India beat arch rivals Pakistan comprehensively by nine wickets in aSuper Four encounter of the Asia Cup cricket in Dubai lastnight. Powered by Skipper Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 111 and hisopening partner Shikhar Dhawan’s fine 114, India easily chased down the victorytarget of 238 in only 39.3 overs. It was India’s biggest win against Pakistanin terms of number of wickets lost.
Earlier, brilliant bowling by spinners Kuldeep Yadav and YuzvendraChahal and pacer Jasprit Bumrah restricted Pakistan to 237 for 7 in thestipulated 50 overs, after they decided to bat after winning the toss.
With the win, India took a giant stride towards summit clash ofthesix-nation tournament. They will next take on Afghanistan tomorrow in the SuperFour Clash.
In yesterday’s other Super Four clash, Bangladesh defeated Afghanistanby a narrow margin of three runs. Batting first after winning thetoss, Bangladesh made 249 for 7 in 50 overs. Chasing the target,Afghanistan fell three run short of victory despite a spirited fight and endedwith a score of 246 for seven.
Bangladesh now need to beat Pakistan on Wednesday to qualify for thesummit clash.