DUBAI: In a much awaited encounter between the cricket archrivals that was expected to be a very explosive fixture, India smoothly defeated Pakistan by 8 wickets in a one sided match, the first encounter between the two in the ongoing Asia Cup quest here on Wednesday night here at Dubai Sports City.
Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets apiece as Pakistan crumbled to 162 all out in their Asia Cup match against arch rivals India in Dubai on Wednesday.
Leg-spinner Shadab Khan provided a much-needed relief to the Pakistani team on his very first ball of the game as the Indian skipper failed to read his googly.
Rohit leaned forward to the length and stuck his bat out but left a big gap between bat and pad and the ball went right through to hit middle and leg.
Rohit scored 52 runs on a strike rate of 133.33.
Kumar ran through the top order by dismissing openers Imam-ul-Haq (two) 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 after Azam was dismissed in the 22nd over, bowled by left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav, Pakistan lost their last seven wickets for 77 runs.
Azam hit six boundaries in his 62-ball knock while Malik, dropped on 26 by MS Dhoni off Hardik Pandya, cracked one six and one four in a vigilant innings lasting 67 deliveries.
Bowling his fifth over, Pandya fell in his follow through and was stretchered off with a lower back injury, the extent of which was assessed by the India team´s medical staff.
Both teams have already qualified for the Super Four stage of the tournament from Group A while Bangladesh and Afghanistan will advance from Group B. The top two teams from the Super Four round-robin will contest the final in Dubai on September 28.
The Indian bowling dominated the game from the start, courtesy the early departure of the Pakistani openers. Pakistan briefly tilted the game in its favour with an 82-run partnership between Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam.
Skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, and Asif Ali failed to play much-needed strong innings as they were both dismissed cheaply on six and nine runs respectively. A brilliant throw by Ambati Rayudu curtailed Malik’s resistance against the Indian side. The former skipper added 43 off 67 runs in the total tally. – Agencies
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