India suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of arch-rivals Pakistan in the second match of the Super 4 of the Asia Cup 2022 on Sunday night. In this thrilling match, Team India, batting first, had set a target of 182 runs for victory in front of Pakistan, which was achieved by the neighboring country with 1 ball remaining. The turning point in this match against Pakistan was Arshdeep dropping the catch. On the third ball of the 18th over, Arshdeep dropped a simple catch of Asif Ali in the direction of short third man. Captain Rohit Sharma got furious on this mistake of the young player and expressed his anger on the field itself. But do you know that Rohit Sharma repeated the same mistake he did in the group stage in this match against Pakistan.
First let’s talk about Arshdeep’s catch. When Arshdeep dropped Asif’s catch on the third ball of the 18th over, Asif’s account was not even opened. After this, the right-handed batsman turned the match and played an innings of 16 runs in 8 balls with the help of 2 fours and 1 six. If Arshdeep had caught Asif at that time, then perhaps the result of the match would have been in India’s favour.
Now if we talk about Rohit Sharma’s mistake, then in the group stage against Pakistan, India could not complete 20 overs on time, due to which in the last three overs, India had to keep 5 fielders instead of 4 in the 30-yard circle. On Sunday too, Rohit Sharma repeated this mistake. Against Pakistan, Team India was able to bowl 19 overs on time and in the last over, India had to put an extra fielder inside the circle.
Team India’s next match in Super 4 is to be against Sri Lanka on 6 September, while Rohit Sharma’s team will face Afghanistan on 8 September. If India wants to enter the final, then in any case both the matches will have to be won. A mistake by Team India can now put them out of the race for the final.