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India vs Pakistan - 5th Match, Group A

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

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

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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.

28.6
4
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
28.5
1
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
28.4
4
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
28.3
0
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, no run, low full toss on the pads, whipped away but straight to the mid-wicket fielder
28.2
0
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, no run, speared well down leg, Karthik went for the sweep but couldn't beat short fine leg
28.1
1
Shoaib Malik to Rayudu, 1 run, darted in on leg stump, Rayudu tucks it towards square leg for a single
27.6
1
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
27.5
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, quicker one outside off, punched off the back foot towards cover
27.4
0
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
27.3
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, flatter one around off, punched off the back foot to the bowler
27.2
4
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
27.1
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, walks down the track but the length is shortened, jabbed back to the bowler
26.6
1
Shoaib Malik to Rayudu, 1 run, the assortment of deliveries down leg continues, swept away to deep backward square leg
26.5
1
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, 1 run, flatter one around middle and leg, pulled off the back foot to deep square leg
26.4
4
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
26.3
1
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
26.2
1
Shoaib Malik to Karthik, 1 run, flatter one around middle and leg, worked with a closed bat face to the leg-side
26.1
1
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

25.6
0
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
25.5
2
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, 2 runs, drops it short with a lot of width, Karthik sits back and cuts it behind point. Easy two
25.4
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, flatter one outside off, stays in the crease and defends with a straight bat
25.3
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, fuller and outside off, defended off the front foot to the bowler
25.2
0
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
25.1
1
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, sees Rayudu giving the charge and darts it wider outside off, punched towards deep cover
24.6
0
Amir to Karthik, no run, speared right in the blockhole, Karthik falls across a bit as he digs it out to the leg-side
24.5
0
Amir to Karthik, no run, very full and outside off
24.5
0
Amir to Karthik, no run, very full and outside off, Karthik squeezes out towards the mid-wicket fielder
24.4
1
Amir to Rayudu, 1 run, back of a length angling across Rayudu, steered off the back foot down to third man
24.3
0
Amir to Rayudu, no run, dug in short around leg stump, Rayudu ducks under it comfortably
24.2
0
Amir to Rayudu, no run, very full and on the pads, Rayudu wrists it but straight to mid-on
24.1
1
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
23.6
1
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, 1 run, fractionally short and DK sits back to pull it to deep square leg
23.5
1
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, advances down the track again, makes room this time and drives through extra cover
23.4
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, walks down the track but it's fired in, tapped back to the bowler
23.3
1
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, 1 run, floated up full around off, bunted towards mid-off for a quick single
23.2
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, that's sneaked past the edge! Almost shaved the off pole. Drifted in from around off, held its line a bit as Karthik poked at it. Got lucky
23.1
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, tossed up nicely around off, Karthik bunts it back to the bowler
22.6
0
Amir to Rayudu, no run, 140kph. Full, looking for the blockhole, but ends up pitching down leg as Rayudu whips all around it
22.5
1
Amir to Karthik, 1 run, loses shape, getting almost one-handed in the process. But again, such has been Pakistan's day, when it's in the air, it's in the gap
22.4
1
Amir to Rayudu, 1 run, stays very leg-sided, moves further away and pokes it to point .. mocks a single too, and gets what he wanted - a shy at the striker's and overthrows
22.3
0
Amir to Rayudu, no run, 122kph, slightly fuller. Can't stab it past point, again
22.2
0
Amir to Rayudu, no run, short again. Bunted straight back now

He's running in from over the wicket here.

22.1
0
Amir to Rayudu, no run, short, angling away. Rayudu goes up tall, opening up the straight bat face to guide it to point

Mohammad Amir [4.0-1-19-0] is back into the attack

21.6
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, wants another one of his late cheeky dabs, no, it's straight to point
21.5
1
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, a rather extravagant drive, fully swung right off the pitch of it to smear it to long-off
21.4
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, opens up the drive, but can't open out the cover region. It's straight to the man at short
21.3
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, quite a wristy knock using the angle coming in. Leg-sided for a change
21.2
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, drifting into middle, Rayudu clears out his front leg in squeezing it out
21.1
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, a chipped check-drive to mid-off

29 overs | 34 runs.

20.6
1
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, 1 run, and more of the usual. Yeah, the third man run-downs
20.5
4
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, FOUR, oh the grace of these square cuts. Rayudu doesn't employ power, he'll rub in his finesse with the flat slicing blade to guide it behind point
20.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, no run, taps it straight to short cover. But DK for some strange reason thinks there's the single in there. So he runs half way down before sense returns
20.3
1
Faheem Ashraf to Karthik, 1 run, to third man, 130kph, more of Karthik's guides. More of third man's clean-ups. Not just the result, even the shots here are getting predictable
20.2
1
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, 1 run, 134kph, follows him on the legs, which Rayudu makes worse with his shuffle as he glances it through square leg
20.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Karthik, 1 run, neat dab on reaching out to the wide-line to steer it down to third man
19.6
1
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, 1 run, holding its line off the pitch as it skids into pads. Tickled away round the corner
19.5
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, leaning drive from the pitch of it to cover
19.4
1
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, an uppish chip, flowing through the line as it goes down to long-off
19.3
1
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, 1 run, squeezed away through sweeper. Oh it's more of a drill

Well Zaman must have heard Gavaskar, he's taken his cap off.

19.2
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, tries to cut, but there's no pace, no room either. Straight to point
19.1
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, big forward press to drive the defence
18.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, no run, nipping back to cramp Rayudu up. And eventually tapped to cover
18.5
1
Faheem Ashraf to Karthik, 1 run, 135kph, on a good length. A very soft drop in front of cover, and they've pinched the quick single
18.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Karthik, no run, too full. Driven firmly, but mid-off does well to dive across
18.3
1
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, 1 run, leans out to drive away from his body, but Ashraf's gotten this one to stick into the pitch and get Rayudu to lose his shape .. luckily chipping it in the sweeper gap
18.3
1
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, wide, 131kph in the bouncer. But it's pitched well in Ashraf's half, going over Rayudu and probably another half of him
18.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, no run, shorter. Hopping stab away to off
18.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Karthik, 1 run, on a back of a length, somewhere around the fifth-stump as Karthik lines himself up to dab it backward of point

For all those who care, Zaman was bowling with his cap turned the other way around. And Sunil Gavaskar and Aamir Sohail on air aren't amused. Not one bit.

17.6
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, another hurried up defence, but a defence it will be
17.5
1
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, 1 run, straightens on the pads, tickled away to fine leg
17.4
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, quicker, almost beating Karthik's defence, but not before it takes an inside edge onto his pad
17.3
0
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, no run, much fuller, smothered down, opening up his stance as he does
17.2
6
Fakhar Zaman to Karthik, SIX, juicy half-tracker. And DK is quick to rock back deep, use the angle coming in to smoke it into cow corner. Well, well, this is no contest, surely
17.1
1
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, driven straight back, using the drift coming in on middle with a roll of the wrists
16.6
1
Faheem Ashraf to Rayudu, 1 run, 137kph, shorter. Steery-punch follows, to a tumbling point
16.5
1
Faheem Ashraf to Karthik, 1 run, 139kph, a hint of width outside off. Karthik stays late, opening up his bat face as he runs it down to third man
16.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Karthik, no run, 140kph, pitched up on middle. A solid full-faced block to mid-on

Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease

16.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, out Caught by Babar Azam!! He was in a hurry, and you can't blame him. Just when we started checking which fifty this would be for Dhawan, he saves us our efforts with a big slash, going after the short-wide liner to toe-end the flat bat to point. Babar, there, reverse cups quickly, judging the pace well. Dhawan c Babar Azam b Faheem Ashraf 46(54) [4s-6 6s-1]

Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!

16.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no run, corrects getting his line on off. And he'll get a block
16.1
4
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, FOUR, when things go wayward, they go there horribly. Already down leg and Dhawan whips it powerfully, and powerfully fine enough

Faheem Ashraf [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack

15.6
1
Fakhar Zaman to Dhawan, 1 run, spinning down leg, Dhawan sweeps it to fine leg
15.5
1
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, 1 run, loads of flight, overpitches outside off, squeezed through the covers
15.4
0
Fakhar Zaman to Rayudu, no run, very loopy delivery from Zaman, lands in the blockhole and Rayudu squeezes it to short cover

Fakhar Zaman, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack

Shadab just felt his lower back after completing his followthrough. Then he turned around with a grimace. After a word with his captain, he's leaving the field now. The second player today to be neutralized with back problems

15.3
0
Shadab Khan to Rayudu, no run, not as much turn on the leg-break, almost slid through from a length, takes the inside half of Rayudu's bat as he turns it to midwicket
15.2
0
Shadab Khan to Rayudu, no run, overpitched outside off, squeezed to short cover
15.1
0
Shadab Khan to Rayudu, no run, pushes the leg-break through on a good length, good stride forward from Rayudu in defence
14.6
1
Hasan Ali to Rayudu, 1 run, swivels inside the line of the short ball and pulls it down to fine leg. Rolled the wrists on that nicely
14.5
0
Hasan Ali to Rayudu, no run, short of length on off, defended to point
14.4
1
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, 1 run, length ball outside off, crisp sound off Dhawan's bat as he punches to sweeper cover
14.3
4
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, FOUR, this is ridiculously well timed. How did he manage that? Short of length around off, hardly gave Dhawan enough room but he somehow carves it away to the fence
14.2
0
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, no run, back of a length delivery on off, stabbed to cover
14.1
0
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, no run, back of a length delivery on off, angles it to point
13.6
1
Shadab Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, works it down to long-on
13.5
0
Shadab Khan to Dhawan, no run, slightly short outside off, cuts it to point
13.4
4
Shadab Khan to Dhawan, FOUR, Sarfraz groans in disgust as Dhawan's drive goes right through short cover. It's Malik there probably. An overpitched ball outside off which is crunched by Dhawan, should've been stopped
13.3
0
Shadab Khan to Dhawan, no run, goes right back at the stumps to defend this leg-break
13.2
1
Shadab Khan to Rayudu, 1 run, flighted leg-break on off, drives to long-off. That was overpitched from Shadab, didn't allow the ball any room to turn

Ambati Rayudu, right handed bat, comes to the crease

STAT: That 36-ball fifty from Rohit was his fastest in ODIs, surpassing his previous best (42 balls) which he achieved twice

They've also called for drinks! Just a bit of a blip there with Rohit but India are well poised to romp home

13.1
0
Shadab Khan to Rohit, out Bowled!! Shadab slips the googly right through Rohit's defences. Never picked it. We've seen that before from him against leg-spinners on and off, but nevertheless, been a sublime innings from the Indian captain. He was playing for the leg-break only for the ball to snake back in, deflect off his back pad onto the stumps. Rohit b Shadab Khan 52(39) [4s-6 6s-3]

Shadab Khan to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack

12.6
1
Hasan Ali to Rohit, 1 run, bunts it in front of cover for one
12.5
0
Hasan Ali to Rohit, no run, pushed into the off-side
12.4
4
Hasan Ali to Rohit, FOUR, gosh he's on fire, this bloke! Full ball on off stump, Rohit hits through the line and drives in a princely manner over mid-off. What timing. That's his fifty too
12.3
1
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, 1 run, clipped off the hips to fine leg
12.2
1
Hasan Ali to Rohit, 1 run, short of length delivery outside off, glided down to third man
12.1
6
Hasan Ali to Rohit, SIX, nails another pull shot! Pakistan probably should give up on that length now. Short of length, around shoulder high, Rohit fetches it from just outside off and bludgeons it over long leg
11.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no run, back of a length on leg, turned to midwicket
11.5
4
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, FOUR, what a stylish pick-up off his pads! Full ball on leg stump, Dhawan whips it over midwicket with such panache
11.4
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no run, back of a length on leg stump, tucked to short midwicket
11.3
1
Faheem Ashraf to Rohit, 1 run, full ball just outside off, driven to the left of mid-off
11.2
1
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, 1 run, speared in full on middle stump, Dhawan squeezes it in front of mid-off and sets off immediately. Brilliant running
11.1
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no run, clears the front leg for the free-hit, the length was right up from Ashraf and so Dhawan could only drill it along the floor to mid-off
11.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no ball, back of a length delivery slanted across off, steered to backward point. Close no-ball call that, his front foot was right on the line. Hard to say if a part of the heel was behind it or not
10.6
0
Hasan Ali to Rohit, no run, full ball on middle and leg, Rohit's bat turns in his hands and he mistimes the push to short midwicket
10.5
1
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, 1 run, back of a length outside off, chopped down to third man

Round the wicket

10.4
0
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, works it into the on-side
10.3
0
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, no run, short of length on off, patted into the point region
10.2
6
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, SIX, hooks it in the air, just clears deep backward square. There was good steam on that bumper from Ali, rose over Dhawan's head and he was never going to be in control of it. But he went hard, got enough meat on it and even as the fielder backpedaled towards the ropes, it ballooned over him
10.1
1
Hasan Ali to Rohit, 1 run, full ball outside off, languid punch from Rohit to cover where the fielder misfields
9.6
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no run, skiddy length delivery that has been punched in front of cover-point
9.6
1
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, wide, down the leg side and Dhawan fails to connect his flick
9.5
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no run, chops his cut against a short delivery towards point
9.4
4
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, FOUR, no stopping that! On a length and outside off, Dhawan cuts it past the fielder at cover-point and adds four more to his tally
9.3
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no run, Babar Azam saves a boundary. All his team-mates come up to him and praise him. This was a certain boundary had Babar not dived to his right and stopped it at cover. Dhawan had punched it firmly but is denied of a boundary due to the brilliance of Azam in the field
9.2
0
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, no run, speedy length delivery that was angled across the batsman. Dhawan had anticipated a slower delivery and playing a cut was an after thought
9.1
1
Faheem Ashraf to Rohit, 1 run, short and quick outside off, Sharma reaches for it with a gentle steer again and gets an easy single down to third man

Faheem Ashraf, right-arm medium, comes into the attack

8.6
0
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, no run, good length ball around middle and leg, Dhawan gets in an awkward position as he chips it towards mid-on
8.5
1
Hasan Ali to Rohit, 1 run, sensible batting as he steers the short one down to third man
8.4
4
Hasan Ali to Rohit, FOUR, this is lovely batting. So pleasant to the eyes! Just a tad short around off and Rohit was once again on his front-foot. How does he have so much time? Flat bats this over mid-wicket and gets four more
8.3
0
Hasan Ali to Rohit, no run, back of a length around off, Sharma taps it in front of point
8.2
1
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length on the pads and Dhawan flicks it away to deep square leg
8.1
0
Hasan Ali to Dhawan, no run, short of a length and outside off, Shikhar stays back in his crease and cuts it away to cover-point

Hasan Ali, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack

7.6
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, some relief for the bowler as Rohit decides to ease it away to backward point with a gentle steer
7.5
6
Usman Khan to Rohit, SIX, well, it's going out of the park! Clearly the biggest hit of the game, or maybe the tournament. A short delivery again and Rohit was waiting for it. Pulls it off the front-foot and times this over the mid-wicket fence for a 96m six. No one can play this shot better than Rohit, correct me if I'm wrong. 19 runs off the over already!
7.5
5
Usman Khan to Rohit, no ball, FOUR, insult to injury. Not only a boundary, but also a no-ball. Moreover, it's a free-hit. This was another short delivery aimed at the hips and Sharma was quick to swivel and help it past the fielder at short fine leg with a swat-pull. Where's the next ball going?
7.4
6
Usman Khan to Rohit, SIX, top-edge but it goes the distance. At this pace, it will without a doubt. A short delivery around the ribs and Sharma swivels in order to pull it. The ball catches his top-edge and flies quickly over the fine leg fence. That's the first big one of this innings and the first big one of the night for the Hitman
7.3
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, back of a length around off, not much room on offer and Rohit has no other option but to defend it in front of cover
7.2
1
Usman Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, places this down to third man by opening the face of the bat very late
7.1
1
Usman Khan to Rohit, 1 run, uses the angle nicely as Usman comes from round the wicket. Flicks it away to deep square leg with ease and gets to the other end
6.6
1
Amir to Rohit, 1 run, steers the length delivery down to third man and gets a single
6.5
4
Amir to Rohit, FOUR, elegance personified. How easy does Rohit make batting look like, once he's set! Comes on to the front foot and drills the full length delivery through the gap at covers. Amir losing his radar after sticking to his lines and lengths at the start of the innings
6.4
4
Amir to Rohit, FOUR, this is what he can do. Gets width on offer and makes sure to thrash with a superb square-cut. Amir wouldn't like that. Any fast bowler wouldn't in fact. But if you are bowling at such pace and providing width, you have to be ready for its consequences
6.3
0
Amir to Rohit, no run, punched towards cover from within the crease. Rohit Sharma is getting used to pace of this wicket, just like he always does
6.2
0
Amir to Rohit, no run, steers this one towards the fielder at backward point with soft hands
6.1
1
Amir to Dhawan, 1 run, knocks the length delivery in front of mid-on and completes a risky single. Malik tried for an underarm direct-hit at the bowler's end but the batsman had just made it in
5.6
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, angled across the batsman and Sharma punches it on the up but there's a fielder at short cover who doesn't let it past him
5.5
1
Usman Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, on the pads and Dhawan easily flicks it away to backward square leg. It was timed nicely by the batsman, hence they decided to settle for only one
5.4
0
Usman Khan to Dhawan, no run, pulls the short delivery but his timing wasn't good enough to beat the fielder at short mid-wicket
5.3
1
Usman Khan to Rohit, 1 run, another leading edge but there's no gully in place. Was there one, this could have been an easy catch. It was a short of a length delivery around off that surprised the batsman. Rohit tries to work it away to the leg side and ends up getting a thick leading edge past gully and down to third man
5.2
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, good length delivery around off, Sharma crouches a touch and punches it on the up towards mid-off
5.1
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, cramping up the batsman around off by not providing him any width. Rohit brings his bat down in time and plays it with an angled bat in front of point
4.6
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, yes, he does! That's a fine maiden over by Amir. No width on offer again, keeps it straight around off and Dhawan defends it solidly
4.5
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, comes on his front foot, transfering his weight nicely and knocks the full length delivery to the fielder at cover. Can Amir end the over with a dot ball and complete a maiden?
4.4
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, solid front foot punch against a length delivery that meets the fielder at extra-cover
4.3
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, a mild appeal for an lbw by Amir but there was a huge inside edge that saved Dhawan. Also the ball could have missed the stumps by miles as it was bowled on short of a length. The batsman tried to tuck that away into the leg side but got an inside edge as the ball shaped in a touch
4.2
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, rising length delivery around off, Shikhar tries to work it away but the ball bounces a touch more than usual and catches the splice before it rolls away to point
4.1
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, 'no' is the call from Rohit Sharma as Dhawan plays this with soft hands in front of cover-point. Was never a run there, hence it was the right call from Sharma
3.6
1
Usman Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, short of a length around off, Dhawan steers it down to third man and retains strike for the next over
3.5
0
Usman Khan to Dhawan, no run, on his front foot now as he keeps his eyes on the ball and cuts it to the man at point
3.4
0
Usman Khan to Dhawan, no run, short and wide outside off, nips back a touch and Dhawan gets beaten on his under-edge as he forces a square-cut. It kept a touch low as well, hence Dhawan couldn't connect his shot
3.3
0
Usman Khan to Dhawan, no run, 140 kph and skidding along the deck on back of a length, Dhawan hangs back in his crease and eases it back to the bowler
3.2
0
Usman Khan to Dhawan, no run, touch short as compared to the previous ball and that forces Shikhar to transfer his weight on to the back foot and bunt it back to Usman
3.1
0
Usman Khan to Dhawan, no run, leading edge but Dhawan's safe. Another skiddy length delivery around middle and leg, Shikhar fails to read the movement off the deck and plays an early flick that results in a leading edge towards cover
2.6
0
Amir to Rohit, no run, shadow practices his defensive shot as soon as he blocks the length delivery in front of extra-cover

Rohit vs Amir:
ODIs - 41 balls, 18 runs, one dismissal
T20Is - 7 balls, 1 run, two dismissals
Overall - 48 balls, 19 runs, three dismissals

2.5
0
Amir to Rohit, no run, seaming away from the batsman in the corridor of uncertainty, Sharma offers a feeble poke and almost nicks it behind to the keeper
2.4
3
Amir to Dhawan, 3 runs, brilliant running between the wickets. This in sensible batting by Dhawan. Tucks the length delivery that was angled in past the fielder at short mid-wicket and manages to come back for three by the time the throw comes in
2.3
4
Amir to Dhawan, FOUR, he scored 127 yesterday and this shot shows how good a form he is in. Plants his front foot across and meets the full length delivery with an elegant drive. An impeccable connection and impeccable timing is more than enough to fetch Dhawan his first boundary of the evening
2.2
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, short of a length and outside off, Shikhar taps it to the man at point and stays rooted in his crease
2.1
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, seaming into the batsman outside off, a touch short in length and Shikhar covers the stumps and watches it sail through to Sarfaraz
1.6
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, a lovely looking straight drive by Rohit but an even better stop by the fielder at mid-off. This was timed sweetly by the right-hander, unlucky to not have got four for this kind of shot
1.5
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, in that tempting line outside off, full and quick, almost enticing the batsman into a drive. But Rohit watchfully leaves it alone

This is Rohit's 100th ODI innings as opener

1.4
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, chases it now though! Bowled at 140kph and angled away from the right hander. Sharma tries to reach for it but gets beaten on his outside edge. Was too wide and he shouldn't have tried to play a shot against such a delivery
1.3
0
Usman Khan to Rohit, no run, angled away in the channel outside off, wide and full and the Indian skipper decides to not fiddle with it, doesn't chase it

Indian batsman dismissed most often against left arm pace (since April 2015)
9 Rohit Sharma
6 Shikhar Dhawan
5 MS Dhoni
3 V Kohli/ A Rahane/ S Raina/ R Jadeja/ A Patel

1.2
4
Usman Khan to Rohit, FOUR, almost got Rohit there. It was a short of a length delivery around off, Rohit tries to defend it but the ball nips back and catches the inside edge. Goes past the leg-stump and rolls away to the fine leg fence in a jiffy. Lucky escape for Rohit!
1.1
1
Usman Khan to Dhawan, 1 run, bangs it short around off and gets it to skid along with his fast-arm action, Shikhar steers it down to third man and moves across to the other end

Usman Khan, comes into the attack

0.6
0
Amir to Rohit, no run, angled away from the batsman outside off, Rohit dabs it in front of point watchfully. Not a bad start by Amir as he gives only two singles in his opening over
0.5
0
Amir to Rohit, no run, similar length to the previous ball but keeps the line outside off, Rohit plays it with soft hands in front of point and sets off for a single, but Dhawan sends him back as the fielder comes charging in
0.4
0
Amir to Rohit, no run, a good length delivery around off, Sharma stands tall and nudges it back to the bowler
0.3
1
Amir to Dhawan, 1 run, fires it on the pads and makes it easy for Dhawan to get off the mark with a nonchalant flick to fine leg
0.2
0
Amir to Dhawan, no run, that's a better delivery as compared to the first one. Quick, straight and in the channel outside off, Shikhar lifts his bat and lets the keeper do the rest
0.1
1
Amir to Rohit, 1 run, there's the first run of the innings for India. First run for Rohit Sharma. Tucks the length delivery in front of mid-on and scampers across to get off the mark with a sprint

Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Amir will open the attack