Team India produced a dominant display of batting, bowling and fielding to cruise to a comfortable win over UAE in the Asia Cup on Thursday. The Indian bowlers reduced the UAE batsmen to a mere 81-9 from their 20 overs and Rohit Sharma ran riot against the UAE bowling to get India off to a scintillating start. Shikhar Dhawan stayed put and Yuvraj Singh hit a few lusty blows to seal a 9-wicket victory for the men in blue with 59 balls to spare.
Here are the 5 turning points from the India vs UAE encounter.
- Tight first spell from Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah
With Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting a rare opportunity in the team, the medium pacer made the most of it with a sensational first spell, not conceding any runs and picking up a wicket from his first two overs. It was a great sight to see the Indian bowlers hunting in pairs, with Jasprit Bumrah putting the screws from the other end. UAE lost two wickets for a mere 2 runs from their first four overs.
2. Shaiman Anwar with a fighting knock
With wickets tumbling at regular intervals at the other end, Shaiman Anwar produced a fighting knock with his 43 off 48 balls to ensure the UAE side bat their quota of 20 overs. Anwar negotiated the spin bowlers Harbhajan Singh and Pawan Negi with composure in the middle overs and kept the score ticking for his side, despite a batting collapse.
#3 Spinners bowling in tandem
Harbhajan Singh bowled a very tight line in his spell of 11-1 from his four overs while the debutant Pawan Negi got over his first over blues with an improved performance in his next two overs finishing with 16-1 from his 3 overs, in addition to ensuring a runout and taking two catches.
4. Flying start from Rohit Sharma
With Shikhar Dhawan looking nervy and hesitant, Rohit Sharma upped the ante with a few big hits in the 4th over and scored 39 runs of the 43-run opening stand. Rohit looked in sizzling touch as he plundered the UAE bowling to all corners before being dismissed by Qadeer Ahmed in the 6th over, setting the platform for an in-form Yuvraj Singh to come in and get some more runs under his belt.
5. Yuvraj promoted to No. 3
The great thing about this Indian team is its versatility. You can have a Suresh Raina or a Yuvraj Singh being promoted above Virat Kohli, or a Hardik Pandya coming in before the likes of Dhoni and Yuvraj when the team needs quick runs. Last night, Yuvraj Singh was promoted to No. 3 and he continued his good form with a blazing 25 off 14 balls, steamrolling the helpless UAE bowling with his array of big shots. India won the match comfortably with 9 wickets and 59 balls to spare.