India vs Pakistan 5th Asia Cup Match Report-2018

India thumped arch-rivals Pakistan by 8 wickets in the fifth match of the Asia Cup on Wednesday in Dubai.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Pakistan started terribly as Bhuvneshwar Kumar made early inroads by getting rid of Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman to reduce them to 3/2.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Babar Azam and veteran Shoaib Malik put on 82 runs for the third wicket before left arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav clean bowled Azam for 47 runs.

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was dismissed by Jadhav by substitute fielder Manish Pandey who took an outstanding catch at the long on boundary line.

The arch rivals’ batting fell apart as they lost five wickets for 36 runs before Faheem Ashraf and Mohammed Aamir added a valuable 37 runs for the eighth wicket to push the team total past 150. They were eventually bowled out for 162 runs in 43.1 overs.

Chasing a modest total of 163 runs, the opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 86 runs for the first wicket, before Pakistan spinner Shadab Khan broke through with a googly, by getting rid of the skipper who made a quickfire 52.

Dhawan carried on his good form with bat before being dismissed by Faheem Ashraf for 46 runs.

Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu both remained unbeaten on 31 runs each and saw the team through without any hiccups.

Team India won the match by 8 wickets and with 21 overs to spare.

Bangladesh will be facing Afghanistan on the 6th match of the Asia Cup on 20 September.

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