India defeated their arch rivals Pakistan comprehensively by 8 wickets to top Group A in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018.
It was a great show by the Indian bowlers who first dismissed Pakistan for a low total and then chased down the set target with ease.
Pakistan captain Sarfarz Ahmed won the toss and decided to bat first. India got off to a perfect start as Bhuvneshwar Kumar dismissed Imam Ul Haq for 2 and dangerous Fakhar Zaman for 0, reducing Pakistan to 3 for 2 in the 5th over.
After two early dismissals, Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam came to rescue but Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Azam in the 22nd over of the game. Pakistan couldn’t recover from there as a wonderful bowling display by the Indian bowlers started to take wickets at regular intervals and bowled the opposition out for 162.
Chasing 163, India had a scintillating start as Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma added 86 runs for the first wicket. The Indian captain, who scored 52 off 39 balls, was dismissed by Shadab Khan in the 14th over. Whilst, Dhawan (46), on the other hand, continued to do the damage. Although he was also soon dismissed by Faheem Ashraf the damage was already done.
Pakistan couldn’t make a comeback as Ambati Rayudu (31 not-out) and Dinesh Karthik (31 not-out) played with consummate ease and went on to finish the game.
Here are the reactions from the cricket fraternity:
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 20, 2018
Congratulations India on a very comprehensive victory. Wonderful team effort and great contributions from everyone #INDvPAK
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 19, 2018
Why do Pakistan always struggle against India ?? #AsiaCup
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 19, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 19, 2018
A resounding win for India, especially considering playing back to back matches in this heat. The bowlers were brilliant and Rohit led the team brilliantly. Congratulations! #IndvPak
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 19, 2018
Pak’s batting challenge was how well they would play Indian Spin …and…..oops!!!!
— Ramiz Raja (@iramizraja) September 19, 2018
That was too easy for India. Will take a lot of confidence from this win.
Kedar Jadhav’s spell was the turning point #IndiavsPakistan
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 19, 2018
— MANOJ TIWARY (@tiwarymanoj) September 19, 2018
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) September 19, 2018
Fabulous, overpowering performance from India.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 19, 2018
Thumping victory by team India 👏👏 #IndVsPak
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) September 19, 2018
Congratulation team India.Yeh hui na baat maza aa gaya @SDhawan25 @ImRo45 @Jaspritbumrah93 @DineshKarthik @BhuviOfficial @imkuldeep18 @yuzi_chahal @hardikpandya7 well done boy's ✌️✌️✌️ love you team India 🇮🇳 @circleofcricket @Umeshnni @DelhiDaredevils @BCCI @ESPNcricinfo pic.twitter.com/hoDf93AtO9
— Mohammad Shami (@MdShami11) September 19, 2018
The bowlers stood up when it mattered the most. @jaspritbumrah93 & @bhuviofficial bolwed an excellent opening spell and the the three spinners maintained the pressure right through the innings. @jadhavkedar was just superb with his variety of deliveries.#INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/3XYVfB76o2
— VINOD KAMBLI (@vinodkambli349) September 19, 2018
— Mithun Manhas 🇮🇳 (@MithunManhas) September 19, 2018
— Yusuf Pathan (@iamyusufpathan) September 19, 2018
Two ODI wins on the same day for India. Who would’ve thought it was possible!!!
Clinical vs Pakistan. It felt as if HK never pushed India to the brink….well played 🇮🇳 #IndvPak #AsiaCup @StarSportsIndia
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 19, 2018
Doesn’t appear it’s same Indn side which was huffing/puffing to beat H’Kong yesterday..but now steamrolling Pakistan into submission really..no contest n Indo/Pak clash is most disappointing..!No doubt 2 Asian giants shall battle again in this Cup..InshaAllah..!!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) September 19, 2018