India strolled to an authoritative eight-wicket victory against Pakistan in the marquee Asia Cup group clash in an atmospheric Dubai International Stadium on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, unchanged Pakistan didn’t get going after opting to bat first. Both the front-line pacers kept it tight by bowling at the bodies of openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. As a result of that, Imam played an uncharacteristic get-out-of-jail slog to nick it to MS Dhoni in the third over. A couple of overs later, Zaman pulled a skiddy shortish ball from Bhuvneshwar to the safe hands of Yuzvendra Chahal at midwicket.
There was hardly a moment when Jadhav wasn’t involved and next up were his two wickets to remove Asif Ali and Shadab Khan.
There was a brief period of resilience when Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Amir added some defiant runs (37), however, once Bumrah was recalled, Ashraf’s time was up. The front-line seamers teamed up again to pick the final two wickets.
However, Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu saw it off with any further damage. They added 60 runs for the third wicket to beat the Green Caps by eight wickets quite convincingly.