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India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: India beat Pakistan by 9 wickets

India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Strong opening wicket stand between Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan ensure a comfortable win for India over Pakistan.

By: Sports Desk | Dubai | Updated: September 26, 2018 2:47:24 pm
India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have put India in a position of strength. (Source: AP)

India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan scored centuries as India strolled to victory against a hapless Pakistani side. Faced with a target of 238 to chase, Rohit and Shikhar put up an opening stand of 210 within 34 overs to flatten the opponents. They were helped by some lax fielding and dropped catches from Pakistan early on. Rohit, in the process, completed 7000 ODI runs, becoming just the ninth Indian player to do so. Shikhar Dhawan, on the other hand scored his 15th ODI ton before being run out.

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India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018 Highlights:

00:19 (IST)24 Sep 2018
Shikhar Dhawan is the man of the match

"I enjoyed my game. I've been in good touch and just wanted to make the most of it. It's a good batting track and I enjoyed the way I was batting. It was sensible and aggressive and I enjoyed the balance. Pakistan have a good bowling attack. I knew that as openers we have to stay in. So once I got set, I just carried on and as I said, I was sensible and I didn't want to throw away my wicket. Once you're set, once you've played 20 overs, it gets easier. It's the job for openers, play out the new ball, and that's the opposition's strength. We don't get runs that easily in the first 15 overs but Rohit played an amazing knock again, he's very good at converting to centuries. So it's good that we both value our wickets. We know that we don't get these conditions often and we wanted to take advantage of it"

00:16 (IST)24 Sep 2018
Rohit Sharma speaks

"We asked something like this from the boys. It was challenging conditions, and it was tough coming out and playing in these conditions. All of them showed great character. We spoke about leaving our past performances in the past and doing the job again today and they did it. Bumrah has matured as a bowler now, has played a great amount of cricket and he understands his bowling. it's very important for any player. He understands what fields he needs to set and on a wicket like that you need to be clever, keep it tight, keep up pressure. Bhuvneshwar too did exactly the same We never wanted to let them off the hook and our spinners have been magnificent throughout the tournament. They kept taking wickets and when you do that, you win. It was a challenge when Hardik got injured. We were playing four spinners including Jadhav. We wondered about going with three seamers, but knowing these conditions, we went with the spinners and they have been great. Jadeja too, to come back into the side and do so well. Opening with Dhawan is, I don't even need to speak to him, it's important to let him be and we've batted enough to understand each other's games. We know how important the first 10 overs is. The chase becomes a little easier if that's done well. The most important thing was to bat as long as possible and that's what we did. Nothing is easy [hitting sixes] and when it comes off it looks nice. I've gotten out playing those shots but its important to put pressure on the bowlers Pakistan have a great bowling line-up and it's important to keep them under pressure. They've troubled us in the past. 

23:58 (IST)23 Sep 2018
India win by 9 wickets

This is the highest margin of victory for India in terms of wickets in hand. In their previous encounter against Pakistan in this tournament, India's margin of victory was the highest in terms of number of overs in hand. Pakistan were never really in it. It looked like they might set up a biggish total for India to chase but an extraordinary spell of death over bowling from India restricted. And then, it was the Dhawan-Rohit show. 

23:45 (IST)23 Sep 2018
19th ODI ton for Rohit Sharma

And that draws him level with Mahela Jawardene, Brian Lara and Ross Taylor on the all-timer's list. India need 18 to win now. 

23:33 (IST)23 Sep 2018
GONE! MIX UP! Dhawan has to walk

An unceremonious end to an incredible innings. Rohit tapped it to point and yelled 'no!' but Shikhar was already halfway down the track. There was no way he could get back in time. That ends the partnership at 210. 

23:26 (IST)23 Sep 2018
100 for Dhawan, 7000 ODI runs for Rohit Sharma, 200 for India

They are just having fun now. 33rd over, Rohit Sharma runs a single and gets to 7000 ODI runs. Shikhar Dhawan, who was on 99, then hits a four to reach three figures. 15th time he has scored a ton in ODI cricket. 

23:15 (IST)23 Sep 2018
India 179/0, need 59 off 119

It's come to that point when we can start pulling up records. This is Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan's highest opening partnership, the previous one being 178 against Australia. Both batsmen are in their 90's now. 

23:07 (IST)23 Sep 2018
28 overs, India 168/0

This is too easy at the moment. Rohit Sharma has stepped up now as Shikhar Dhawan takes a breather. Rohit is dropped once again and he had hit a six off the previous. This is now India's highest ever opening stand against Pakistan. The previous highest was between Saurav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar - 159 - in Dhaka in 1998. 

22:43 (IST)23 Sep 2018
22 overs, India 120/0

Rohit and Dhawan are the first Indian opening pair to have put up 100-run stands against Pakistan twice. They had done so in Champions Trophy 2017. Pakistan are paying for being utterly lethargic on the field early on. That helped these two settle in and now they are just playing their shots with ease. 

22:31 (IST)23 Sep 2018
20 overs gone!

19. 3 FOUR! Quicker delivery from Shadab Khan and Shikhar Dhawan charged forward to smack a boundary straight down the line.

19.4 Single

19.5 Single

20.0 NO RUN

20 overs gone, IND 107/0

22:31 (IST)23 Sep 2018
20 overs gone!

19. 3 FOUR! Quicker delivery from Shadab Khan and Shikhar Dhawan charged forward to smack a boundary straight down the line.

19.4 Single

19.5 Single

20.0 NO RUN

20 overs gone, IND 107/0

22:29 (IST)23 Sep 2018
100 up for India!

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan bring up 100 for India. It is their 13th 100-run partnership. It took India 19.1 overs to reach the mark. Pakistan still have no answer how to break this partnership. 

22:21 (IST)23 Sep 2018

FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan brings up his his half century in 52 balls and it is Dhawan's 26th ODI half century. Dhawan's wifey Ayesha stands in the crowd and applauds. IND 91/0 after 18 overs

22:17 (IST)23 Sep 2018
Rohit Sharma unleashed!

Rohit Sharma had paced his inning slowly with Shikhar Dhawan leading the charge. But now that Dhawan has started to slow down, Sharma goes after Mohammad Nawaz. Two boundaries in his over. 17 overs gone, IND 85/0

22:10 (IST)23 Sep 2018
15 overs gone

15 overs gone, and guess what - Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are still going on. Pakistan have found no answer to get a breakthrough here and the two openers are easily going about their business. 15 overs gone, IND 72/0

22:00 (IST)23 Sep 2018
Change in attack

It has only been just 11 overs - and Pakistan are introducing their fifth bowler. Shadab Khan replaces Mohammad Amir in attack. Too many changes from Sarfraz Khan as he looks eager to break this partnership. 

21:56 (IST)23 Sep 2018
Harsha Bhogle on Pakistan fielding effort

Harsha Bhogle takes a dig at Pakistan's fielders:

21:54 (IST)23 Sep 2018

10 overs gone and Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have stitched another 50-run partnership. Two fours from Amir's overs by Dhawan and India are 53/0 at the end of first powerplay.

21:52 (IST)23 Sep 2018
Mohammad Amir returns!

Mohammad Amir returns to the attack to replace Shaheen Afridi. First ball dot. Second ball dot. Third ball boundary! Misses his length this time and Dhawan just uses the pace of the ball to glide it for a straight boundary. 

21:47 (IST)23 Sep 2018
Time for some spin!

Pakistan make a change in attack - Mohammad Nawaz replaces Hasan Ali. Pakistan are trying to search for wickets, but are not finding anything at the moment.

India and Pakistan teams for the national anthems in the Asia Cup India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup 2018: India face Pakistan in Dubai.  (Express photo by Shamik Chakrabarty)

India Probable XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan Probable XI: Fakhar Zaman, Imam Ul Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (c & wk), Faheem Ashraf/Haris Sohail, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan/Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi/Mohammad Amir