Asia Cup 2018: India crush Pakistan by eight wickets
Abu Dhabi: India comprehensively beat arch-rivals Pakistan by eight wickets in their second Group A clash of the 2018 Asia Cup here at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday night.
Chasing an easy target of 163 runs to win, India did not break much sweat and clinched the victory with 126 balls to spare.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave a solid start to the Indian side as they notched up 52 and 46 runs respectively.
After the departure of the openers, Ambati Raydu (31) and Dinesh Karthik (31) remained unbeaten at the crease to drive the team towards a convincing victory.
Earlier, Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first. They were bowled out for 162 in 43.1 overs.
Babar Azam top scored with 47 and while Shoaib Malik made 43. None of the other Pakistani batsmen was able to contribute much to their side’s innings and fell cheaply.
For India, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Kedar Jadhav scalped three wickets each, while Jasprit Bumrah picked up two wickets and Kuldeep Yadav got one wicket .
Bhuvneshwar was adjudged the Man of the Match for his brilliant contribution with the ball.
India, who have finished at the top spot in Group A, will now lock horns with Bangladesh in the Super Four stage of the Asia Cup at the Dubai International Stadium on September 21.