Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan starred with the bat as India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by nine-wickets in the Super Four clash of the Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International cricket stadium on Sunday.
India, thus won both the clashes against Pakistan, the first one coming in the group stage.
Chasing 238 to win, Indian openers — Rohit and Shikhar — both notched up a century each to impose dominance on Pakistan from the onset of the match. Rohit scored his ODI ton while Shikhar smashed his 15th century. The duo, was also involved in a 210 run opening wicket stand, which is the highest by an Indian pair in Asia Cup history.
Earlier, India bowlers displayed a disciplined attack to restrict Pakistan to 237/7. Spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal scalped two wickets each while pacer Jasprit Bumrah (2/29) displayed brilliant bowling in the death overs. For Pakistan, Shoaib Malik (78) played a well-composed innings to help his side reach a decent total. Malik’s 90-ball knock was laced with four boundaries and two maximums.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 23, 2018
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 23, 2018
— Suresh Raina🇮🇳 (@ImRaina) September 24, 2018
Congratulations on a wonderful victory. Dhawan , Rohit were terrific and this is so wonderful to watch#INDvPAK
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) September 23, 2018
Congratulations India on another clinical performance .The bowlers were brilliant in restricting Pakistan to 237 and Shikhar and Rohit were just marvellous on the day. Top team effort #INDvPAK
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) September 23, 2018
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) September 23, 2018
— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) September 23, 2018
— Rahul Sharma (@ImRahulSharma3) September 23, 2018
— Anjum Chopra (@chopraanjum) September 23, 2018
What a game!! Both @sdhawan25 & @imro45 getting centuries. A massive 9 wicket victory over Pakistan. India make it two out of two against Pakistan in this Asia Cup. #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/PEROTzFGzG
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) September 24, 2018
Century 👏 Such a special knock from the captain. The way Rohit and Shikhar have dominated the game today is just beyond beauty. A one sided affair totally! #IndvPak #AsiaCup2018 @ImRo45 @SDhawan25 pic.twitter.com/4VI5Bae0m1
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) September 23, 2018
— Adnan Sami (@AdnanSamiLive) September 23, 2018
I see Pakistan are struggling against India AGAIN … #AsiaCup18
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 23, 2018
What a fantastic victory for India, Shikhar and Rohit made it look so simple. Bumrah was outstanding with the ball and set it up #INDvPAK
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) September 23, 2018
— Deep Dasgupta (@DeepDasgupta7) September 23, 2018
Stylish. Classy. Dominant. Rohit. Shikhar. One-sided.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2018
What a thrashing that was!
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) September 23, 2018
— Syed Shahnawaz Hussain (@ShahnawazBJP) September 24, 2018
Can’t see Net Run Rate now stumbling India for a place in the final. But winning the Asia Cup, not just beating Pak, should be the only objective…
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) September 23, 2018
The winner of the Bangladesh versus Pakistan match on Wednesday will face India in the Asia Cup final #AsiaCup2018
— Saj Sadiq (@Saj_PakPassion) September 23, 2018
Congratulations India 🙌
What a game!!! Absolutely Amazing & brilliant, I hope our kids (players) will learn something from this game in the future. #IndvPak
— Ihtisham Ul Haq (@iihtishamm) September 23, 2018