India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018: India blew Pakistan away at the Dubai International Stadium. Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik put in the finishing touches to take India to an eight-wicket win but the foundation was laid by a brilliant bowling performance and Pakistan’s astonishingly poor shot selection. The only negative for India from this match is the injury suffered by Hardik Pandya, who had to be stretchered off the pitch due to a back spasm during Pakistan’s innings.
— BCCI (@BCCI) September 19, 2018
It was a superlative effort from the bowling unit that saw them shoot out Pakistan for a paltry 162 in 43.1 overs before Rohit Sharma (52 off 39 balls) and Shikhar Dhawan (46 off 54 balls) added 86 for the opening wicket to ensure a smooth chase for the ‘Men In Blue’ in only 29 overs.
This was India’s most comprehensive victory in terms of balls remaining (126).
After a wake-up call against Hong Kong, the Pakistan match was a near perfect performance for India as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/15 in 7 overs) and Kedar Jadhav (3/23 in 9 overs) were perfectly complemented by Jasprit Bumrah (2/23 in 7.1 overs) and Kuldeep Yadav (1/37 in 8 overs).
If Kuldeep’s googly to snuff out Babar Azam was the turning point, Kedar Jadhav’s unconventional side-arm off-breaks broke the lower middle-order as Pakistan never recovered from the batting collapse.
— PAKIIII💚 (@SyeD_lybz) September 19, 2018
With the pressure of scoreboard virtually non-existent, Rohit and Dhawan showed why they are one of the most formidable opening pair in white-ball cricket.
Biggest wins for India vs Pakistan (balls left):
105 Multan, 2006 (Target: 162)
92 Toronto, 1997 (Target: 117)
53 Dhaka, 1998 (Target: 213)
Pakistan going through the motions right now as Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu try and make the most of their matchtime out there in the middle.