Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan’s Unusual ‘All Out’ Against India Explained

Asia Cup 2023: Pakistan's Unusual 'All Out' Against India Explained

The Mystery Behind Pakistan’s ‘All Out’ With Eight Wickets Down in Asia Cup 2023 Match Against India

Pakistan was declared ‘all out’ for 128 in their Asia Cup match against India, even though they had only lost eight wickets. The reason for this was a technicality in the playing conditions, which stated that if a team had less than four batters or bowlers available at the start of the match, they would be considered to have only nine wickets in hand.

Pakistan had only three specialist bowlers in their squad, and one of them, Hasan Ali, was ruled out due to injury before the toss. This meant that Pakistan had effectively nine wickets to play with, and when they lost their eighth wicket in the 47th over, they were deemed to be ‘all out’ by the umpires.

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This rule was introduced by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) to prevent teams from fielding unbalanced sides and to ensure fair competition. However, it backfired for Pakistan, who were chasing a mammoth target of 357 and had a slim chance of winning the match. Their captain, Babar Azam, was unaware of the rule and protested the decision, but to no avail.

Babar Azam was not pleased with the performance of his side’s batters, and in the aftermath of the match, he praised Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.

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“Weather not in our hands – but both bowling and batting. (How Rohit and Shubman attacked Pakistan’s main bowlers) They had a plan for our bowlers. And then KL and Virat followed up and finished very well. (Pakistan fans, disappointed, maybe in the run chase. Never in the hunt.) Jasprit and Siraj bowled very well in the first ten overs, swinging both ways. Yes, we lost back-to-back wickets, couldn’t build partnerships.”

On the other hand, Pakistan was left to rue their misfortune and lack of bowling options. They had only one win from three matches and needed to beat Bangladesh in their last game to make it to the final. However, their hopes were dashed when Bangladesh pulled off a stunning upset and beat them by four wickets, thanks to a brilliant century from Mushfiqur Rahim.

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