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India vs Pakistan - 5th Match, Group A

Series: Asia Cup 2018
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
Date & Time: 19 September 2018

India 164/2 (29 Ovs) RR: 5.66 | India won by 8 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma bowled Shadab Khanbowled Shadab Khan523963
Shikhar Dhawan c Babar Azam & b Faheem Ashrafc Babar Azam & b Faheem Ashraf465461
Ambati Rayudu Not OutNot Out314630
Dinesh Karthik Not OutNot Out313721
MS Dhoni dnbdnb0000
Hardik Pandya dnbdnb0000
Kedar Jadhav dnbdnb0000
Bhuvneshwar Kumar dnbdnb0000
Kuldeep Yadav dnbdnb0000
Jasprit Bumrah dnbdnb0000
Yuzvendra Chahal dnbdnb0000
Extras 4 (b 0, lb 0, w 2, nb 2)
Total 164 (2 Wkts, 29 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
86-1 (Rohit Sharma,13.1), 104-2 (Shikhar Dhawan,16.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Mohammad Amir6 1 23 0 3.83
Usman Khan4 0 27 0 6.75
Hasan Ali4 0 33 0 8.25
Faheem Ashraf5 0 31 1 6.20
Shadab Khan1.3 0 6 1 4.62
Fakhar Zaman6.3 0 25 0 3.97
Shoaib Malik2 0 19 0 9.50
Imam-ul-Haq0 0 0 0 0
Babar Azam0 0 0 0 0
Sarfraz Ahmed0 0 0 0 0
Asif Ali0 0 0 0 0


Right then, that's a wrap to tonight's coverage of the Asia Cup. The game was touted to be a blockbuster, didn't quite turn out that way but not to worry. These two sides will be playing each other again on Sunday in the Super Four stage. Pakistan will be seething for revenge and hopefully we get a more intense contest then. There are more games before that one though with Bangladesh facing Afghanistan tomorrow. Another inconsequential game as both sides have qualified and with the seedings predecided, the spots have also been fixed. Nevertheless, both sides will want to enter the next stage on a winning note. Do join us for that one. Until then, this is Hariprasad Sadanandan signing off from the commentary box on behalf of my mates Nikhil Jadhav, Vineet Anantharaman, Kumar Abhisekh Das, MS Ramakrishnan, Sagar Chawla and our scorer Mukesh. Cheers and goodnight!

Biggest wins for Ind vs Pak (balls left):
126 Dubai. 2018 (Target: 163)
105 Multan, 2006 (162)
92 Toronto, 1997 (117)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Man of the Match: (On his performance) Always need initial wickets to get any team to a low total. It was a great bowling effort. Great to see Jadhav step up in the absence of Hardik Pandya. Great team effort. (On adjusting to UAE pitches) On a track where the ball doesn't swing, that's the only thing you can do. It's important to bowl back of a length and try to hit the stumps, give yourselves a chance. Key is not to give too many runs and force the batsmen to make mistakes. That's the best way to get them out. (On the extreme conditions) It's tough and hot, also the tracks are flat and not easy for the bowlers. Perhaps due to the heat, Hardik got injured as he was playing in England and couldn't adjust to the different conditions here. Not easy for the bowlers.

Rohit Sharma (2/2): He (Jadhav) has been working on his bowling, takes his bowling very seriously. Every now and then, he has come and done the job for the team which augurs well. Bowling those crucial overs and taking wickets are bonuses for us. Especially when Hardik got injured, it was important for him to carry on and put the team into the right track. Quite enjoyed the little innings that I played, got out to a great delivery. Was important for us to come here and adjust. We haven't played here much and the two games that we have played now, we have understood how to create partnerships and achieve targets that we have set for ourselves. Opening partnership sets the platform for the rest to come and play freely, do their job. It was a fantastic finish by Dinesh and Rayudu as well.

Rohit Sharma (1/2): Right from the start, we were quite disciplined. We wanted to learn from the mistakes which we made in the last game. Today was a great game for the bowling department because I knew the conditions weren't great for it. But we kept the conditions aside and did the job. We stuck to our plans. Lot of improvement from the last game, spinners kept it tight, got the odd breakthroughs. The bowlers took wickets early as well, in the first 10 overs which was magnificent. (On the early wickets) It was important to do that because they have quality in there, some of their guys have been scoring heavily. We wanted to make sure not to make things easy for them. We spoke about not giving room to the batsmen which was critical on this pitch where they can free their arms. The first few overs disciplined and the spinners took on from there. Once they had Babar and Malik, they had a partnership, we discussed that there is no need to panic, partnerships can happen. It was important for us to just stick to the plans which the guys did.

Sarfraz Ahmed: The start was not at all good. We lost two wickets in the first five overs. We got some momentum in the middle but again lost wickets and could not recover. We batted poorly and all of us played poor shots to get out. And so many of them were soft dismissals except Babar, who got a good ball. We had prepared for the two spinners but the third one chipped in with wickets. It is nice to get a wake up call early on in the tournament and we would not want to commit the same mistakes. We will come back better prepared next time.

For India, it was a stark contrast to yesterday's struggles when they clearly looked rusty for most parts with the ball. The wrist spin duo were supposed to be the threat for Pakistan but as he has often done in his career so far, Kedar Jadhav proved to be the shock element, firing them in from that extremely low trajectory, compounding the misery for batsmen on such slowish tracks that already have low bounce. His spell was the clincher though the tone was set early by Bhuvi in the opening spell, when he derailed the openers and found the support from his partner in crime Bumrah. The duo were relentless as they generally are and overall, India's bowling was flawless with everything falling into place. Hardik's injury will be a concern though, as will Shadab's for Pakistan. Still early days in the tournament and with the sides expected to lock horns again, we can expect more action.

21:33 Local Time: For all the hype, a damp squib in the end, a rather one-sided contest dominated totally by the Indians. The only time Pakistan seemed to compete was when Malik and Babar were repairing the damage after the early loss of the openers. Once that partnership was broken, Pakistan were never really in the game. 162 was never going to be enough and any slim hope that they had was snuffed out by the Indian openers who put on a rollicking stand. Rohit was in his elements with a free stroking fifty while Dhawan also looked in fabulous touch. The duo couldn't see off the game but had done the damage and the Rayudu-Karthik pair duly finished off the formalities with 21 overs left. A proper thrashing indeed. Pakistan would rue their poor shot selection in the batting that cost them dear, probably were too eager to dominate on a pitch that wasn't easy to play shots. Also, the track did play better under lights, as it did during the India-Hong Kong game, which begs the question whether Sarfraz erred at the toss.

Shoaib Malik to Rayudu, FOUR, Rayudu seals a comprehensive eight-wicket thumping by India! Was a drag down and he rocked back to smash the pull through square leg. Rocketed away to the fence in a jiffy
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, 1 run, drifting into the pads, Karthik gets across a bit and clips it softly in front of short fine leg
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, FOUR, gets the sweep away in the gap this time! Was trying this in the first delivery of the over but couldn't find the gap. Does so this time. Speared well down leg, Karthik gets across to nail the stroke well wide of short fine leg. Just a hit away now, India
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, no run, low full toss on the pads, whipped away but straight to the mid-wicket fielder
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, no run, speared well down leg, Karthik went for the sweep but couldn't beat short fine leg
Shoaib Malik to Rayudu, 1 run, darted in on leg stump, Rayudu tucks it towards square leg for a single
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, tries the inside out loft again but doesn't time it well. Probably wasn't to the pitch of it. Skewed it enough to clear the infield towards sweeper
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, quicker one outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, some excitement as the ball popped up for a while and Sarfaraz got forward to get to it but doesn't carry. Don't think there was any bat involved. Rayudu used his feet again and decided to block with his bat behind the pad. Was only pad there
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, flatter one around off, punched off the back foot to the bowler
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, FOUR, finally, Rayudu decides to break the shackles. Was getting into a shell but decides to up the ante. Charges down the track, gets to the pitch and makes room to launch it inside out over extra cover. Just on the bounce past the ropes
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, walks down the track but the length is shortened, jabbed back to the bowler
Shoaib Malik to Rayudu, 1 run, the assortment of deliveries down leg continues, swept away to deep backward square leg
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, 1 run, flatter one around middle and leg, pulled off the back foot to deep square leg
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, FOUR, DK showing his partner how it's done. Another freebie down the leg-side, gets across on one knee and sweeps it well past the right of short fine leg. Raced away to the fence
Shoaib Malik to Rayudu, 1 run, juicy full toss down leg, asking to be hit but Rayudu is a polite batsman generally. At least in national colors, mistimes the slog sweep to long leg
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, 1 run, flatter one around middle and leg, worked with a closed bat face to the leg-side
Shoaib Malik to Rayudu, 1 run, low full toss down the leg-side, Rayudu tries to flick but gets it off the inner half towards short fine leg

Shoaib Malik, right-arm off break, comes into the attack

Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, use of the feet but realizes that he isn't to the pitch of it, adjusts with a block to cover
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, 2 runs, drops it short with a lot of width, Karthik sits back and cuts it behind point. Easy two
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, flatter one outside off, stays in the crease and defends with a straight bat
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, fuller and outside off, defended off the front foot to the bowler
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, slowed up around middle and leg, Karthik looks to flick but gets a soft leading edge to the right of Zaman
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, sees Rayudu giving the charge and darts it wider outside off, punched towards deep cover
Amir to Karthik, no run, speared right in the blockhole, Karthik falls across a bit as he digs it out to the leg-side
Amir to Karthik, no run, very full and outside off
Amir to Karthik, no run, very full and outside off, Karthik squeezes out towards the mid-wicket fielder
Amir to Rayudu, 1 run, back of a length angling across Rayudu, steered off the back foot down to third man
Amir to Rayudu, no run, dug in short around leg stump, Rayudu ducks under it comfortably
Amir to Rayudu, no run, very full and on the pads, Rayudu wrists it but straight to mid-on
Amir to Karthik, 1 run, direct hit at the striker's end but Rayudu is in comfortably. Was a length ball that Karthik dabbed softly in front of cover-point and quickle called his partner across
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, 1 run, fractionally short and DK sits back to pull it to deep square leg
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, advances down the track again, makes room this time and drives through extra cover
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, walks down the track but it's fired in, tapped back to the bowler


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