Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan proved their mettle in the white ball cricket with elegant hundreds as India took a giant stride towards the finals of Asia Cup 2018 with a thumping nine-wicket victory against Pakistan at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Chasing the moderate target of 238, Rohit (111 no off 119 balls) and Dhawan (114 off 100 balls) made the mockery of Pakistani bowling attack adding 210 runs for the opening stand to seal their second victory in the tournament with 10.3 overs remaining.
Earlier in the day, Pakistan produced an improved batting performance, led by their most experienced player Shoaib Malik, scoring 237 for 7 in 50 overs. The veteran Pakistan batsman scored 78 off 90 balls and added an invaluable 107 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (44 off 66 balls) to enable Pakistan post a respectable total.
Highlights and FULL CRICKET SCORE of INDIA vs PAKISTAN 2018 Asia Cup Super Four Match 3:
#11:50 PM: India beat Pakistan by nine wickets with 10.3 overs to spare. A convincing win for the 'Men in Blue' in the Asia Cup 2018. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma remained the two heroes for India as they both raised their individual hundred.
#11:48 PM: Just six more runs needed. Is this the last over, just one hit away. I and almost every Indian would want to see hitman hitting the winning six. Will he do that? lets hope so.
#11:45 PM: Score after 38 overs: IND 232-1; Rayudu 8(13)Rohit 109(115)
#11:40 PM: SIX! Elegant shot from the hitman. He is a truly unbelievable player. It short and pulled away by Rohit Sharma into the mid-wicket stands. If Ricky Ponting is watching this shot, he will feel jealous of Rohit's pull-hitability. Punter was one of the greatest pull hitters in cricket history.
#11:38 PM: 100 for Rohit Sharma! After Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma reaches a century too! It's his 19th in ODI cricket, drawing him level with Brian Lara, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor. This was a matured hundred. A true captain's innings. Just 18 runs needed.
#11:35 PM: Rohit Sharma has become just the ninth Indian batsman to score 7,000 ODI runs.
#11:32 PM: Highest opening stand for India in run chases: 204 Rohit SHARMA - Sikhar Dhawan (Today); Previous highest was - 201*G Gambhir - V Sehwag v NZ, Hamilton, 2009
#11:28 PM: OUT! Sikhar Dhawan is run out. Rohit was not even looking even looking at it but Dhawan was in hussle to be on the strike. Could not come back. End of a beautiful innings. Sikhar Dhawan run out 114(100).
#11:25 PM: FOUR! Dhawan stands still and hammers this straight of mid-off. Don't bother to chase that.
#11:24 PM: SIX! Into the stands! Full on the pads, Dhawan lines up for a half-volley and once it arrives wastes no time in launching this over cow corner.
#11:22 PM: FOUR! And here comes the century for Gabbar. 15th ODI ton for Shikhar Dhawan. His second in the series. His wife in the stands is all smiles so is the dressing room that gives a standing ovation to Sikhar. Brilliant innings, one of his best.
#11:16 PM: Score after 31 overs: IND 190-0; Dhawan 98(92)Rohit 91(94)
#11:15 PM: FOUR! Short and wide, begging to be spanked and fearless Dhawan does his duty. He has now reached 98. Rohit, on the other hand, is on 91. not to far behind his partner.
#11:10 PM: States time: THis is India's biggest partnership against Pakistan. It has also become the highest partnership of Rohit and Dhawan against any team. Their earlier highest partnership was 178 against Australia.
#11:10 PM: Twitter Talks: "I don't feel angry but sad for the players as most of them are young and new. Good coaching is required. Senior management needs to boost their morale. Its okay match hah ! Haar jao ge zada se zada par daro mat ! Aggression is missing," says Hina Khalid from Pakistan.
#11:05 PM: SIX! Giving a chance to Rohit Sharma is turning out to be fatal for Pakistan. Imam-ul-Haq had dropped a sitter when he was on 18 and now the entire team is paying the price. Hitman on the move.
#11:03 PM: Score after 27 overs: India 157-0; Rohit 75(83)Dhawan 81(79)
#10:58 PM: SIX! I don't know why the Pakistani bowlers didn't get it yet that bowling shirt against Rohit is a crime. A poor short delivery from Shadab and gets the punishment. Rohit is looking flawless today.
#10:55 PM: Score after 25 overs: India 138-0; Dhawan 80(78)Rohit 57(72)
#10:52 PM: FOUR! Hasan Ali hasn't got the lesson yet. Balls a short ball to Dhawan, who swiveled across and pulled it behind square for four.
#10:49 PM: SIX! Dhawan anticipated the short ball early, went back and placed it in the gap behind square. The last ball six ruined Amir's decent over.
#10:45 PM: Meanwhile, The opening pair of Dhawan and Rohit (100+ partnership = 13) has become India's second pair with most 100+ Partnership after Sachin and Sourav (100+ partnership = 21).
#10:40 PM: Fifty for Rohit: Back-to-back fifties for skipper Rohit Sharma, who is leading from the front. Asia Cup 2018 has been a dream trounament for both these openers.
#10:35 PM: Score after 20 overs: India 107-0; Dhawan 62(63)Rohit 44(57)
#10:20 PM: FOUR! Fifty for Shikhar Dhawan. His 26th ODI fifty. Reaches the milestone in style with a four. A bit short from Shadab, Dhawan lowers his stance and hacks it over square leg.
#10:15 PM: Pervez Musharraf, former President of Pakistan, who was watching the match, has left from the ground. Probably he knew it almost slipped away from Pakistan's hands.
#10:10 PM: FOUR! Rohit swept it behind the square leg.
#10:05 PM: Score after 15 overs: India: 72-0; Dhawan 43(49)Rohit 28(41)
#10:02 PM: Twitter Talks: "Has Rohit proven to be more sorted out captain than Virat looking at this series performance as well as IPL and other matches?" asks Jhony - A daring question but Rohit has to be a little consistent when it comes to his own performance and Kohli has been doing that.
#10:00 PM: Shadab Khan, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
#09:55 PM: Score after 10 overs: India - 53-0; Dhawan 34(33)Rohit 18(27)
#09:53 PM: 50-run opening stand between Rohit Sharma and Sikhar Dhawan. They are looking set at the moment, Dhawan especially.
#09:53 PM: FOUR! Bravo Dhawan! Amir bowls a juicy half volley, Dhawan clears his front leg and drives it towards mid on for four. Dhawan says Amit not welcome.
#09:52 PM: FOUR! Amir bowls it too full, overpitched to be more precious. Dhawan walks down and hit it with a straight bat. Beautiful.
#09:49 PM: Amir is back into the attack: After a two-over spell, Amir has been recalled by skipper Sarfraz. He probably wants a combination of spin and pace attack. Will it work for Pakistan?
#09:47 PM: Twitter Talks: "What is with Dhawan and Champions trophy and Asia Cup. He is just unstoppable and looks at such ease in both these tournaments. Wonder why...," says Niraj.
#09:45 PM: Mohammad Nawaz, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
#09:45 PM: Score after 8 overs: India- 43/0; Rohit 18(26)Dhawan 25(22)
#09:42 PM: Dropped! . A let off for Rohit could be disastrous and Pakistan skipper Sarfraz knows about it very well. His reaction can tell that clearly.
#09:38 PM: SIX! And here comes the Rohit special. Shaheen bowled it short, exactly what Rohit loves, and got muscled over the backward square leg.
#09:34 PM: Score after 5 overs: India 23-0; Dhawan 15(15)Rohit 8(15)
#09:32 PM: FOUR! Hasan commits the crime of bowling short against Rohit and gets the punishment. It was short, on the body, Rohit hauled his back leg and pulled it for four.
#09:30 PM: Change of the bowling: Hasan Ali replaces Amir. This comes a bit early.
#09:28 PM: FOUR! Dhawan goes after Shaheen. A magnificent wrist work from Dhawan. Shaheen bowled that on the middle and leg, Dhawan moved inside the line of the ball and guided it through mid-wicket for four.
#09:25 PM: FOUR! First boundary off the innings from Dhawan. A length ball just outside off by Amir but Dhawan stayed strong with his bottom-hand, waited for it and pinged it off the middle.
#09:20 PM: Good first over by Shaheen Afridi: The youngster conceded just one run in his first over of the innings. He bowled very tight line against Rohit, who played five of the six balls of his over.
#09:16 PM: Shaheen Afridi, left-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
#09:15 PM: Fine start for India: Six off the first overs. Score after 1 overs: India 6-0; Rohit 3(5)Dhawan 3(1)
#09:12 PM: Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Amir will open the attack
#09:10 PM: Cricket expert Harsha Bhogle feels Pakistan is 20-run short. Do you also think the same? Tell us in comments what you think about the total - Will Pakistan be able to defend this target or India once again emerge victorious? Action begins!
Pakistan might be about 20 short here. Malik's wicket the turning point.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) September 23, 2018
#08:25 PM: Pakistan finish their innings on 237-7 with Shoaib Malik being the highest scorer of the match. He scored 78 runs and stitched a good 107-run partnership with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (44 off 66 balls). Can pakistan defend this total against the mighty Indian batting lineup? Live action coming up after the innings break.
#08:20 PM: Last over of the innings: Out Bowled!! This was full, quick on middle and leg, Shadab has a heave at it and the inside edge clips his pads before it crashed to the stumps.
#08:20 PM: Seven off the 49th over: Can Pakistan reach 250? They are 232-6 right now. Bumrah will bowl the last over, which means it is highly unlikely to score 18 runs.
#08:15 PM: Second last over of the innings: Bhuvneshwar Kumar (8.0-0-39-0) is back into the attack
#08:14 PM: Score after 48 overs: Pakistan 225-6; Mohammad Nawaz 10(11) Shadab Khan 6(11)
#08:10 PM: FOUR! A very poor ball from Chahal. Very short and wide outside off. Allowed the batsman to throw his hands at it. The easy boundary at the cover fence.
#08:07 PM: Score after 45 overs: Pakistan 211-6; Mohammad Nawaz 0(1)Shadab Khan 2(3)
#08:05 PM: UPDATE from Afghanistan vs Bangladesh: 50 for Mahmudullah! Crucial innings for his team, they are now 175/5 after 41 overs. Click here for LIVE Score Card and commentary of Afghanistan vs Bangladesh match.
#08:00 PM: OUT! Chahal removes the dangerman Asif. His 50th ODI wicket! Mohammad Nawaz, left handed bat, comes to the crease
#07:55 PM: Score after 44 overs: Pakistan 205-5; Asif Ali 26(18)Shadab Khan 0(1)
#07:50 PM: OUT! Malik out. What a cath by Dhoni. Bumrah does the work for India. It was going down the leg side. Malik tried to glance it down to fine leg but instead ended up guiding it into the gloves of the Indian keeper.
#07:45: Score after 42 overs: Pakistan 193-4; Asif Ali 20(12)Shoaib Malik 73(85)
#07:44 PM: SIX! Wooohhoo... Another length delivery from Bhuvi and gets the punishment as Asif makes sure to clear the deep mid-wicket stands with all his might. Power hitting. Pakistan is clearly turning it away.
#07:43 PM: FOUR! Bhuvneshwar is turning out to be very expensive. A rare sight though.
#07:42:PM: Bhuvneshwar to Asif Ali, SIX! Another length ball and Asif was waiting in his crease. A massive 93 meter six over long on by the power-hitter.
#07:40 PM: FOUR! It was length delivery right into the slot from Bhuvneshwar. Malik swung hard, could not time it well but enough to clear the mid on.
#07:32 PM: OUT! Sarfraz Ahmed gone, Kuldeep Yadav provides India a much-needed breakthrough. Sarfraz was looking to hit over the covers but could not clear Rohit Sharma at covers, who took a good catch. Sarfraz wicket was a skipper to skipper affair.
#07:25 PM: Score after 38 overs: Pakistan 160-3; Shoaib Malik 62(75)Sarfraz 42(64)
#07:20 PM: SIX! Confident Malik hit Jadeja for a maximum straight over the head of Jadeja. Read that quick delivery early and went down the wickets and lofted it over the bowler's head.
#07:15 PM: Twitter Talks: "This is what we need right? A close match. A testimony of the greatness of India's batting line-up while chasing. Don't know why people are talking about Malik's wicket as we all know that one wicket can invariably make this match one-sided," says Rana.
#07:10 PM: Score after 35 overs: Pakistan 141-3; Sarfraz 35(57)Shoaib Malik 50(64)
#07:05 PM: 43rd ODI fifty for Malik: He loves batting against India, he loves spin bowling, and he loves these pressure situations. A very good innings from Pakistan's most experienced player.
#07:00 PM: SIX! A tossed up delivery on middle and leg, Shoaib goes down on his knee and smokes it deep into the mid-wicket stands. Clean hitting.
#06:55 PM: Good start for KJ: Three of Jadhav's first over. India's man with a golden arm. Can he stop these two from building a partnership? If he can, half of the game will already come in India's favour.
#06:50 PM: Kedar Jadhav, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
#06:45 PM: Half innings over: Pakistan has played 25 overs but could not even reach hundred which should trouble the men in green. Anything less than 250 won't trouble India much, given the current form of its players.
#06:40 PM: FOUR! Jadeja drops it a little shorter, Sarfraz walks down the wicket and played it towards the deep mid-wicket boundary for four.
#06:35 PM: Score after 20 overs: Pakistan 71-3; Shoaib Malik 9(14)Sarfraz 6(17)
#06:25 PM: Twitter Talks: "Anything above 280 will put Pakistan in driver's seat. But that requires a huge partnership between these two," says Yash.
#06:20 PM: Score after 18 overs: PAK 64-3; Shoaib Malik 3(7)Sarfraz 5(12)
#06:10 PM: Harsha Bhogle says, "What a peculiar last few minutes! Babar Azam must be gutted with his part in two dismissals. Had to take a call on the review and gave it away with the run-out."
#06:03 PM: Shoaib Malik, right handed bat, comes to the crease. Jasprit Bumrah [4.0-1-10-0] is back into the attack.
#06:02 PM: Run OUT! Babar Azam departs for 9 runs. Babar wanted a single but sent back by Sarfraz. Chahal, in the meantime, collects the bowl quickly and fire the throw towards bowlers end where Jadeja did well to collect it and shatter the bails.
#06:00 PM: Score after 15 overs: Pakistan 56-2; Babar Azam 8(24)Sarfraz 1(2)
#05.58 PM: OUT BW! Fakhar Zaman is caught plumb in front by Kuldeep Yadav for 31. Zaman went for the sweep but it was too full and hit straight on the pads. Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed replaces him.
#05:55 PM: Six! That's a very excellent shot from Zaman. It was bowled full outside off, Zaman clears his front leg and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket. Pakistan need more of them.
#05:50 PM: Twitter Talks: Well, if Pakistan makes 240+, they can put India under pressure but as we've seen the track gets better under lights to bat on, plus Indian batsmen being in form, especially Hit-man and Gabbar, I don't think we'll have any problems!
#05:45 PM: Score after 10 overs: Pakistan 28-1; Babar Azam 1(9)Fakhar Zaman 12(31)
#05:33 PM: Loud appeal for LBW! and its OUT! Umpire says no, but Dhoni says go for review which means it should be out. Imam-ul-Haq,
#05:31 PM: Time for spin magic: Yuzvendra Chahal, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
#05:30 PM: Score after 7 overs: Pakistan 21-0; Imam-ul-Haq 10(18)Fakhar Zaman 6(24)
#05:28 PM: Another good over for Inda: Bhuvneshwar bowled a very tight over there, conceding just one run. Although it's a good start for Pakistan, Indian bowlers have kept them in check.
#05:24 PM: Bumrah to Imam, FOUR! A fuller length ball but a little wide and Imam-ul-Haq lean forward and played it towards the backward point boundary for four.
#05:20 PM: Score after 5 overs: Pakistan 15-0; Fakhar Zaman 4(19)Imam-ul-Haq 6(11)
#05:17 PM: FOUR! Bumrah gave a little bit width outside off, short too, and Imam-ul-Haq cracks a powerful cut to the deep backward point boundary for four.
#05:14 PM: Just one run off the over. Bhuvi bowled a very tight line in this over. Fakhar Jaman, on the other hand, is looking calm and poised. Can he repeat his 2017 ICC Champions trophy heroics?
#05:08 PM: A maiden over from Bumrah! The start is quite similar for Bumrah, his first over in the previous encounter against Pakistan was also a maiden.
#05:05 PM: Jasprit Bumrah, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
#05:04 PM FOUR! First boundary of the match but not from the bat. A short of length delivery on the hips to Fakhar Zaman. He tried to pull it but missed, the ball raced towards the fine leg fence for four. Score after 1 overs: PAK 7-0; Imam-ul-Haq 1(2)Fakhar Zaman 1(4)
#05:02 PM: Start with a wide: Bhuvneshwar bowled that back of length inswinger down the wrong line that pitched on the leg-stump and seamed further away.
#05:01 PM: Here we go! Its time for the live action, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman are at the crease. Imam-ul-Haq is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack.
#04:55 PM: Time for national anthem: The national anthems of both India and Pakistan are being played. All the people, standing on their feet.
#4:35 PM: Playing XI: Índia is playing unchanged quad, while Pakistan has made a couple of changes. Shadab is in for Haris and Amir is in for Usman Shenwari.
India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
#04:30 PM: Breaking News: Pakistan win toss, elect to bat first.
#04:00 PM: Off to round two against Pakistan: The BCCI has shared the video of Indian players leaving the hotel for the match against Pakistan. Watch it below: