Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya silenced their critics with an impressive and tenacious partnership against Pakistan in the IND vs. PAK clash during the Group A match of the Asia Cup 2023. This thrilling encounter took place at the Pallekele International Cricket Stadium in Kandy.

Ishan Kishan showcased his prowess by securing his fourth consecutive ODI half-century, marking his seventh in just 17 ODI innings. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya reached his 11th ODI fifty. However, both narrowly missed reaching their respective centuries, with Kishan falling short by 18 runs and Hardik Pandya by 13 runs.

India was eventually bowled out for a total of 266 runs, with the Pakistani pace trio claiming all ten wickets. Shaheen Afridi led the bowling attack with four wickets, while Haris Rauf took three, and Naseem Shah contributed with a three-wicket haul, restricting India to what could be considered a competitive total.

The match began with Rohit Sharma winning the toss and opting to bat first. However, India faced early setbacks as Shaheen Afridi dismissed Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Haris Rauf then joined the action, dismissing Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill, leaving India reeling at a challenging position of 66-4.

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Nevertheless, the standout performance of the game came from Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan. Kishan, who played out of his usual opening position and batted at number 5, teamed up with Pandya to produce an exceptional partnership of 138 runs in 141 balls. Kishan’s innings of 82 runs off 81 balls included nine fours and two sixes, while Pandya contributed 87 runs in 90 balls, featuring seven fours and one six.

Fans and cricket enthusiasts praised the remarkable display by both these players.

Here are some notable tweets celebrating the outstanding performance of Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan:

The teams for the match were as follows:

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj

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Pakistan (Playing XI): Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam(c), Mohammad Rizwan(w), Agha Salman, Iftikhar Ahmed, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Shaheen Afridi, Naseem Shah, Haris Rauf