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India Outclass Pakistan in Asia Cup Match

Dubai (September 19, 2018): India thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets in a match of the Asia Cup 2018 at Dubai Cricket Stadium in UAE on Sunday.

India chased down Pakistan’s below-par target of 163 in 29 overs at the loss of two wickets.

India Win by 8 Wickets

Over 29: India 164/2

Over 28: India 154/2

Over 27: India 149/2

Over 26: India 140/2

Over 25: India 137/2

Over 24: India 135/2

Over 23: India 132/2

Over 22: India 130/2

Over 21: India 129/2

Over 20: India 121/2

Over 19: India 118/2

Over 18: India 114/2

Over 17: India 106/2

Faheem to Dhawan, OUT, plays in the air and straight to Babar who makes no mistake. Dhawan is gone

16: India 100/1

Over 15: India 98/1

Shadab Khan to Rohit, OUT, Rohit is bowled after hitting an impressive century

Over 14: India 92/1

Over 13: India 87/0

Over 12: India 73/0

Over 11: India 66/0

Over 10: India 58/0

Over 9: India 54 without loss

Over 8: India 46 without loss

Over 7: India 27 without loss

Over 6: India 17 without loss

Over 5: India 15 without loss

Over 4: India 15 without loss

Over 3: India 14 without loss

Over 2: India 7 without loss

Over 1: India 2 without loss

Pakistan gave a target of 163 runs to India in the Asia Cup game being played at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.

India tilted the game in its favour after taking back-to-back wickets of Pakistan top-order in the Asia Cup game being played at the Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.

Pakistan dominated for a brief span of the game with 82 run partnership between Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam. The stand was broken by spinner Kedar Jahav as he dismissed Azam (47 off 62 balls) on a wrong’un.

The traditional batting meltdown ensues.

Sarfaraz Ahmed, Asif Ali failed to play much-needed strong innings as they were dismissed cheaply on six and nine runs respectively.

A brilliant throw by Ambati Rayudu curtailed Malik’s resistance against the Indian side. The former skipper added 43 off 67 runs in Pakistan’s total tally.

Shadab Khan was stumped on eight runs off 19 balls.

Pakistan lost its openers early in the game as fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave a much-needed breakthrough to Rohit Sharma’s side.

Imam-ul-Haq was caught behind on two while Fakhar Zaman gave an easy catch to midwicket fielder after giving a top edge. Later in the game, Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam’s over 50 runs partnership stand provided a relief to the green shirts.

Former skipper MS Dhoni dropped Shaoib Malik on Hardik Pandya’s bowl when he was on 26.

PAKISTAN 162/10 (43.1 overs)

Over 43: Pakistan 162/9

Kumar to Hasan, OUT. Hasan Ali departs

Over 42: Pakistan 160/8

Bumrah to Faheem, OUT, plays in the air and its easy taking for Dahwan. Faheem gone.

Over 41: Pakistan 158/7

Over 40: Pakistan 157/7

Over 39: Pakistan 151/7

Over 38: Pakistan 148/7

Over 37: Pakistan 141/7

Over 36: Pakistan 138/7

Over 35: Pakistan 134/7

Over 34: Pakistan 130/7

Over 33: Pakistan  121/7

Jadhav to Shadab, OUT, Shadab stumped. Umpire signals the third umpire but Shadab walks back. Another bite the dust

Over 32: Pakistan 119/6

Over 31: Pakistan  117/6

Over 30: Pakistan 113/6

Over 29: Pakistan 110/6

Over 28.1: Pakistan 110/6

Kuldeep to Asif, SIX. Asif got the power and technique to smash the ball over the rope

Over 27: Pakistan 100/5

Jadhav to Asif, OUT, Malik is run out. Malik wants a single, Asif isn’t interested. Direct throw at Malik’s end and he falls short

Over 26: Pakistan 97/4

Over 25: Pakistan 96/4

Jadhav to Sarfraz, OUT, the Pakistan captain is caught on the boundary. Top catch

Over 24: Pakistan 93/3

Over 23: Pakistan  87/3

Over 22: Pakistan 86/3

Kuldeep to Babar, OUT, missed the line, beaten and ball hit the stamp. Big big blow for Pakistan.

Over 21: Pakistan 85/2

Over 20: Pakistan 80/2

Over 19: Pakistan 76/2

Over 18: Pakistan 73/2

Over 17: Pakistan 67/2

Drink Break

Over 16: Pakistan 60/2

Over 15: Pakistan 57/2 

Over 14: Pakistan 55/2

Over 13: Pakistan 49/2

Over 12: Pakistan 39/2

Over 11: Pakistan  32/2

Over 10: Pakistan  25/2

Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik have started the rebuild for Pakistan. At the end of the powerplay after 10 overs, they’re 25/2.#INDvPAK LIVE ➡️

— ICC (@ICC) September 19, 2018

Over 9:  Pakistan 23/2

Over 8: Pakistan  22/2

Over 7: Pakistan  20/0

Over 6: Pakistan 12/2 

Pakistan lost its openers early in the game as fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave a much-needed breakthrough to Rohit Sharma’s side.

Imam-ul-Haq was caught behind on two while Fakhar Zaman gave an easy catch to midwicket fielder after giving a top edge.

The Indian pacers stuck to a tight line and length in the opening two overs, which put the pressure on young Imam. He tried to accelerate the scoring by charging down the pitch and paid the price, nicking one behind to MS Dhoni.

Babar Azam walked in to partner Zaman, but their partnership barely lasted a couple of minutes, as the latter top-edged a Kumar delivery in the 5th over and was caught by Chahal.

Shoaib Malik, who replaced Imam, struck the innings’ first boundary in the 6th over before Azam struck two boundaries of his own in the 7th to take the score to 20-2.

Over 5:  Pakistan 5/2 

Over 4: Pakistan 4/1

Over 3: Pakistan 3/1

Over 2: Pakistan 2/0

Over 1: Pakistan 2/0 

Toss: Pakistan win toss, elect to bat first

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and elected to bat first against arch rivals India in the last One-day International of Group A in the Asia Cup 2018 here at the Dubai International Cricket stadium on Wednesday.

Sarfraz Ahmed says: “We would like to score more than 280 runs on the board and then put pressure on them (India).”

For India, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Panyda are back in the playing eleven.


Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Faheem Ashraf, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan #AsiaCup2018 #INDvPAK

India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah #INDvPAK #AsiaCup2018

Spectators have started coming in to watch the biggest match of the Asia Cup 2018 between arch-rivals Pakistan and India.

While India have an edge over Pakistan in Asia Cup, winning six out of 12 encounters, Sarfraz-led team is considered favourite to win today’s high voltage match in Dubai’s sun-baked stadium.

Rival captains Sarfraz Ahmed and Rohit Sharma played down the hype surrounding the much-awaited clash, insisting that the Asia Cup is much more than a contest between the arch-rivals.

But despite their claims, millions of fans across the border and elsewhere in the world will be watching the Group A clash, with a sold out 25,000-crowd expected at Dubai Stadium.

The game is the first between the sub-continent rivals since Pakistan thumped India by 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy at The Oval in June last year.The two teams are facing each other for the first time in the United Arab Emirates since 2006, the last of their regular matches which were also held in Sharjah between 1984-2000.

Sarfraz, who led Pakistan in that memorable Champions Trophy triumph, denied that his team will have a psychological advantage.

“We will not take that Champions Trophy win in our minds,” said Sarfraz on Monday, a day after his team thumped qualifiers Hong Kong in their first match of the tournament.

“That was a different atmosphere (in London) and conditions. It was a year ago so that´s history so we will enter the ground with a new strategy and passion.”

India without Kohli

India’s regular captain and world-class batsman Virat Kohli has been rested for the competition to help his aching back after a gruelling tour of England.

But Sarfraz refused to accept Kohli´s absence will make much difference.“No doubt he (Kohli) is their captain and a world-class batsman but I think they (India) have a good team even without Kohli.

“They have good players who have done well for India. So I don´t think it will make much difference to India. Their batting is very strong so I can say that it will be a good match.”

Sarfraz has told his players just to enjoy the occasion.

“My message to the players is not to bother about the result and do (their) best and when you do that you get a positive result in all matches because there are five other teams as well,” he said.

India have won the event — which started in 1984 — six times, while Pakistan have been champions twice.Two teams from each group will qualify for the Super Four stage, with the top two to reach the September 28 final.

So barring any upsets against Hong Kong, India and Pakistan will also face off again in the Super Four on September 23.

India skipper Sharma said his team will be looking beyond Pakistan.

“It´s always exciting to play Pakistan, but it´s not about one team as well. There are other teams also eyeing the title,” said Sharma, who has the rare record of scoring three one-day international double hundreds.

All six teams have to endure extreme hot conditions in the UAE, with the temperature scaling to over 40 degrees Celsius and expected to rise further in the coming days.Likely Squads: 

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Haris Sohail, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan Shinwari, Shaheen Shah Afridi

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Khaleel Ahmed.Asia Cup: PM Imran To Watch Pakistan-India Clash: SourcesPM Imran to Watch Match in Stadium 

Prime Minister Imran Khan will watch the Pakistan-India Asia Cup clash in Dubai on Wednesday, diplomatic sources said.

According to sources, the former cricketer who led the Pakistan team to the 1992 World Cup victory, will be in the stands to watch the game.

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