Batting great Virat Kohli had a nervy 100th T20 international as teammate Hardik Pandya led India to a five-wicket victory over archrivals Pakistan in the Asia Cup on Sunday.
Pandya claimed 3-25 with his fiery short-pitched deliveries and helped India to limit Pakistan to 147 before smashing an unbeaten 33 off 17 balls which carried India to 148-5 with just two balls to spare.
“It’s important to assess the situation and use your weapons,” Pandya said. “I knew they had (Mohammad) Nawaz waiting to bowl, and while we needed seven (runs off the last over), even if we needed 15, I would have fancied my chances.”
Pakistan was set to upstage India but a calm Pandya smashed three boundaries in the penultimate over against Haris Rauf before finishing off the game in style with a six over wide mid on against left-arm spinner Nawaz (3-33).