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Highlights, Asia Cup 2018: Rohit, Shikhar hit hundreds as India crush Pakistan by 9 wkts

India took a giant stride towards summit clash of Asia Cup with a comfortable nine-wicket win against Pakistan.

Reported by: India TV Sports Desk New Delhi Updated on: September 24, 2018 0:27 IST
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Live Cricket Match Score, India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup, Super Four, Match 3: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan in action

India vs Pakistan, Highlights, Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai:

Highlights, India vs Pakistan, Asia Cup, Super Four, Match 3: Skipper Rohit Sharma and his deputy Shikhar Dhawan showed their mastery in white ball cricket with stylish hundreds as India took a giant stride towards summit clash of Asia Cup with a comfortable nine-wicket win against Pakistan on Sunday. This is India's biggest win against Pakistan in terms of number of wickets lost. Chasing a target of 238, Rohit (111 no off 119 balls) and Dhawan (114 off 100 balls) flayed the Pakistan attack adding 210 runs for the opening stand to seal their second lopsided victory in the tournament in only 39.3 overs. (SCORECARD)


23.55 IST: India (238/1) beat Pakistan (237/7) by 9 wickets in Dubai. Rohit 111*, Dhawan 114. Shoaib Malik to Ambati Rayudu, 1 run. THERE IT IS! India move into the final. Comfortable 9-wicket win. Their first ever in ODIs.

23.50 IST: Just 6 needed. Will India finish this with a biggie?

23.45 IST: SIX! CRASH! A short ball outside off, Rohit climbs onto it and heaves it massively over mid-wicket! The long hops keep on coming and the balls keep on disappearing.

23.39 IST: Rohit Sharma hits 19th ODI century off 106 balls. Shoaib Malik to Rohit Sharma, 2 runs! Both openers have got to their milestones and India are simply cantering to a win now. On middle, Rohit works it through mid-wicket and comes back for an easy couple. Well played, skipper. Now, to stay unbeaten in the chase.  India 220/1, need 18 runs to win vs Pakistan (237/7) in Dubai.

23.37 IST: FOUR! Cheeky. On a length, outside off, Rayudu waits for the ball to come to him and dabs it to third man for a boundary.  IND 218/1 in 35 overs.

23.30 IST: Ambati Rayudu walks in at number 3, replacing Dhawan.

23.29 IST: OUT! Dhawan run out 114. No 10-wicket win for India. Dhawan is run out. In fact, even though it was referred upstairs, Dhawan was walking back to the pavilion. A rare communication failure between the openers. Rohit dabs it towards point and Dhawan, without any warning, rushes for the single. The Indian skipper is not the least bit interested and Dhawan has to turn back. Hasan Ali quickly gets to the ball from cover and returns the ball to Malik who disturbs the bails. He does not even appeal to the umpire, rather, signals to him that it is out. They do the mandatory check for the third umpire and replays confirm that Dhawan is short by a yard. End of a stunning 210-run stand, the highest ever opening wicket partnership for India in ODI run chases. India 210/1, need 28 runs to win vs Pakistan (237/7) in Dubai.

23.28 IST: FOUR! Fine way to end the over. 15 from it! Full and outside off, Dhawan hammers this through mid off and gets a boundary!

23.26 IST: SIX! CLOUT! Toying with the bowling now. A short ball, outside off, Dhawan pulls this into oblivion, wayyyy over mid-wicket!!!

23.24 IST: Shikhar Dhawan hits 15th ODI century off 95 balls. Shaheen Afridi to Shikhar Dhawan, FOUR! CENTURY NUMBER 15 IN ODIS! That too, in just 95 balls. With 15 fours and 1 six. Who remembers England now? At least, not Dhawan. He has been in tremendous form in this tournament. Full and outside off, Dhawan just eases this past extra cover and mid off has no chance running to his right. He celebrates as usual by taking his helmet off and then hugs his skipper. Well played. Now, for a quick finish? Errr... sorry. Quicker finish? India 198/0, need 40 runs to win vs Pakistan (237/7) in Dubai.

23.18 IST: Shoaib Malik has been introduced now.

23.17 IST: FOUR! What a shot! A short ball outside off, Dhawan jumps and then upper cuts it over point for a boundary! Moves to 98!!!

23.14 IST: FOUR! Bad bowling. Short and down the leg side, Rohit swivels and pulls it behind square leg for a boundary! Moves to 90 from 93 balls with his 7th four.

23.12 IST: Sarfraz goes to pace again. Really now, it is more or less moral for the fielding unit. Just 59 runs needed. Can they pick up a wicket or two? 4-0-16-0 for Shaheen so far.

23.09 IST: FOUR! The googly, and punished. Short and outside off, Dhawan plays it with the angle and punches it through the covers for a boundary. Moves to 93. Both batsmen are in a race to get to century first.  IND 177/0, need 61 runs to win.

23.06 IST: FOUR! Short and outside off, Dhawan punches this on the up through the covers and finds the gap.

23.04 IST: SIX! THERE COMES NUMBER 300!!! Another short ball, Rohit rocks back and heaves it over mid-wicket!

23.01 IST: FOUR! He is in his own zone now. He struggled to get to his 50 but since then, the Indian skipper seems to have exploded. Full and outside off, this is swept with disdain behind square leg. No man in the deep over there.

22.59 IST: Mohammad Nawaz is on as well. 5-0-23-0 so far.

22.57 IST: FOUR! What a delightful shot. Outside off, Rohit leans and drives it through the covers for a boundary! 14 from the over.

22.55 IST: SIX! CLOUT! A short ball outside off, Rohit rocks back and pulls it massively over mid-wicket! Six number 299 in international cricket for him.

*Shadab Khan into the attack again. 5-0-25-0 so far.

22.52 IST: FOUR! No mistake with the pull shot this time. It is banged in short and Dhawan pulls it behind square on the leg side for a boundary. IND 138/0 in 25 overs.

22.50 IST: SIX! CLUNK! Fine shot. Like the other night, Pakistan bowlers are not learning to bowl against Dhawan. He feasts on short stuff. And his stomach has got plenty of capacity. Never gets tired of long hops. Swivels and sends this over square leg. Almost a flat hit. 11 from the over, 107 more needed to win from 156 balls. IND 131/0 in 24 overs

22.48 ISTMohammad Amir to Rohit Sharma, Oh... excellent running. Excellent awareness. Rohit dabs this towards point and sets off for a quick single. The fielder from backward point gets across to his right and puts in a slide, trying to field the ball. But in reality, he doesn't.

22.46 IST

22.45 IST: Hasan Ali to Rohit Sharma, Oohhh.... another piece of luck for Rohit. On a length outside off, the Indian skipper looks to punch it on the up but the ball comes back in a long way and goes off the inside edge towards fine leg. A single taken.

*If you remember, he was dropped on 14 by Imam and Pakistan have only themselves to blame.

22.38 IST: Rohit Sharma scores his 37th ODI fifty! IND 118/0 in 21.5 overs, need 120 runs to win vs Pakistan (237/7) in Dubai

22.36 IST: FOUR! Sarfraz is frustrated. Amir drags his length back and bowls it around off. Dhawan loves it there. Rocks back and pulls it powerfully to the deep mid-wicket fence. IND 115/2 in 21.2 overs

22.35 IST: Hasan Ali to Rohit Sharma, An ugly hoick attempted by Rohit but he fails to make any connection. Full and wide outside off, Rohit swings and misses.

22.29 IST: FOUR! Boom! Loopy and on middle, Dhawan runs down the track to meet the pitch of the ball and drills it straight down the ground for a boundary. IND 105/0 in 19.3 overs

22.29 IST: Hundred run partnership for Rohit-Dhawan! IND 100/0 on 19.1 overs

22.24 IST: FOUR! Nails his pull shot. Fetches a short ball from outside off, keeps his weight on the back foot and hammer-pulls it through mid-wicket. No fielder in the deep and it's a boundary. Ali needs to rethink his line and length if he wants to bowl from 'round the wicket with no fielder in the deep on the leg side. IND 96/0 in 18.2 overs

*Drinks break. A strong going by India in this run chase.

22.21 IST: FOUR! Shikhar Dhawan scores his 26th ODI fifty! IND 91/0 in 18 overs, need 147 runs to win vs Pakistan (237/7) in Dubai

*Sarfraz is really unhappy with Nawaz.

22.16 IST: FOUR! A boundary to start the over and a boundary to end it. Nawaz serves a long hop outside off, Rohit goes deep inside the crease, doesn't try to hit it too hard and just concentrates on the placement. Finds it with finesse and it races through point for a boundary. IND 85/0 in 17 overs

22.13 IST: FOUR! Good start to the over! Tossed up ball landing outside leg, Rohit kneels down and sweeps it superbly behind square leg for a boundary. IND 79/0 in 16.1 overs

22.08 IST: Mohammad Nawaz to Rohit Sharma, Slows this up in the air and gets it to spin away from the batsman. Around middle, Rohit tries playing inside the line and gets an outside edge wide of short third man. Two taken. IND 70/0 in 14.4 overs

22.05 IST: Here is a look at the Twitter chatter going on right now on Ind vs Pak

22.01 IST: Shadab Khan to Shikhar Dhawan, 1 run. Shadab drops it short around middle and Dhawan pulls it powerfully through mid-wicket for a single.

21.58 IST: Shadab Khan comes into the attack after an 8-run over by Amir. So just one-over spell for the pacer.

21.56 IST: Mohammad Nawaz to Rohit Sharma, no run. Slows this up in the air and serves it around middle, there is some turn after it lands but Rohit does well to account for it and defends it to the off side. IND 57/0 in 11 overs.

21.53 IST: FOUR! Magnificent shot once again! Dhawan is looking in sublime touch. Another shot down the ground, this time there is a little bit of power as well along with some timing. A delivery around off, Dhawan has put it away in style, no chance for mid on yet again. Two boundaries off this over.

21.50 IST: FOUR! Outstanding timing! Amir angles in a length ball around off, Dhawan gets forward just a bit but offers the full face of the bat. It finds the middle and races away down the ground, past the right side of the mid on fielder, for a boundary.

21.48 IST: Mohammad Amir is back on. Change of ends for him.

21.43 IST: FOUR! No stopping this one! Shaheen pitches it up wide outside off, plenty of width on offer and Rohit just goes through with his shot. Inside-out over covers and there is no one in the deep. He plays these shots so effortlessly.  IND 43/0 in 7.4 overs.

21.40 IST: EDGY FOUR! Not going Pakistan's way! Dhawan goes hard at a full delivery outside off and edges it behind. Third man this time is standing square as a result of the first boundary and this time it scoots to his right to meet the fence.

21.38 IST: FOUR! Excellently done. Just uses the pace of the bowler. Shortish delivery outside off, Dhawan just reaches out for it and places his shot behind point for a boundary. Third man is quite straight and he has got no chance of cutting it off.

21.35 IST: Rohit Sharma DROPPED BY IMAM! Well, well, well... What have you done? A sitter really and it has gone in and out of his hands in no time. And once again, it is Shaheen Afridi at the receiving end. He does so well to deceive the batsman with a change in pace. Rohit is foxed as he checks his drive at the last moment. It goes straight to Imam-ul-Haq at short cover who fails to hold on to it. Early life to Rohit and we all know how costly it can prove to be.

21.33 IST: SIX! All timing, zero power. Shaheen is on the shorter side around leg, Rohit turns inside the crease with his pull shot and sends it packing ten rows back over backward square leg. The crowd certainly enjoyed it. IND 29/0 in 5.2 overs.

21.29 IST: FOUR! He just watched and struck it across the boundary rope. First boundary for Rohit. Not only square of the wicket on the off side, Sharma loves it on the leg side as well. Hasan drops it short and on middle, Ro puts it away with a little swivel inside the ring. Gets on top of the bounce and stylishly sends it to the deep backward square leg fence.

21.27 IST: Hasan Ali is into the attack after just two overs by Mohammad Amir. Rohit will be on strike, first time after the second over.

21.25 IST: FOUR! Lovely timing this time! A delivery angling into the batsman, anything in line of the stumps and Dhawan is quite severe. He just picks it up and flicks it with beautiful timing through mid-wicket. No chance this time for the fielder running after it.

21.22 IST: FOUR! What a shot, first boundary of the Indian innings! Not a bad delivery but it's played quite nicely. A length delivery landing outside off and shaping back in off the seam, Dhawan strides forward and strokes it elegantly through covers. IND 13/0 in 2.5 overs.

21.20 IST: Mid-wicket drops back. Going more towards deep square leg.

21.18 IST: Shaheen Afridi to Rohit Sharma, no run. Good length ball on middle and off, Rohit covers the line and blocks it to the off side. Impressive first over by Shaheen, showed no signs of nerves. Playing against arch-rivals is a lot of pressure for a player, especially a young boy.

21.15 IST: Shaheen Afridi to operate with the second new ball from the other end. He had a good ODI debut, although was a bit unlucky with a few catches going down off his bowling.

21.13 IST: Mohammad Amir to Rohit Sharma, no run. IN THE AIR... just short of backward point. Back of a length ball around off, leaving the batsman, Rohit smashes it through the line but fails to keep it down. It flies towards Shadab who goes down low but it falls just in front. Amir has a smile on his face. He knows that he nearly got Rohit there. Good start by him. IND 6/0 in 1 over.

21.10 IST: Time for the run chase! The Men in Green are in a huddle currently with Sarfraz Ahmed sharing some last minute inspirational words with his boys. Out come the Indian openers now. It's the same reliable pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. Needless to say, start will be very crucial. Rohit on strike. Mohammad Amir, who was dropped/rested in the last game, to begin with the first new ball. A slip in place.

20.26 IST: Pakistan 237/7 in 50 overs against India in Dubai. Shoaib 78, Bumrah 2/29, Kuldeep 2/41. Jasprit Bumrah to Hasan Ali, 1 run. A yorker on off, Hasan squeezes it away towards mid-wicket from a run. Only five from the final over, Bumrah finishes with figures of 10-1-29-2. 

20.24 IST: Hasan Ali is the new man in.

20.23 IST: OUT! Bumrah removes Shadab Khan for 10. Dragged on! Another one bites the dust. Very full ball, tailing in. Shadab swings hard at it but gets an inside edge onto his back pad and the ball deflects onto the stumps. Pakistan 234/7 in 49.3 overs against India in Dubai.

20.20 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Shadab Khan, 1 run. Low full toss, Shadab swings it over mid-wicket for a run and will retain strike. 7 from the penultimate over. Pakistan need 18 in the last over but it will be difficult for them to score them against Bumrah. PAK 232/6 in 49 overs.

20.15 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back for the penultimate over.

20.10 IST: FOUR! A much-needed boundary for Pakistan. Shot! It has spoiled what would have been a good over. Outside off, doesn't spin much. Nawaz lifts it over covers to pick up a boundary. PAK 22/6 in 47 overs.

20.02 IST: Mohammad Nawaz comes out to bat.

20.01 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Asif Ali for 30. Bowled 'em! 50th ODI wicket for Chahal and he is cock-a-hoop. He slips in the googly on middle, Asif clears his front leg and goes for the slog sweep but misses it completely to hear the death rattle. A cameo from Ali comes to an end. The Men in Blue are certainly have a good time at this stage. Can they bowl Pakistan out?  Pakistan 211/6 in 44.5 overs against India in Dubai.

19.59 IST: Asif Ali Not OUT! Tossed up ball on middle and leg, Ali goes for the reverse sweep but mistimes it over short third man. Kuldeep hares after it and dives but the ball lands in front of him. The batsmen go for the third run as Yadav fires in a throw to the keeper's end. Shadab dives to get in as Dhoni takes the bails off. It is taken upstairs. The replay finds the batsman to be safe.

19.58 IST: A referral for a run out has been taken upstairs. The man in question is Shadab Khan.

19.55 IST: Shadab Khan walks in to bat.

19.54 IST: OUT! Bumrah removes Shoaib Malik for 78 runs. That's a painful way to depart! Soft dismissal really. Exactly what the doctor ordered for India. Bumrah goes wider of the crease and bowls a fuller length ball down the leg side. Malik tries to flick it across but gets a faint nick behind. Dhoni moves to his left and collects it. Even before the bowler and the keeper appeal, the umpire raises his finger. A tame end to a really good knock from Shoaib Malik.  Pakistan 203/5 in 43.4 overs against India in Dubai.

19.44 IST: SIX! Make that 16 from 3! Big hitting at its best. He is such a good striker of the ball. Gets another one in the slot and dumps it over wide long on for another maximum. PAK in 192/4 in 41.5 overs.

19.43 IST: FOUR! It has already become expensive over for India. 10 from 2 balls! He is taking Bhuvi on. Slower off cutter on a fullish length outside off, Asif reaches for it and slices it over point to find the fence.

19.43 IST: SIX! THAT IS HUGE! Stand and deliver! That is the power that this youngster possesses. It is on a good length outside off, Ali stands tall and dismisses it from his presence. Super clean connection and the ball sails over the long on fence. Picked the bones out of that one.

19.42 IST: FOUR! Not off the meat but enough on it!  Malik lines up the length ball around off and takes it on. Clears his front leg and drags his heave over wide mid on. The fielder chases it but only comes second best.

19.38 IST: Powerplay 3 has been signaled! 5 fielders can be placed outside the ring now.

19.35 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Shoaib Malik, no run. That would have been really close if there was a direct hit! Error in judgement from Malik. Full ball around off, Malik taps it towards point and takes off but he is sent back by his partner. He takes time to turn back as the best Indian fielder, Jadeja fires in a throw at the striker's end but misses. Replays show that if Ravindra had hit the bull's eye, Shoaib was a goner.

19.32 IST: Asif Ali is the new man in. He is known for his big hitting and Pakistan would love for him to play a good cameo here.

19.31 IST: OUT! Kuldeep removes Sarfraz for 44 runs. Ahmed holes out! The threatening 107-run stand from 138 balls has been broken. India will breath a sigh of relief. This one tossed up on a fullish length around off, Ahmed in an attempt to go over covers goes for a full blooded uppish drive but fails to get the desired elevation. Rohit Sharma at extra cover leaps and pouches it safely. Not what Pakistan would have wanted. Powerplay 3 is coming up and this wicket can take a toll on them. Pakistan 165/4 in 38.5 overs against India in Dubai.

19.25 IST: SIX! In the arc, out of the park! Malik is one of the best in the business when it comes to going over the top. Reads the bowler's mind so quickly. It is tossed up on off, Malik puts his dancing shoes on and tonks it way into the long off stands. PAK 155/3 in 37.1 overs.

19.24 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Shoaib Malik, 1 run. The fourth wrong one of the over. It is short in length so Shoaib has ample time to turn it around the corner for a single.  PAK 149/3 in 37 overs.

19.21 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to bowl again.

19.16 IST: Two new balls or one new ball? Mahela Jayawardene ponders on air... The Sri Lankan maestro observes that these days, fast bowlers struggle to pick up wickets during the death. Why? Because there is a lack of reverse swing. What is the reason for that? Because there are two new balls being used which means the ball will need to last for only 25 overs. In the earlier scenarios, especially in the late 90s and early 2000s, there used to be only one ball, which meant when it got old, around the 35th-40th over, it used to induce reverse swing prodigiously. But, because it used to get discoloured, ICC brought this new rule. What could be done to get reverse swing back into the game? As for now, Pakistan are back in this one thanks to this partnership. This pair needs to bat longer though... at least for another 10 overs.

19.12 IST: FIFTY! Shoaib Malik hits 43rd ODI half-century off 64 balls. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Shoaib Malik, 1 run. Back-to-back fifties for him. He has in rich vein of form and he is capitalizing on the opportunity. This has come in a crunch game as well. Straighter line from Bhuvi. Malik moves inside the line and tucks it around the corner for a single. Raises his bat towards the crowd and gets a warm round of applause. Can he convert it into a big one? Pakistan will certainly desire so.  Pakistan 141/3 in 34.5 overs against India in Dubai.

India Tv - Shoaib Malik

Shoaib Malik scores his 43rd half-century

19.06 IST: Just two runs from the over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Shoaib Malik, no run. Too straight this time, pushed off the front foot towards mid on. PAK 134/3 in 33 overs.

18.57 IST: FOUR! This time Jadhav is guilty of bowling too short and gets the treatment. Short and outside off, there is space to work with and Malik cuts it with the spin past backward point for a boundary. 12 from the over, a very good one for Pakistan. PAK 128/3 in 31 overs.

18.56 IST: FOUR! He finds the gap. Drilled! Hit with a lot of authority. Loopy full ball around off, Sarfraz clears his front leg and nails the drive through covers to find the fence.

18.53 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Sarfraz Ahmed, no run. On a flatter trajectory, cut away with the spin to point. Another frugal over, only 3 from it. PAK 116/3 in 30 runs.

18.47 IST: SIX! Clean as a whistle! Executed that with so much precision. Tossed up ball on middle and leg, Malik kneels and slog sweeps it against the spin in front of square leg. It is going, going and sails deep into the stands. PAK 107/3 in 27.5 overs.

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18.38 IST: Kuldeep Yadav to Shoaib Malik, no run. Tosses it up on middle, Malik defends it solidly. Just a couple from the over and the partnership between the two is 34.

18.35 IST: FOUR! Poor ball and put away! Very short outside off, Malik says thank you so much, he guides it past backward point and there is no stopping those. PAK 89/3 in 23.5 overs.

18.30 IST: FOUR! A boundary to conclude the over. Nice way to end the over! Nothing wrong with this delivery to be honest but a very clever shot there from Sarfraz. He is known to be street smart and he has shown us why there. He steps down the track, plants his front foot across and flicks it over mid-wicket. No fielder in the deep and the ball races away. 7 from the over.  PAK 82/3 in 22 overs.

18.22 IST: FOUR! Much-needed one! That was deft from Malik. He waits for it, it is short and outside off. Malik guides it late through backward point and the ball races away.

18.16 IST: Ravindra Jadeja to Shoaib Malik, 1 run. Strokes it down to long off and gets to the other end. PAK 64/3 in 18 overs.

18.09 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is back on.

18.07 IST: Shoaib Malik is the new man in.

18.06 IST: OUT! Babar Azam run out for 9 runs. Confusion and Azam has faced the damage! This is a big, big wicket for the Men in Blue. Quicker through the air on off, Ahmed taps it towards cover-point and takes off. Azam responds to his call but seeing Chahal attack the ball, the Pakistan skipper sends him back. Babar is already halfway down the track and has to turn back. Yuzvendra picks up the ball and throws it back to Jadeja who takes the bails off as Azam seems to be struggling. It is referred upstairs. Well, they find the batsman to be well short of where he needed to be. This is a brilliant passage of play for India.  Pakistan 58/3 in 15.5 overs against India in Dubai.

18.04 IST: Trouble, trouble, trouble... Seems like Babar Azam is run out. The Indians are already celebrating.

18.01 IST: Sarfraz Ahmed strides out to bat. The Pakistan skipper has promoted himself to No. 4. Can he rise to the occasion?

18.00 IST: OUT! Kuldeep removes Fakhar Zaman for 31 runs. Plumb in front! Kuldeep gets his revenge and he is delighted. One shot too many there by Zaman, having got a boundary on the last ball not sure if this was needed. He walks back just as his innings was starting to flourish. He goes for the sweep again but the ball is too full to play it. He also slips in the process and misses the ball. It hits him on the pads, even before the bowler appeals the umpire raises his finger. Zaman walks upto his partner and has a chat but then starts walking off. Now then, replays show that the ball might have kissed the gloves before hitting the pads. Wonder why Zaman did not review there. He would have surely known if that had hit his glove or no. Nevertheless, India will celebrate as they now have both the openers back in the hut. Pakistan 55/2 in 14.3 overs against India in Dubai.

17.58 IST: FOUR! He favors the mid-wicket area and he favors the slog sweep shot against Kuldeep. Once again it is a tossed up delivery and Zaman slog sweeps it over mid-wicket and into the fence.

17.57 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal to Fakhar Zaman, 2 runs. A couple to end another good over for Pakistan! This is on the pads, Zaman with the turn flicks it through short fine leg. Some good running helps the batsmen take two. 50 up for Pakistan in 14 overs.

17.54 IST: Fakhar Zaman NOT OUT! Azam has made it with ease! Zaman does the right thing, after a maximum, he taps this with soft hands towards covers, looking for a run. The batsmen set off. Jadeja there, gets to the ball quickly and hits bull's eye at the keeper's end with an under arm throw. The players appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. Time for the replays and it shows Azam has his bat inside the crease.

17.52 IST: Another direct hit! Azam is the man in question but no excitement seen on the Indian faces.

17.50 IST: SIX! BANG! Enough of knocking it around says Zaman. This should get him going now. Trademark Zaman this. He goes down on one knee and sends this ball into the mid-wicket stand.

17.44 IST: Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring till the 40th over. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav to roll his arm over now.

17.37 IST: Babar Azam comes out to bat. This is his 50th ODI and the talented youngster would be eager to put in an impressive show.

17.36 IST: OUT! Chahal removes Imam-ul-Haq for 10. Excellent use of the review there by India and the change in bowling has worked wonders. Chahal strikes of the last delivery of his first over. Imam-ul-Haq has to take the long walk back, cheaply. Credit though has to be given to Dhoni here, he wanted the review to be taken and it turned out to the be the right move. Chahal tosses this up around middle and off, it pitches and turns back in. Imam lunges forward to defend, his bat hits the pad first due to which he fails to put bat on ball. It pings his front pad. The players appeal, Chahal is pleading but the umpire shakes his head. Dhoni gives Rohit the nod and the Indian skipper goes for the review.  Pakistan 24/1 in 8 overs against India in Dubai.

17.30 IST: Yuzvendra Chahal is into the attack. An early change by India, maybe because the pacers did seem that effective.

17.24 IST: FOUR! How delightful is it to watch a left hander play a ball through the off side! Yes, it was a half-volley but it still has to be put away. A man in-form will not miss out. He lunges and drives it square through the off side and the ball races away.  PAK 20/0 in 5.4 overs.

17.20 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Fakhar Zaman, A single to end! This is exactly what he needs to do, nudge it around and run singles. He pushes this with soft hands towards mid off and takes a run. The fielder does have a shy but misses.

17.15 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Imam-ul-Haq, no run. CUT HIM INTO HALF! A jaffa to end! On a length again around off, this one pitches and jags back in. Imam is cut into half as he tries to keep it out. Dhoni behind the stumps collects it with a dive.

17.10 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to Fakhar Zaman, no run. Yes, he can! Excellent line and length from the pacer. A good over to follow-up Kumar's poor first. On a length again around off, Zaman punches it to covers.

17.06 IST: Jasprit Bumrah to bowl with the second new ball from the other end.

17.04 IST: FOUR LEG BYES! Kumar has not got it right here. It is on the pads, Zaman fails to flick, the ball brushes the pads and goes down to fine leg and crosses the fence.

17.03 IST: Fakhar Zaman NOT OUT! Zaman is well in. Imam works this round the corner on the leg side and goes for a run. Zaman is a touch late to respond. Chahal at square leg, runs towards the ball, picks it up and scores a direct hit at the striker's end. The players appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show that Zaman is in.

17.02 IST: Action straightaway! A direct hit and it has been taken upstairs. Fakhar Zaman is the man in question. He seems relaxed though. However, you are never sure with direct hits.

17.00 IST: Done and dusted with the national anthems and now we are all set for the game to begin. Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq the Pakistan openers, make their way out. The latter will be on strike and he will be facing Bhuvneshwar Kumar who will bowl with the first new ball.

16.55 IST: The players have made their way out for their respective national anthems.

16.50 IST: Pitch Report

Sunil Gavaskar says it is very hot. Reckons the pitch might just open up as the game progresses and the spinners might come into play. Ends by saying the wicket however, should favor the batsmen as it looks like a flat one.

16.45 IST: Playing XIs

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

Pakistan: Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (WK/C), Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi

16.40 IST: Captain's Corner

Rohit Sharma: If we continue to bowl the way we have, and today will be no different. If we can repeat the feats of the last two games, I'll be a happy captain. I don't think about stats when I play. It's important for me to get my team off to a good start. It is important to not lose early wickets, and if the runs come for me then that is in the best interest of the team. I'm happy with the wristspinners. They're still learning, and they know what is expected of them. It is important to come out with some good tactical nous when the batsmen go after them. Sometimes the opposition has to be appreciated for the way they play Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. We're going in with the same team today.

Sarfraz Ahmed: We would like to bat. Looks like a flat wicket so we would like to put a good score on the board today. Amir will play today, and Fakhar has been asked to dig in there. Shadab is in for Haris and Amir is in for Usman Shenwari


16.00 IST: We're half an hour away from the toss and a piece of information has come by, Mohammed Amir is expected to play in Pakistan's Playing XI.

15.40 IST: There have been some thrilling clashes over the years and the chapters between the two rivals are still being scripted. Let's take a look at the most successful captains to lead the way for their respective teams. 

READ: From Imran Khan to MS Dhoni, 4 most successful captains over the years

15.25 IST: The boys are all set as they head to the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.

15.10 IST: Before the match commences, here's a prediction of today's clash between India and Pakistan from one of our experts and the probable Playing XIs. 

READ: Match Prediction and Probable Playing XI of India and Pakistan

15.05 IST: What a day to celebrate a Birthday!!


Hello and welcome to our live coverage of today's match between arch-rivals, India vs Pakistan. The TOSS will take place at 4.30 PM IST and the match would commence from 5.00 PM IST.

IND vs PAK Brief Preview: Favourites India have no grounds for complacency as they wait to see 'which' Pakistan turns up in the Asia Cup here Sunday, well aware of the unpredictable arch-rivals' penchant for surprising not just opponents but themselves, too. India are eyeing a place in the final after three wins in as many matches, while Pakistan will look to step up their game in the Super Four match, after a scare against Afghanistan. India walloped Pakistan by eight wickets in the group game three days ago but if history is any indication, the Men in Blue will take their traditional rivals lightly at their own peril. (Read Full Preview Here)


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