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Asia Cup 2018: Twitter hails India’s clinical victory over Pakistan

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma

If you thought the Indians are tired after the long tour of England and if you thought they would go down easily against Pakistan after an average show against Hong Kong, the Men in Blue proved you horribly wrong. It was as clinical as a performance can get. India defeated the arch-rivals Pakistan by 8 wickets.

Initially, Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, after a poor outing in the last game, came back to his best. He accounted for the wickets of both the Pakistani openers inside 5 overs. Pakistan was left reeling at 3/2 and was in a dire need of a resurrection.

Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik hung in there to script a comeback. But Kuldeep Yadav inflicted a massive turnaround by dismissing Babar for 47 leaving the opposition at 85/3 in the 21st over. It triggered a massive collapse and Pakistan lost wickets in a heap.

Sarfaraz Ahmed fell in the bid to up the ante and Malik got run out. Kedar Jadhav enjoyed a great outing and ended up picking 3 wickets. There was not a lot of resistance from the lower order and ultimately, the Men in Green were bowled out for 162 in 43.1 overs.

The Indian openers got off to a steady start and saw off the new ball. Rohit Sharma then went berserk and hit some breathtaking sixes. One pull shot after another took his past his fifty off just 34 balls. His partner Shikhar Dhawan played second fiddle and the opening stand of 86 runs put India firmly in control.

Rohit scored 52 while Dhawan departed after scoring 46. There wasn’t much left in the chase and the formality was completed by Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik. Both stayed unbeaten at 31 and brought the side home in 29 overs with 8 wickets in hand.

Match Summary

Pakistan won the toss and opted to bat first

Pakistan: 162/10 in 43.1 overs

Babar Azam 47 (62), Shoaib Malik 43 (67)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar 15/3 (7), Kedar Jadhav 23/3 (9)

India: 164/2 in 29 overs

Rohit Sharma 52 (39), Shikhar Dhawan 46 (54)

Shadab Khan 6/1 (1.3), Faheem Ashraf 31/1 (5)

India won by 8 wickets

Player of the Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

 

Here are the best tweets that panned out during India’s win against Pakistan

 

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