Asia Cup 2018, Ind vs Pak: India wins by 8 wickets

A supreme performance from the bowling department was the highlight of India's 8-wicket win over Pakistan.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018

Bhuvneshwar removed Pakistan's openers Imam ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman.   -  AP

Hello and welcome to Sportstarlive's LIVE coverage of the Asia Cup match between India and Pakistan.

India couldn't have asked for a better way for the match to go. A lot of positives to take too- especially the bowling. But history has shown that Pakistan can come back hard after such a defeat. After a similarly easy win against Pakistan in the Champions trophy group stage, India was heavily defeated by its arch-rivals in the final.

23:04pm: And with a boundary, it's an emphatic win for India over arch-rivals Pakistan!

10:37pm: Rayudu and Karthik are keeping clam here. They don't need to do anything rash yet. India only needs 33 runs to win. At the end of 22 overs, India is 130/2.

10:18pm: OUT! Shikhar Dhawan departs too. His shot off Faheem Ashraf goes straight into the hands of Babar Azam, standing at point.

10:03pm: OUT! Mishap follows praise. Rohit Sharma, surprised by a Shadab Khan googly, makes his way back to the pavilion on 52.

09:58pm: 50* for Rohit Sharma. What a fine innings from the captain and made to look easy, as usual.

09:51pm: Pakistan is finding it hard to find a breakthrough. Rohit (40*) and Dhawan (30*) are playing resolute and composed innings. At the end of 12 overs, India is 73/0.

09:33pm: It's a free hit and has he smashed that! Rohit Sharma lifts that into the top tier. 96 metres! 47/0 after 8.3 overs.

09:16pm: At the end of five overs, India is 15/0. Shikhar Dhawan (10*) and Rohit Sharma (5*) have made a cautious start to the innings. And there's no reason to hurry either.

08:57pm: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan come out to open India's innings. At the end of the first over, India is 2/0.

INNINGS BREAK

08:12: It has been a clinical performance by the Indian bowlers especially by Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar who took three wickets each.

08:10: Timber! Jasprit Bumrah bowls a brilliant yorker to knock out Usman Khan as Pakistan is bundled out for 162.

8:03: Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes Hasan Ali to leave Pakistan nine down. Pakistan 160/9 in 42.1 overs.

7:56PM: Jasprit Bumrah strikes to remove Faheem Ashraf. Bumrah starts a new spell with a slower one as Faheem goes for a big shot but holes it straight into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at deep mid-wicket. Pakistan 158/8 in 41.1 overs.

7:47PM: Pakistan bring its 150 up and India is in no mood to let the partnership grow. Pakistan 151/7 in 39 overs.

7:38PM: Dropped! Yuzvendra Chahal puts down Faheem Ashraf off his own bowling. Faheem drives it hard and although Chahal gets both his hands on the ball, he doesn't manage to take the catch. Pakistan 138/7 in 36.0 overs.

7:24PM: India strikes as Kedar Jadhav picks up another wicket and Pakistan is seven down.  Shadab Khan attempts an unlikely shot as Jadhav skids it away and MS Dhoni whips the bails off in a flash as India take complete control. Pakistan 130/7 in 34.0 overs.

7.05pm: Asif Ali departs! Pakistan is six down now. India on top in Dubai. Kedar Jadhav bowls a tad wide and short outside the off stump. Asif goes for the slash and edges it. Mahendra Singh Dhoni can do no wrong, well he did one earlier by dropping a catch, but has made amends with this catch. Pakistan 110/6 in 28.1 overs.

Asia Cup: Hardik Pandya stretchered off field

7.00pm: India has upped the ante in the field. Ambati Rayudu with a direct hit and Shoaib Malik is short of the crease. Asif pushed it to the offside and Malik set off for a single. Asif didn't want the run, Malik was almost half way through and tries to get back but Rayudu was quick as a hare and does the damage. Pakistan wobbling at 100/5 in 27 overs.

 

6.50 pm: A moment of brilliance from Manish Pandey sends Sarfaraz Ahmed back. India picks up the fourth wicket. Sarfaraz tries to hit Kedar Jadhav for a maximum, but Pandey, a substitute fielder, in the deep gets his fingers on the ball, throws it back in the field of play as he goes over the line in the momemtun, comes back and takes it clean. The umpires are having a look at it but give Sarfaraz the marching orders! Pakistan slumps to 96/4 in 24.5 overs.

6.47 pm: Oh my! Bhuvneshwar, after an excellent opening spell, has buttered a chance in the deep. Shoaib Malik lots Kuldeep and Bhuvneswar, just seemed to have misjudged his run and in the end doesn't get a hand on the ball. The batsmen happily scamper for a single. Pakistan 91/3 in the 24th over.

6.40 pm: Kuldeep Yadav sends Babar Azam back with a beauty. He flights the ball, Azam dances down the track, misses it as the ball dipped on him and beats the batsman all ends up. The off-stump is pegged back and India strikes! Azam departs for 47 (62 balls) and Pakistan is 85/3.

6.30 pm: India started well when Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman back to the hut with Pakistan 3/2 but an 82-run partnership between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik revived Pakistan.

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