That, most definitely, was nowhere adjacent to your expectations, was it? Everytime you come out cheering to find reasons to skip school/office/meeting friends-family and this happens. Alas! But, still within a few days' time we might see both these sides lock horns in the final of #AsiaCup2018. That's a big might, mind you. Let's pin all our hopes on that and expect that both these sides save their best for the last. On that note, we [Raju Peethala along with Rishi Roy, Sriram AS, Nikhil Jadhav, Srivathsa and our scorer Vinod] bid you goodbye. Hope you enjoyed our coverage. Go owls!! *Back to Monday blues in a while*
Shikhar Dhawan, Man of the Match: I enjoyed my game and I've been in good touch and just wanted to make the most of it. It's a good batting track and I have enjoyed the way I was batting. It was sensible and liked the balance of it. Pakistan got a good bowling attack and I knew that as openers we have to stay because they have got good pace and once I got set and I kept carrying on. As I've mentioned I wanted to be sensible with my shots and I've thrown it away in the past and I have learnt the lessons the hard way. That's the good for me and it's nice to have that balance. When you play 20 overs it get easy. The plan was not to lose wickets in the first 10 overs and you might not get runs easily early on Rohit played an amazing knock today and he's very good at converting those 50s into 100s and that's something I've learnt from him. It's good that we both value our wicket. Last game we both scored runs but didn't have the hunger and we knew we shouldn't be missing out on big knocks and I'm glad we did the job for the team today.
Rohit Sharma, winning captain (2/2): The entire bowling unit stuck to their task and hats off to them. Repeated performances are challenging in these conditions and once again I don't want to take any credit from the bowlers. With Shikhar I don't need to talk much. It's important to let him be himself. We have batted enough to know each other to start off like that and we clearly know our roles. We always knew that the new batsman will find it difficult to keep going straightaway and Shikhar and I knew it. Nothing is easy (talking about the pulls for six). I've really worked hard on those kind of shots. When it comes off it really looks nice and I've gotten out a few times playing such shots. I back myself to play those shots. It's important to put pressure on bowlers. They have one of the great bowling attacks. Taking nothing away from their bowling and they have troubled us in the past. So it is important to understand the importance of the new ball and play accordingly.
Rohit Sharma, winning captain (1/2): Challenging conditions, we knew it was going to be tough. I don't want to take any credit from the boys, all of them showed great character, well done to the boys. We spoke about leaving past performances behind and give our best today and that is what happened. I think he's (Bumrah) matured as a bowler now, played great amount of cricket he understands his bowling and I think that's very very important for any individual; he understands what fields he needs to set and gotta keep it tight. Bhuvi also did the same. It was important to keep creating such pressure all the time, never wanted to let them off the hook. All our bowling unit played a great amount of cricket. The spinners also did the same. When you keep them in control that's the kind of targets you get to chase. When Hardik got injured, the challenge was to field four spinners and we thought about a few combinations (3 seamers, 4 spinners) and in these conditions it is important to take the pace and not give much pace. For Jadeja to come out and perform like that is amazing.
Biggest wins for Ind vs Pak (balls left):126 Dubai, 2018 (Tar: 163)105 Multan, 2006 (162)92 Toronto, 1997 (117)63 Dubai, 2018 (238) *53 Dhaka, 1998 (213)
Sarfraz Ahmed, Pakistan captain: We made it tough for ourselves by dropping those catches. We were 20-25 runs short and if we would have held on to our catches we could have possibly made things interesting. The boys are doing all the hard work but they're not able to take those crucial catches. The wicket was a bit difficult to play on in the afternoon as the cracks had widened up. Wasn't easy for a new batsman walking in. Had we got early wickets, this chase would have been certainly difficult. We have been losing a lot of wickets in the early overs and hence it becomes difficult to recover from such situations. The way they batted, all credit to them. Rohit and Dhawan were exceptional. They have shown better skills as compared to us. We need to work a lot on our skill level if at all we want to get into the final. It's a do-or-die match against Bangladesh, hopefully we'll come out on top.
22:23 Local Time, 18:23 GMT, 23:53 IST: Rayudu and Rohit mosey back towards the dressing room sporting a relaxed smile. Chahal and Kuldeep engage in a friendly pushy-pokey banter as Dhoni grins widely like a big brother in a family full of siblings. If that doesn't define you the ease at which India have gone about things today, I'm afraid nothing else will. Momentum, they say, is a vital factor in sport and India once again exemplified why the phrase is so over-hyped and overused. They've pulled things back with the ball in the final 8 overs (44/3) and never looked back since. Although the conditions showed a bit of allegiance to the side batting second, Rohit and Dhawan - make no mistake - took nothing for granted; they respected good deliveries and pounced on the bad ones to put the chase on a platter. Both engineered a 210-run opening stand asides from their magnificent hundreds and with that, India are just one yawning step away from sealing a slot in the finals.
Just a hit away
Two 100s in the same ODI for Ind vs Pak:S Tendulkar (118) & N Sidhu (101) Sharjah 1996V Sehwag (108) & R Dravid (104) Kochi 2005S DHAWAN (114) & R SHARMA (100*) Dubai 2018
Fewest innings to 19 ODI 100s:104 H Amla124 V Kohli171 AB de Villiers181 ROHIT SHARMA189 C Gayle190 Ross Taylor
Highest p'ship for Ind vs Pak for any wicket:231 S Tendulkar - N Sidhu (2nd) Sharjah 1996210 R SHARMA - S DHAWAN (1st) Dubai 2018201 V Sehwag - R Dravid (3rd) Kochi 2005
Hasan Ali [6.0-0-33-0] is back into the attack
This is now the highest opening stand in UAE surpassing 204 between Saeed Anwar & Rameez Raja against SL in Sharjah in 1993
Ambati Rayudu, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Highest opening stand for Ind in run chases:210 R SHARMA - S DHAWAN Dubai 2018201*G Gambhir - V Sehwag v NZ, Hamilton, 2009197*S Ganguly - S Tendulkar v Zim, Sharjah, 1998196 S Ganguly - V Sehwag v WI, Rajkot, 2002192 S Ganguly - V Sehwag v Eng, Colombo PUNE, 2002
Fewest innings to 7000 ODI runs:150 H Amla161 V Kohli166 AB de Villiers174 S Ganguly181 R SHARMA183 B Lara
Shoaib Malik to Rohit, THAT'S OUT!! Run Out!!
Shikhar Dhawan's gone!
Fewest innings to 15 ODI 100s:86 H Amla106 V Kohli108 S DHAWAN143 Saeed Anwar144 S Ganguly147 C Gayle/AB de Villiers
Nothing seems to be working for Pakistan, they're just going through the motions
Virat fan tweets: Is anyone missing Virat Kohli or is it just me? -- Just you for the moment.
Malik to try his luck with the ball
Rouf Meer (@roufmeer) tweets: "Who will touch the 100 first? Petrol, Diesel, Rohit or Dhawan? #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018 #CBHaveYourSay" - Probably Dhawan, though I wouldn't bet against petrol. #HaveISaidTooMuch?
Shaheen Afridi [4.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Absolutely no intent from Pakistan. Sarfraz seems to have given up. Last throw of the dice as Pakistan's young and unlucky Afridi comes onto bowl. Gee, just realized Afridi and young's such a good combination
Most runs in an Asia Cup for India (ODIs):372 S Raina (2008)357 V Kohli (2012)348 V Sehwag (2008)327 MS Dhoni (2008)306 S DHAWAN (2018)
Shadab Khan pulls out at the last minute. Reload please
Highest p'ship between Rohit & Dhawan in ODIs:178 vs Aus, Nagpur, 2013176 vs Aus, Jaipur, 2013174 vs Ire, Hamilton, 2015171 vs Pak, Dubai DSC, 2018
India just 67 away
Mohammad Nawaz [5.0-0-23-0] is back into the attack
Highest opening p'ship for India vs Pak:159 S Ganguly - S Tendulkar Dhaka 1998155 G Gambhir - V Sehwag Mirpur 2008154 S Gavaskar - M Prabhakar Jamshedpur 1987152 R SHARMA - S DHAWAN Dubai 2018
Ashutosh Panday (@ashutoshatru) tweets: "#Cricbuzzlive Why Shoaib Malik not bowling. His experience can be handy in these conditions." - I'm sure that's at the back of Sarfraz's mind.
Dhawan & Rohit are the first Indian opening pair to put together two 100+ opening stands against Pakistan. Before today they scored 136 in Edgbaston in CT 2017.
Mohammad Amir [3.0-0-21-0] is back into the attack
Most 100+ opening partnerships overall:21 S Tendulkar - S Ganguly16 A Gilchrist - M Hayden15 G Greenidge - D Haynes13 R SHARMA - S DHAWAN12 S Tendulkar - V Sehwag
Most 100+ opening partnerships for India:21 S Tendulkar - S Ganguly13 R SHARMA - S DHAWAN12 S Tendulkar - V Sehwag
Hasan Ali [2.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
For the 12th time in 13 ODIs played by India in 2018, at least one from the top three has reached fifty. The only ODI they failed to do so was against England at Lord's.
And it's time to usurp some fluids as Drinks arrive. Blockbuster start by the openers for India. They have been brilliant throughout the tournament so far. Pakistan's bowling has lacked teeth, probably they need to consult a dentist tomorrow. Their hopes are fast evaporating, somehow have to break this stand soon.
Has Afridi saved a couple of runs for his team? If he hasn't, it's fifty for Dhawan. The matter has been sent upstairs. Oh, looks like Afridi's body is in contact with the ropes there. It's a four!
Sarfraz was seen having a chat with Nawaz in between the overs.
Saswat Panigrahy (@SaswatPanigra12) tweets: "#CBHaveYourSay Why don't we refer the white ball as a rasagulla. It surely is for the bowlers ain't it?" - El-Oh-El! Definitely in my shortlist. A nice gag name, but not quite what we're looking for :P
Slip added now.
Shadab Khan is here.
India's opening stands in Asia Cup 2018: 45, 86, 61 & 53*
Pacers given a break.
Pacers given a break. Spin has been introduced. Here's Nawaz
Sarfraz is egging the young Afridi.
Pakistan's new ball bowlers haven't troubled either Rohit or Dhawan so far in the last couple of overs. It's been pure dominance from the openers.
Change of bowling. Hasan Ali with a slip.
Square leg whisked back and fine leg brought inside the circle. Short ball ploy coming up?
Shaheen Afridi, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Amir will open the attack