Another day, another fixture between the arch-rivals India-Pakistan in the span of four days, and the same result!
The Super Four fixture between India and Pakistan was almost reminiscent of the group stage match which was played on Wednesday, except for the fact, that this humiliation by the Men in Blue will be a hard pill to swallow for the neighbors of the subcontinent.
Many would've expected Pakistan to show some fight in the round two of their rivalry at the 2018 Asia Cup. The Men in Green showed some signs of it when Shoaib Mailk's composed innings steered Pakistan to 237/7, but all of that went to vain after Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan ripped apart the Pakistani bowlers to make the chase look like child's play.
Such was India's dominance that they got the job clinically done with little more than 10 overs to spare, and to make it sweeter, their nine-wicket victory becomes their biggest win over the arch-rivals Pakistan in ODIs.
Dhawan and Rohit were at their sublime best, unleashing one brilliant stroke after another, making it difficult to tell who stood out. The Indian opening pair toyed with the Pakistani batsmen, to make no-contest of a respectable target set by the opposition. In the process, the duo also strung together the highest opening stand against Pakistan and also bettered their previous partnership of 178.
While Dhawan and Rohit raced to their 15th and 19th tons respectively, Pakistan drew the curtains on their incredible partnership after the southpaw was run out for 114. But later, Rohit, who remained unbeaten on 111, was accompanied by birthday boy Amabati Rayudu, as they crossed the line and put one foot in the final.
Pakistan will be left ruing the three dropped catches, which could potentially been the turning point of the match. Poor fielding aside, the inconsistent and poor bowling too had undone all the hard work done by Shoaib Malik, on what seemed a respectable total to defend on a sluggish pitch.
While Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan may have hogged all the limelight, but the target wouldn't be so gettable if it hadn't been for Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuveshwar Kumar and Yuz Chahal. Pakistan found no answer to the trio's onslaught as they claimed two wickets each. The bowling attack performed brilliantly in the death overs, conceding 45 runs and a single boundary.