Aakash Chopra, the former Indian opener, has applauded the impressive performance of Pakistan’s bowlers in their match against Bangladesh during the Asia Cup. In the first Super 4 clash of the tournament, Pakistan’s pace trio of Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah combined to take eight wickets, limiting Bangladesh to a modest 193. Pakistan then secured a convincing seven-wicket victory, with composed half-centuries from Imam-ul-Haq and Mohammad Rizwan.
Chopra praised the “top-class” performance of the Pakistani bowlers on a flat Lahore pitch that appeared ideal for batting. Haris Rauf was the standout bowler, capturing four wickets for just 19 runs in six overs, while Naseem Shah contributed with figures of 3/34 and Shaheen Shah Afridi took 1/42.
“It was a very flat track, and the Pakistani trio, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem Shah, bowled incredibly well to pick up wickets there. Their fast bowling is absolutely top-class. They didn’t even let Bangladesh reach a target of 200 on an absolute road-like surface,” Aakash Chopra commented during JioCinema’s daily sports show ‘#AAKASHVANI.’
Former Indian cricketer Abhishek Nayar shared his thoughts on the upcoming India-Pakistan clash in the Super 4 round.
“If they have pace, we have batsmen who can utilize that pace. We have seen how Virat Kohli batted in the World Cup. I don’t think anyone has an upper hand; both teams are very good. But we all know that under pressure, India has always performed better, and I expect the same in the near future,” Abhishek Nayar said.
Robin Uthappa echoed Nayar’s sentiments, highlighting India’s batting prowess and the ability to handle Pakistan’s fast bowlers.
RP Singh emphasized that the upcoming clash between India and Pakistan would be a showdown between the best bowling and batting line-ups, acknowledging Pakistan’s strength in the bowling department. India and Pakistan are set to face each other in the Super 4 round on September 10 in Colombo, following the washout of their group stage encounter on September 2 in Pallekele.