Asia Cup Cricket Tournament India rout Pakistan by eight-wickets

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 CITY-DM-24BY Champika Fernando reporting from Dubai

India, who had a mighty scare against Hong Kong on Tuesday, thrashed their arch-rivals Pakistan comfortably by eight-wickets in their last Asia Cup Group ‘B’ match played at the packed Dubai International Cricket Stadium in UAE last night.


Chasing a modest 163 to win the men in blue ticked off the target in the 29th over largely thanks to a flying start by their openers. 


Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added a blistering 86 runs off 79 deliveries for the opening wicket, ruthlessly taking Pakistani bowlers to the sword to lay the foundation for their crushing win.


Leg-spinner Shadab Khan struck with his first ball, removing Indian Skipper Sharma for a well-made 52. 


By then, however, the writing was on the wall for the Pakistanis who had earlier crumbled for a low score. 


When Sharma was bowled through the gate by Shadab, he had hit six boundaries and three sixes (including one that sailed to the upper stand of the stadium) in his 39-ball innings. 


This was his 35th half century. Shikhar Dhawan, who scored a century against Hong Kong on Tuesday, was out for 46 off 54 balls with six boundaries and a six when he hit Faheem Ashraf straight to backward point. 


Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik did the final rites with an unfinished 60-run stand for the third-wicket as India took sweet ravage for their Champions Trophy defeat with a rampaging victory. 


Karthik and Rayudu remained unbeaten on 31.


Earlier, Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar ran through the strong Pakistan batting line-up sharing three wickets apiece. 


Meeting their arch-rivals for the first time since the Champions Trophy final, Pakistan then crumbled to 162 all out after they elected to take the first lease of the wicket.


Pace bowler Kumar took three for 15 while off-spinner Jadhav finished with three for 23 as Pakistan collapsed from 85 for two, to be bowled out in 43.1 overs – a below par effort by the Champions Trophy winners.

 

Chasing a modest 163 to win the men in blue ticked off the target in the 29th over largely thanks to a flying start by their openers


Kumar, who was hardly impressive against Hong Kong less than 24 hours prior, gave the crucial breakthrough to Rohit Sharma’s men by dismissing openers Imam-ul-Haq (2) and Fakhar Zaman (0) inside five overs before Babar Azam (47) and Shoaib Malik (43) rebuilt the innings during their 82-run stand for the third wicket.


But Yadev dismissed Azam in the 22nd over triggering a great collapse, as Pakistan lost their last seven wickets for just 77 runs.


Azam hit six boundaries in his 62-ball knock, while Malik, who had a lifeline on 26 after wicket-keeper M. S. Dhoni dropped him off Hardik Pandya, hit one six and one boundary in his 67 ball vigil in the middle. 


But Pandya, who stumbled to the ground on the follow-through while bowling his fifth over, was soon stretchered away with a lower back injury. The extent of it is not yet known.


Both teams have already qualified for the Super Fours, having beaten Hong Kong earlier. 


They will meet again on Sunday at the same venue in their Super Fours encounter.


Bangladesh and Afghanistan, who beat Sri Lanka in the first-round, are the other two teams in the Super Fours where each will play one match against each other to earn a place in the Asia Cup final scheduled for September 28.
Today Bangladesh and Afghanistan will meet in the last group match in Abu Dhabi.

 

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