Dubai: Skipper Rohit Sharma and his deputy Shikhar Dhawan confirmed their mastery in white ball cricket with fashionable lots of as India took a large stride in direction of summit conflict of Asia Cup with a cushty nine-wicket win in opposition to Pakistan on Sunday. That is India’s greatest win in opposition to Pakistan when it comes to variety of wickets misplaced.Chasing a goal of 238, Rohit (111* off 119 balls) and Dhawan (114 off 100 balls) flayed the Pakistan assault including 210 runs for the opening stand to seal their second lopsided victory in opposition to the arch-rivals within the event in solely 39.three overs. It was Rohit’s third successive fifty 50 plus rating within the event with sequence being 52, 83* and 111*. Dhawan’s is much more spectacular with 127, 46, 40 and 114.
One of the crucial fearsome opening pairs in ODI format, Rohit-Dhawan mixture have been helped by some extraordinary bowling from Pakistan with equally sloppy fielding compounding their woes. Their understanding in 22 yards is exemplary and as Dhawan teed off witha flurry of boundaries, Rohit was prepared to carry one find yourself.
Dhawan, who’s comfy on pitches the place thee is lack of motion performed some pretty drives on the up. He additionally pulled with ferocity and minimize something broad. Rohit’s first vital shot was a pulled six off rookie pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi.
Dhawan additionally gave the identical therapy to an woefully off form Mohammed Aamir (0/41 in 5 overs). Dhawan’s 50 got here off 56 balls with a pulled boundary whereas Rohit took 65 balls to succeed in the mini milestone.
Nonetheless after finishing their fifties, it was a job reversal with the skipper immediately shifting gears as he hit leg-spinner Shahdab Khan for 2 sixes over deep mid-wicket.
Dhawan reached his 15th hundred with a canopy drive off Afridi and celebrated it with an enormous six and a boundary earlier than being needlessly run-out. His innings had 16 fours and two sixes.
Identical to his half-century, Rohit scampered residence for a double to finish his 19th ton and on the way in which additionally accomplished 7000 runs in ODI format. By the point the match ended Rohit had hit seven fous and 4 sixes.
Earlier, Pakistan produced an improved batting efficiency, led by India’s nemesis Shoaib Malik, scoring 237 for 7 in 50 overs.
Veteran Malik scored 78 off 90 balls and added a useful 107 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (44 off 66 balls) to allow Pakistan submit a preventing complete.
The Pakistan innings may very well be segregated into three distinct components. A sluggish begin the place India made inroads adopted by strong middle-overs batting earlier than failing to utilise the launch pad totally with Jasprit Bumrah (2/29 in 10 overs) being sensible on the loss of life.
India as soon as once more began properly with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s penchant for getting DRS opinions proper after Yuzvendra Chahal (2/46 in 9 overs) obtained his first wicket by trapping Imam ul Haq (10) in entrance of the stumps.
Fakhar Zaman (31) was set however misplaced his footing attempting to comb Kuldeep Yadav (2/41 in 10 overs) to get leg earlier than. The replays confirmed that the ball hit his gloves first however Pakistan did not take a evaluate. Babar Azam was run-out when his skipper obtained a name for single flawed as Pakistan have been lowered to 58 for 3.
Nonetheless, it was the Malik-Sarfraz mixture that supplied the launch pad with their smart strategy in the course of the center overs. The seasoned duo stored on rotating the strike, hitting the boundaries and sixes at any time when given a possibility.
Malik, who’s a grasp participant of spin bowling, hit Yuzvendra Chahal for a slog sweep and likewise performed Kedar Jadhav (0/20 in three overs) properly. Jadhav was hit for a few boundaries in a single over as he dropped brief.
With out attempting to defend, Malik-Sarfraz obtained singles at will in opposition to Jadhav, prompting Rohit to take him off assault after solely three overs. Ravinda Jadeja (0/50 in 9 overs) after a great match in opposition to Bangladesh was flat and Malik used his ft to perfection lofting him straight into the VIP stands for a six.
Sarfraz, who performed second fiddle to perfection was lastly dismissed when he tried to hit Kuldeep over cowl solely to be snapped by Rohit Sharma. Malik was joined by Asif Ali (30 off 21 balls), who teed off by smashing Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 2 sixes and a boundary within the 42nd over, that fetched Pakistan 22 runs.
Nonetheless, there was one other twist left as Jasprit Bumrah, coming again for his closing spell obtained an inside edge off Malik’s bat to get him caught behind. His innings had 4 boundaries and two sixes.
Asif, who regarded like chopping free, missed a googly from Chahal to get bowled as Pakistan misplaced the momentum.
Bumrah was phenomenal on the loss of life, bowling block-hole deliveries at will. In all he bowled 39 dot balls in his 10 overs and Pakistan may rating solely 38 runs of their final seven overs.
First Revealed: September 24, 2018, 9:32 AM IST