Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored magnificent centuries as India defeated Pakistan comprehensively for the second time at the Asia Cup in Dubai.
After winning the toss and electing to bat, Pakistan started their innings steadily as their opening pair of Imam ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman put on 24 runs for the opening wicket before Yuzvendra Chahal trapped the former LBW for 10 runs.
Zaman looked good in his innings of 31 runs before he lost his footing while trying to sweep Kuldeep Yadav and was out leg before. The replay however indicated that the ball hit his gloves but Pakistan chose not to review.
Babar Azam was dismissed when his skipper gave a bad call for single that went horribly wrong, leaving Pakistan at 58 for three.
Shoaib Malik along with Sarfraz Ahmed then steadied the innings by putting on 107 runs for the 4th wicket as Pakistan prepared for an assault in the last 10.
Asif Ali teed off by smashing Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two sixes and four in the 42nd over, that fetched them 22 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah in his final spell got Malik caught behind by wicketkeeper MS Dhoni down the leg side for a well made 78 runs.
Ali, who had looked dangerous, missed a googly from Chahal to get bowled as Pakistan lost their way in the final overs.
Bumrah was phenomenal at the death, as India conceded only 38 runs in the last 7 overs, with only one boundary coming in that period.
Chasing a target of 238 runs, the opening pair of Rohit and Dhawan tore apart the Pakistan attack by adding 210 runs for the first wicket, before the left handed batsman was run out for 114 runs.
The partnership between both of them was the highest for India against Pakistan in ODIs. The previous record (159) belonged to Sachin Tendulkar and Ganguly (1998 at Dhaka)
India raced to the target of 239 runs in 39.3 overs. Afghanistan’s last over defeat against Bangladesh also means that Rohit Sharma’s side are assured of a spot in the final, with Pakistan’s clash against the Tigers a virtual semifinal.