India secured a commanding 228-run triumph over Pakistan on Monday. This victory propelled India to the top of the Super Fours standings with 2 points from 1 match, while Pakistan stand third in the points table with 2 points from 2 matches.It was India’s biggest margin of victory — by runs — over Pakistan.
After setting a formidable target of 357 runs, thanks to splendid centuries by Virat Kohli and KL Rahul, India managed to dismiss Pakistan for just 128 runs, which marked their third-lowest total against India.
“It would be premature to dismiss Pakistan based on a single defeat,” Akhtar said in a video posted on his X handle.
“Congratulations to India for their remarkable performance! India displayed exceptional prowess in both their batting and bowling. They left no stone unturned in dominating the match. India’s bowling unit exhibited a relentless attitude, consistently taking wickets and dismissing the opposition early,” he said.
“As a fast bowler, I found this to be an extremely encouraging sign. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj delivered brilliant spells, and Kuldeep’s bowling was also exceptional,” Akhtar, who played 46 Tests, 163 ODIs and 15 T20Is for Pakistan between 1997 and 2011, said.
India will now take on Sri Lanka on Tuesday.