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, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
He's running in from over the wicket here.
Mohammad Amir [4.0-1-19-0] is back into the attack
29 overs | 34 runs.
Well Zaman must have heard Gavaskar, he's taken his cap off.
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.
Dinesh Karthik, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Faheem Ashraf to Dhawan, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Faheem Ashraf [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
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
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
Shadab Khan to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
Round the wicket
Faheem Ashraf, right-arm medium, comes into the attack
Hasan Ali, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Rohit vs Amir:ODIs - 41 balls, 18 runs, one dismissalT20Is - 7 balls, 1 run, two dismissalsOverall - 48 balls, 19 runs, three dismissals
This is Rohit's 100th ODI innings as opener
Indian batsman dismissed most often against left arm pace (since April 2015)9 Rohit Sharma6 Shikhar Dhawan5 MS Dhoni3 V Kohli/ A Rahane/ S Raina/ R Jadeja/ A Patel
Usman Khan, comes into the attack
Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Amir will open the attack