Tempo spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi mentioned bowling in partnerships was the important thing to rattling India’s batting within the blockbuster Asia Cup conflict deserted due to rain.
The left-arm quick bowler took 4 wickets, together with the prize top-order dismissals of India captain Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, as Pakistan gained a psychological edge over their nice rivals, who had elected to bat first in Kandy on Saturday.
The 2 groups may doubtlessly conflict twice extra within the Asia Cup if each attain the ultimate, forward of a extremely anticipated 50-over World Cup conflict in Ahmedabad subsequent month.
Shaheen, who completed with 4-35, and fellow fast Haris Rauf decreased India to 66-Four earlier than a fightback by Ishan Kishan, who made 82, and Hardik Pandya (87) lifted India to 266 all out.
New-ball-partner Naseem Shah didn’t get his first wicket till the 45th over however then struck twice extra to wrap up the India innings in 48.5 overs.
Rain meant Pakistan have been unable to bat and the factors shared.
It was sufficient to place Pakistan into the Tremendous 4 stage of the Asia Cup and India will be part of them in the event that they keep away from defeat to Nepal on the identical floor on Monday.
“Mickey (Arthur) always says ‘fast bowlers win you tournaments’ and we always try to bowl in partnerships,” mentioned Shaheen of the nationwide crew director in a video chat on the Pakistan Cricket Board’s social media.
He mentioned the position of Haris Rauf, the third member of a frightening tempo assault, was “to instil fear in the opposition batsmen with pace and bouncers, while Naseem and I rely on swing”.
Shaheen arrange Rohit, on 11, with two outswingers and introduced the following again in to smash the off stump of the Indian captain.
Kohli was the following to go on 4 as he chopped on a size supply outdoors the off stump from Shaheen.
“Virat is the backbone of the Indian team and getting his wicket was crucial,” mentioned Shaheen, who was assured Pakistan may have gained had the climate not intervened.
“We had the result in our hands. But overall the team performance in one innings was very good.”
Former speedster Shoaib Akhtar praised Shaheen on his opening spell.
“I don’t think Rohit is able to read or understand Shaheen at all,” Akhtar mentioned on his official YouTube channel.
“The visual of Rohit Sharma being beaten like this was not good, he is a far better player than this,” he mentioned.