Arshdeep and Hardik both pick three-fer to restrict Pakistan for 160 in opening encounter of T20 World Cup

Arshdeep’s redemption story at the MCG takes him from shame to splendor.

Arshdeep and Hardik performed admirably when they faced Pakistan at the MCG, where more than 100,000 onlookers were present.

Arshdeep and Hardik Pandya shine with ball in hand against Pakistan

Given the new ball in the second over of the match and in his maiden ICC World event, Arshdeep sent back captain Babar off his first ball, despite being the villain in their previous meeting.

Grief at one end, greeting at the other. He didn’t stop there, as he also bounced the highest-ranked T20i player in the world, MO Rizwan, giving India the perfect start.

After a flurry of wickets in the powerplay, Shan and Iftikhar batted through the middle overs, offering the threat of a big total. After veteran seamer Shami provided the breakthrough, it was all Hardik Pandya.

Hardik took two wickets in an over to dismiss Haider and Shadab. It’s time to pay attention to Hardik’s exploits against Pakistan, as they appear to be his favorite opponents.

Hardik’s numbers vs Pakistan.

2016 Asia cup- 3/8 (3.3)

2017 Champions trophy finals- 76 (43)

2022 Asia cup- 3/25, 33 (17)*

Today’s three-fer will be added to the list.
Arshdeep took Asif Ali’s wicket to finish his four overs with three wickets for 32 runs. Pandya went 3 for 30. Arshdeep’s new ball exploits and Pandya pulling things back in the middle overs restricted Pakistan to a total of 159 runs in 20 overs.

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