back and reflect on what these two teams achieved during the last edition of the Asia Cup which had also taken place in UAE in 2018.
India and Pakistan faced each other twice in the Asia Cup of 2018, both times in Dubai and both times, India ended up thumping Pakistan by huge margins. India had not even played with their full strength team in the tournament as the regular Indian captain of that time, Virat Kohli, was rested and it was his deputy Rohit Sharma who had led India.
The format of the last Asia Cup was pretty much like Asia Cup 2022, where there was a group round before a Super 4 round and then the final. India and Pakistan were placed in the same group along with Hong Kong and since both of them beat Hong Kong, both of them advanced to the Super 4 round.
But, in the group game where India faced Pakistan, they bowled first and with the help of a three wicket haul from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the men in blue bundled Pakistan out for just 162 runs. India then chased the target down without breaking a sweat at the loss of just two wickets. The captain Rohit Sharma himself led from the front with a rapid half-century.
There might be three India Vs Pakistan games in Asia Cup 2022
India and Pakistan then faced each other again in Super 4 round of Asia Cup 2018 and this game also unfolded on the same lane as the first one. Batting first, Pakistan were restricted to 237 which was a score well below par on a good batting track and in reply, both the Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored sparkling hundreds, as India chased down the target again at the loss of just one wicket this time around.
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There was a possibility of a third India Vs Pakistan game too, but it couldn’t happen because Pakistan didn’t reach the final and India eventually faced Bangladesh in the final. However, in Asia Cup 2022, there might be three India Vs Pakistan games if both teams make it to the final.