Asia Cup 2018, Super Four, Third Match, India vs Pakistan – India won by 9 wickets
Sunday, September 23, 2018, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Yet another easy victory for Indians against their arch-rivals Pakistan in ODIs. This time they defeated Pakistan by a big margin of 9 wickets in the ‘Super Four’ game in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 on Sunday (Sep 23). Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, almost polished off the target of 238 runs themselves!
Pakistan got into all sorts of trouble after having elected to bat first. They lost their opener Imam ul Haq to an excellent review from MS Dhoni while their other opener Fakhar Zaman was out LBW to Kuldeep in an awkward fashion in the 15th over! Sarfraz and Malik added 107 runs for the fourth wicket, the period only during which Pakistan looked comfortable. With some meaty blows from Asif Ali, Pakistan finished with 237 for 7 in 50 overs.
Chasing 238 to win, Rohit and Dhawan scored centuries each and put on a 210-run stand for the opening wicket. India chased down the target in 39.3 overs and with 9 wickets in hand. With this victory, India have booked their place in the Asia Cup 2018 final while Pakistan have to beat Bangladesh in their next game to see their fate.
India– 238/1 in 39.3 overs (Shikhar Dhawan – 114, Rohit Sharma – 111*) beat Pakistan – 237/7 in 50 overs (Shoaib Malik – 78, Sarfraz Ahmed – 44, Jasprit Bumrah – 2/29, Kuldeep Yadav – 2/41) by 9 wickets
Player of the Match:
Shikhar Dhawan (Ind) – 114runsoff 100 deliveries with 16 fours and 2 sixes.
Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Bench:Lokesh Rahul, Manish Pandey, Deepak Chahar, Siddarth Kaul, K Khaleel Ahmed
Playing XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
Bench:Shan Masood, Faheem Ashraf, Junaid Khan, Haris Sohail, Usman Khan
Asia Cup 2018 ‘Super Four’ Schedule:
Match #1: Sep 21, India vs Bangladesh, Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #2: Sep 21, Pakistan vs Afghanistan, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Match #3: Sep 23, India vs Pakistan,Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #4: Sep 23, Afghanistan vs Bangladesh, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Match #5: Sep 25, India vs Afghanistan, Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Match #6: Sep 26, Pakistan vs Bangladesh, Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
** Image credits to Yahoo Cricket