Asia Cup 2018: All-round performance of India outclassed Pakistan by eight wickets in their group match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday. Elected to bat first, Pakistan’s innings was wrapped up for just 162 runs, kudos to the Indian bowlers who gripped the innings right from the start and didn’t allowed Pakistani Batsmen to make a comeback in the match as their score was only 25 runs for the loss of 2 wickets in the powerplay of 10 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav were the star bowlers as they shared 3 wickets each between them. Apart from them, the depth bowler, Jasprit Bumrah finished his bowling spell with two wickets.
In reply, India made a decent start and then it was a bang inning of 50 plus runs from the bat of Hit-man and current Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma. It was the 35th ODI fifty for him in the Asia Cup 2018. A fine partnership held between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. However, soon after Rohit’s half-century, Shadab Khan set him back to the pavilion. But, Shikhar Dhawan kept the fight alive but Faheem Ashraf dismissed him for 46 as the left-handed batsman missed out on his fifty. After Rohit and Dhawan’s dismissal, both Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik assured India crossed the finishing line. Ambati Rayudu hit the finishing runs and achieved the target in just 29 overs.
Now, India will again clash against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018 on September 23 on the same venue.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was adjudged “Man of the Match” for his brilliant spell of 3/15.
Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya was injured in the 4th over of his spell. We just hope for his speedy recovery.