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23:58   Rohit, Dhawan hit tons as India crush Pakistan


India 238-1 (39.3 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Centuries from openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan helped India crush Pakistan by nine wickets in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup in Dubai on Sunday.

Dhawan smashed 114 from 100 balls, while Rohit stroked an unbeaten 111 from 119 balls as India cruised to 238 for one in 39.3 overs, to win with 63 balls to spare.

Earlier, India's bowlers put in a disciplined performance to restrict Pakistan to 237 for seven after they had elected to bat.

Dhawan and Rohit destroyed the Pakistan bowling attack as the duo put on 210 runs for the opening wicket as India continued their unbeaten run in the Asia Cup.
23:54   Rohit, Dhawan hit tons as India crush Pakistan


India 238-1 (39.3 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Pacer Hasan back into the attack. Rohit happy to take singles and not rush towards his century while Rayudu guides the last ball fine on the off-side for a four.

Rohit clips Malik on the leg side for two runs to bring up his century from 106 balls, his 19th in ODIs.

India are 221 for one in 36 overs, needing another 17 runs for victory.

Hasan tries a slower ball as Rohit tries to heave it over the leg side but can't proper connection as the fielder at midwicket misfields to give away a single.

A short ball to Rayudu which he pulls to fine leg for one before Rohit swings the next ball over midwicket for a six.

India in no rush as Rayudu drives the first ball from Malik down to long-off for one and Rohit does the same two balls later for the same result.

Rayudu pulls Hasan through midwicket for two runs and then takes one before Rohit picks a single off the fifth ball to thirdman.

A single to Rohit level scores before Rayudu takes a single to take India to victory.

23:36   Dhawan out for 114 but India set for victory


India 211-1 (34 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Some joy for Pakistan as the rampaging Dhawan is finally dismissed. He is run out after an entertaining innings of 114 from 100 balls, having hit 16 fours and two sixes.

Dhawan and Rohit put India in control as the duo put on 210 for the opening wicket from 33.3 balls, with Rohit hitting 95.

Rohit takes one off the next ball before birthday boy Ambati Rayudu blocks the last two balls from Malik.
23:26   Dhawan slams 95-ball century; India set for win


India 208-0 (33 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Part-time spinner Shoaib Malik comes into the attack. Rohit turns the first ball on the leg side for one and Dhawan drives the third ball to long-off for a single to take his score to 99.

A single to Rohit off the last ball as Malik gives away just three runs in his first over.

In the next over, Rohit steers Afridi to thirdman for one to bring up his 7000 runs in ODIs.

Dhawan punches the second ball through the covers for a four to bring up his century in grand style, his 15th in ODIs, off 95 balls.

Two balls later, he despatches the fast bowler high into the stands over midwicket for a huge six as India race past the 200-run mark, in the 32nd over.

Dhawan has cut loose, trying to race to victory as he hammers the last ball straight down the ground, beating the fielder at mid-off.

15 runs from the Afridi over as India reach 208 for no loss in 33 overs, needing another 30 runs for victory.

Rohit looks set for a century as well, having stroked his way to 94 from 99 balls.
23:18   Dhawan, Rohit dominate; India set for easy win


India 190-0 (31 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Dhawan rocks back and slaps a short ball from Nawaz through the covers for a four, followed by three singles as India continue to cruise towards victory.

The spinners have been poor for Pakistan in the middle overs. Rohit gently drives a full toss down the long-on for a single. The next ball is short as Dhawan cuts it through point for a four to race into the 90s.

This is into a no-contest as India race to 179 for no loss in 30 overs, with another 59 needed for victory in 20 overs at under three per over.

Left-arm pacer Afridi comes back into the attack. The second ball is on the pads which Rohit clips fine for two runs and then pulls the next ball behind square on the leg side for a four as he also takes his score into the 90s.

The last ball is short as Dhawan cuts it uppishly over point for a boundary as he closes in on his century to get 11 from the over.
23:05   Dhawan, Rohit hit 50s; India set for easy win


India 164-0 (28 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Shadab bowls a full toss as Rohit clips it to midwicket for a single but Zaman sends a wild throw to the bowler to give away an overthrow.

The next ball is a half-track as Rohit pulls it over midwicket for a six.

Shadab then beats Rohit with a full delivery which turns away slightly to beat the bat.

Rohit looking to turn it on as he sweeps Shadab over short fine leg for two runs.

The last ball is a wide half-volley as Rohit drills it through the covers for a four. 14 runs from the over India go past the 150-run mark, in the 26th over.

Left-arm spinner Nawaz comes back into the attack. Dhawan steps down but can only punch it down to long-off for one.

Nawaz tries the quicker delivery but it slips down the leg side as Rohit sweeps past short fine leg for a four.

In the next over, Rohit takes full toll of a short ball from Shadab, pulling it over midwicket for a six as he takes his score into the 80s.

He pulls the next ball, hitting it straight to Zaman at midwicket who puts down the catch.

Rohit has enjoyed two lifelines courtesy of Pakistan's sloppy fielding. He was earlier dropped on 14 and now on 81.
22:54   Dhawan, Rohit hit 50s; India in control


India 138-0 (25 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

A good over from Hasan, who deceives Dhawan with the change of pace, bowling five dot balls in a row to the left-hander as he concedes just a single in the over.

Rohit steers Amit through point for two runs and then takes one on the leg side.

Dhawan drives Amir through the off-side for a couple before he pulls a short ball behind square on the leg side for a six.

In the next over, he repeats the shot but this time along the ground as he pulls Hasan for a four to get seven from the over.

At the halfway stage, India are sitting in control on 138 for no loss in 25 overs, needing another 100 runs for victory.

Dhawan has smashed his way to 80 from 78 balls, having hit 11 fours and a six, while Rohit has made 57 from 72 balls.
22:40   Dhawan, Rohit hit 50s; India in control


India 119-0 (22 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Rohit punches Hasan through the covers for two runs before the India captain attempts a huge heave to a wide delivery but is beaten by the change of pace.

He sensibly runs the last ball down the thirdman for a single to keep strike.

Amir comes back and he also makes the mistake of bowling short to Dhawan. The left-hander pulls it comfortably off the front foot through midwicket for a four, his 10th of the innings, to race to 66 from 64 balls.

Amir drops short again and this time Dhawan bails out of the pull shot after realising the change in pace before he takes a quick single to mid-on.

Rohit clips the fifth ball with soft hands to deep square leg for two runs to complete his fifty from 65 balls.

The last ball is sweetly timed through the covers for one as India reach 119 for no loss in 22 overs.
22:33   Dhawan hits 50; India in control vs Pak


India 107-0 (20 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Pacer Hasan comes back into the attack but no stopping Dhawan's attack. The left-hander pulls a short ball through midwicket for a four as the opener continues to stamp his authority.

Sensibly, the ball is tapped on the leg side for a single and Rohit does the same two balls later.

Dhoni keeps strike with one from the last ball to thirdman to get eight from the over.

In the next over, Dhawan turns Shadab on the leg side to raise the 100-run stand, in the 20th over.

A single to Rohit before Dhawan comes down and hammers the spinner straight down the ground for a four followed by two singles as India race to 107 for no loss in 20 overs.
22:21   Dhawan hits 50; India in control vs Pak


India 91-0 (18 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Rohit tries to paddle Shadab but can't beat the fielder at short fine before he takes one into the covers.

Dhawan shuffles across and sweeps the last ball square on the leg side for a four despite a diving effort from Afridi on the boundary.

Dhawan races to his fifty from 56 balls, having hit four fours and a six.
22:16   Rohit, Dhawan give India a good start


India 85-0 (17 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Pakistan need wickets to make a comeback in the contest but captain Sarfraz content to go on the defensive, with a well spread out field and no fielders in catching position.

The singles are coming quite easily for India as they milk Shadab for three easy runs in the 14th over.

Nawaz gets Rohit to edge one as the ball turns slightly but it goes through the vacant slip region for a couple.

Immediately a fielder is brought into the slips but Rohit picks one to long-off and Dhawan collects a quick run on the off-side.

Rohit then drives Nawaz to long-on for one for five from the over.

India sitting in control on 72 for no loss in 15 overs, with Dhawan on 43 and Rohit on 28.

Lot of gaps in the field and no pressure of the asking rate, which is under five, as the two openers collect three from Shadab's third over.

Six overs without a boundary before Rohit sweeps Nawaz past short fine leg for a four. He taps the next ball into the covers and picks up an easy run.

Dhawan chips down the track but has to adjust as he blocks before he drives the left-arm spinner down to long-on for one.

The last ball is short and wide as Rohit cuts it past point for a four to take the score to 85 for no loss in 17 overs.
22:05   Rohit, Dhawan give India a good start


India 64-0 (13 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Amir comes back into the attack but no stopping Dhawan as he slaps a half-volley straight down the ground for a four. He repeats the shot off the last ball for the same result as India go past the 50-run mark, in the 10th over.

The field spreads around as India's openers are able to collect four easy singles off Nawaz's second over.

Spin from both ends as Shadab Khan comes into the attack from the other end.

A single each to Dhawan and Rohit before the former slaps it through the covers for two runs.

Two singles off Nawaz's third over as India reach 64 for no loss in 13 overs, with Rohit on 22 and Dhawan on 41.
21:45   India off to a good start after Pak post 237


India 43-0 (8 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Rohit looking in the mood. Another short ball from Afridi is pulled over square leg for a six.

The bowler nearly gets revenge as Rohit is completely deceived by a slower ball but Imam at cover puts down a simple catch.

DROPPED! Rohit, on 14, gets a lifeline. How costly will that prove for Pakistan?

Dhawan looking in superb touch too! Some width from Hasan who tries to slant the ball across as Dhawan punches it past point for a four. Two balls later, he goes for the drive but gets a thick outside edge for another boundary.

Dhawan takes a single off the next as he races to 24 from 19 balls.

Rohit not wanting the young Afridi to settle as he hammers the young pacer over the covers for a four as soon as he gets some width.

India have raced to 43 for no loss in eight overs, with the target already under 200.
21:32   India off to a good start after Pak post 237


India 23-0 (5 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Dhawan shuffles across and clips a full delivery from Amir through midwicket for two runs.

Three balls later, he slaps a half-volley through the covers for a boundary, the first of the Indian innings and keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Dhawan looking in good touch right from the start. Afridi bowls on the stumps as Dhawan clips it through the leg side for a four before he cracks the fifth ball through the covers where Imam does well to stop the boundary.

Change in the bowling as Amir is taken off after bowling two overs for 13 runs and Hasan Ali comes into the attack.

He makes the mistake of dropping short on this slow track as Rohit has enough time to rock back and pull it over square leg for a four before taking one from the fifth ball.

India off to a good start as they reach 23 for no loss in five overs.
21:19   India's bowlers limit Pakistan to 237


India 7-0 (2 ovs) vs Pak 237-7 | Scorecard

Captain Rohit Sharma walks out to open the batting with Shikhar Dhawan, while Mohammad Amir will open the bowling.

Rohit defends the first ball before he guides the next ball past point for two runs to get off the mark.

Another block for Rohit before he takes one and Dhawan clips the fifth ball square on the leg side for three runs as six runs come from the first over.

Left-arm pacer Shaheen Afridi from the other end. Dhawan picks a single from the first ball before Rohit digs out a yorker but he is beaten off the next as the ball moves away enough.

A watchful Rohit defends the rest of the over as Afridi makes a good start.
20:28   India's bowlers limit Pakistan to 237


Pak 237-7 (50 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

India's bowlers put in a disciplined performance to restrict Pakistan to 237 for seven in the Super Four match of the Asia Cup in Dubai on Sunday.

Shoaib Malik top scored with 78, while Sarfraz Ahmed made 44 but Pakistan were never able to get going after they had elected to bat.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah shone with the ball as he claimed two for 29 in 10 overs, while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav also picked up two wickets each.
20:26   India's bowlers limit Pakistan to 237


Pak 237-7 (50 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar, who was hit for 22 runs in his previous over, comes back. He does well to start with a yorker which Nawaz digs out for just one and Shadab also gets a yorker which he can only block for a single.

A low full toss is hit down to long-off for one before Bhuvi bowls a wide down the leg side.

Bhuvneshwar sticks to a good length and ends up giving away just three singles from the last three balls, to give away just seven in the penultimate over.

Bumrah to bowl the final over. As expected the first ball is a yorker as Shadab gets an inside edge for a single on the leg side and Nawaz also manages one from the next.

Bumrah strikes with the third ball as Shadab inside edges the full delivery on to the stumps off his pads to be bowled for 10.

Just three singles off the last three balls as Pakistan finish on 237 for seven in their 50 overs.
20:18   Chahal strikes again; Pak 6 down


Pak 225-6 (48 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Chahal comes back as Asif Ali goes for the reverse sweep and gets a top edge but the fielder at short thirdman is unable to get to the catch as the batsmen steal three runs.

Chahal gets his man a few deliveries later as Asif looks to heave it over midwicket but fails to make connection and is bowled for 30.

Bumrah continues as Shadab gets an inside edge on to his pads for a single before Mohammad Nawaz takes one from the next.

Bumrah keeps things tight with four dot balls in a row to Shadab who can't find the gap through the off-side as just two runs come from the 46th over.

Nawaz gets the all-important boundary for Pakistan as he clobbers Chahal for a four through the off-side to get eight from the over.

No taking Bumrah for runs even in the death as he concedes just four singles in his penultimate over, the 48th over of the innings.
19:56   Malik falls for 78; Pakistan 5 down


Pak 205-5 (44 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Kuldeep to bowl his final over. Ali takes one from the first ball before Malik turns the next on the leg side for two runs followed by one.

Kuldeep gives one generous flight as Ali goes for the big hit but is beaten and then takes a single on the leg side and Malik picks a single from the last ball.

India's death overs specialist Bumrah comes back into the attack in place of Bhuvneshwar, who was hit for 22 runs in his previous over.

He makes the breakthrough with the key wicket of Malik, who is caught down the leg side by Dhoni.

The veteran batsman rallied Pakistan after a couple of early wickets with his gritty innings of 78 from 90 balls.

But India have struck at a crucial juncture and would be looking to keep Pakistan under check in the final few overs.
19:46   Sarfraz out for 44; Pakistan 4 down


Pak 193-4 (42 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar comes back as Malik takes one and Asif Ali also picks a single before Jadeja misses a run out possibility, followed by two more singles.

Pakistan are 169 for four in 40 overs, with Malik looking good on 67.

Kuleep continues his good showing with the ball, as he concedes just two singles in his ninth over.

Pakistan look to break free as they go after Bhuvneshwar. Malik lofts the first ball over mid-on for a four and he takes a single from the next.

Ali shows his hitting prowess as he hammers Bhuvi back over his head for a six. The pacer drops short as Ali cuts the fourth ball past point for a four.

No stopping Ali as he hammers the length ball from Bhuvneshwar over midwicket for another six. He takes a risky single from the last ball as Jadeja again misses the direct hit from point.

22 runs from the Bhuvneshwar over as Pakistan finally look to get after the Indian bowlers, going into the final overs.
19:34   Sarfraz out for 44; Pakistan 4 down


Pak 165-4 (39 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja resumes after the drinks break. Malik takes a single from the first ball before Sarfraz drives the next through the covers for two runs and then takes one before his partner takes one to get five from the over.

Kuldeep comes back from the other end and he does well to give away just three runs from his seventh over.

Malik breaks the shackles as he gives Jadeja the charge and lofts him straight back over his head for a six followed by a single.

Sarfraz takes a couple from the third ball before taking one and Malik keeps strike with a single from the last ball as Jadeja goes for 11 in his ninth over.

Kuldeep continues as Malik pulls the first ball to deep square leg for two runs as Jadhav's throw is a bit weak, taking time to reach the keeper.

Two balls later, he taps Kuldeep on the off-side and takes a quick single.

Kuldeep drops short as Sarfraz steers it past point for two runs before the spinner makes the breakthrough.

The Pakistan captain hits it straight to Rohit in the covers to perish for 44. He went for the inside out lofted shot but fails to get enough elevation as India break the partnership.
19:13   Malik hits fifty to rally Pakistan


Pak 141-3 (35 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja, who went for 30 runs in six overs in his first spell, comes back. Two singles from five balls before Sarfraz makes room and slashes the last ball through the off-side for just two runs.

Malik tucks Bhuvneshwar on the leg side for a single to bring up his fifty, from 64 balls.

But it is another good over from pacer Bhuvi, giving away just three, he has conceded just 13 runs from his six overs so far.
19:08   Malik, Sarfraz steady Pakistan


Pak 134-3 (33 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The singles are coming at a regular rate now as Pakistan keep the scoreboard ticking at a good rate.

Jadhav is easily milked for five singles in his second over and Chahal gives away just three in the next as Pakistan reach 116 for three in 30 overs.

Jadhav not making an impact with the ball as Pakistan's batsmen continue to grow in confidence. Three singles from three balls before Sarfraz crashes a wide half-volley through the covers for a four.

Two balls later, he drops short as Malik cuts it past point for another boundary to get 12 runs from the over.

Chahal overpitches as Malik slaps it square on the off-side for a couple and then takes a single from the last ball.

India are desperate to make a breakthrough as Bhuvneshwar comes back into the attack. Malik defends the first two balls before taking a single off the third ball. Sarfraz throws his bat at a wide delivery but Jadeja does well with a dive to his left to save some runs, followed by another two dot balls.
18:49   Malik, Sarfraz steady Pakistan


Pak 108-3 (28 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Jadeja has been a bit expensive, giving away 30 runs in his six overs, bowling quite a few loose deliveries in between.

India make a change as part-timer Kedar Jadhav comes into the attack. He had made the difference with the ball in the previous match against Pakistan, taking three for 23 in nine overs.

He makes a tidy start as he goes for only three runs in his opening over.

Another bowling change as Jadeja makes way for Yuzvendra Chahal, who took one for 16 in four overs in his first spell.

Two singles from the first two balls followed by three dot balls before Malik releases the pressure by slog sweeping the fifth ball over square leg for a six.

A single from the last ball helps the duo raise the 50-run stand for the fourth wicket from 73 balls.
18:41   Pakistan struggle after early wickets


Pak 92-3 (25 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Kuldeep comes back into the attack, taking over from Bumrah. Malik and Sarfraz pick four singles from the left-arm spinner's fourth over.

In the next over, Sarfraz comes down the track and clips Jadeja through midwicket for a four to get seven from the over.

But Sarfraz misses out on a freebie as he pulls a short ball from Kuldeep straight to Jadeja at short midwicket. The young spinner bowls a tight over as Sarfraz can only defend the remaining deliveries as just a single comes from it.

Sarfraz plays the risky sweep against Jadeja, who fires it in and just about manages to get some bat on it for a single.

Jadeja then drops short as Malik has enough time to rock back through point for a four and retains strike with a single from the last ball.

Another tidy over from Kuldeep, who gives away two runs, as Pakistan struggle to 92 for three in in 25 overs at the halfway mark, with Malik on 21 and Sarfraz on 15.
18:30   Pakistan struggle after early wickets


Pak 71-3 (20 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Pakistan's most experienced duo of Shoaib Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed have their task cut in the middle overs. Pakistan will need a big partnership at a good strike rate to bail them out of this current mess.

India going in for the kill as they bring back their premier fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah back into the attack.

Shoaib Malik clips the first ball to deep square leg for a single to get off the mark and Sarfraz turns the fourth ball to fine leg for one and Sarfraz takes another single to get just two runs from the over.

Jadeja rushes through his second over, giving away just four singles and Bumrah further builds the pressure, giving away just a single in his sixth over.

Malik breaks the shackles as he cuts a short ball from Jadeja for a four to take the score to 71 for three in 20 overs.
18:08   Azam run out for 9; Pakistan in trouble


Pak 58-3 (16 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Left-arm spin from both ends as Ravindra Jadeja replaces Chahal, who bowled a good first spell of one for 16 in four overs.

Captain Sarfraz Ahmed picks a single off the third ball before Azam drives the next ball to sweeper for one.

Pakistan lose another wicket in their quest for another quick single. Sarfraz taps the ball to point as Azam comes charging down before he is sent halfway down. Chahal throws in a good flat return back to the bowler Jadeja, who breaks the stumps in a flash to effect the run out.

Azam is run out for nine as Pakistan slip to 58 for three, in the 16th over.
18:02   Zaman falls for 31; Pakistan 2 down


Pak 56-2 (15 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Spin from both ends as Kuldeep Yadav comes into the attack. He also continues to keep things tight, giving away just three singles in his first over.

Pakistan have struggled at the start, scoring at well under three runs per over. They will need someone to take on the bowlers and get some boundaries in the next few overs to boost the scoring rate.

Chahal bowls another tidy over, conceding just four singles.

The pressure builds before Zaman breaks the shackles as he slog sweeps Kuldeep over midwicket for a six. He takes a quick single from the next ball as Azam makes his crease despite the direct hit from Jadeja in the covers.

Kuldeep then bowls a wide down the leg side followed by three dot balls as nine runs come from the over.

Pakistan slowly but steadily looking to build the tempo. Chahal goes for six runs in his fourth over as Pakistan bring up their 50, in the 14th over.

Zaman looking to break free as he swings Kuldeep over midwicket for a four. However, the spinner gets revenge next ball with the wicket of Zaman, who is trapped leg before wicket for 31.

The left-hander comes down to sweep but loses his balance and is struck right in front of the stumps. Infact, he has a chat with his partner Azam but decides against the review and replays show that the ball had struck Zaman's gloves before it hit his pads.
17:44   Chahal strikes; Pakistan lose 1st wicket


Pak 28-1 (10 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Change of ends for Bumrah, who takes over from Bhuvneshwar, who bowled a tight first spell of four overs for eight runs.

Zaman again gets the ball off the toe end trying to play the drive for a single to mid-off.

Babar Azam gets a thick inside edge back on to his pads as he tries to drive it through the off-side.

Two balls later, he throws his bat a wide delivery only to miss it as Bumrah concedes just a single in his fourth over.

Zaman content to play cautiously as he drives Chahal to long-on for a single and Azam off-drives the fifth ball through the covers for a single to get off the mark.

Zaman plays the sweep off the last ball as he is hit on the gloves with the ball just going past the fielder at leg slip.

Just three runs from the over as Pakistan reach 28 for one in 10 overs, with Zaman on 12 and Azam on one.
17:37   Chahal strikes; Pakistan lose 1st wicket


Pak 24-1 (8 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Spin introduced early as leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal comes into the attack. The second ball is a googly as Zaman looks to defend but gets an edge which goes past the slips for a couple of runs. He turns the fourth ball to short fine leg for a single.

Imam is struck on the pads as he tries to defend but plays down the wrong line. India appeal for leg before wicket but the call is turned down before they take the DRS.

And it turns out to be a very good review only after insistence from Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who asked captain Rohit Sharma to have another look. The ball has pitched on line and going on to hit the stumps as Imam is dismissed leg before wicket for 10.

Pakistan are reduced to 24 for one in eight overs with Zaman nine from 28 balls.
17:31   Pakistan off to a slow start vs India


Pak 21-0 (7 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Zaman not getting his timing right as he plays another three dot balls in a row against Bhuvneshwar. He then looks to force it through the off-side but gets a thick outside edge for two runs to thirdman and keeps strike with a single from the last ball.

Zaman dealing in singles at the moment as he picks another run to mid-off.

Bumrah then overpitches and also offers some width as Imam flays it through point for a four.

India doing well to keep Zaman quiet with balls pitched on the middle and leg stump. Zaman looks to turn Bhuvneshwar on the leg side but misses as he plays another couple of dot balls before taking one to mid-off.

Imam looks to run the pacer down to thirdman and is beaten as Bhuvneshwar concedes just a single off his fourth over.

The two pacers have kept Pakistan's openers quiet as they reach 21 for no loss in seven overs.
17:17   Pakistan off to a slow start vs India


Pak 12-0 (4 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

Bhuvneshwar bowls a half-volley on the stumps as Imam plays the flick but fails to beat the fielder at square leg.

Bhuvi again drifts on the pads as Imam clips it to fine leg for a single. The next ball is wide and goes away as Zaman throws his bat but is beaten.

He drives the last ball which is full but again to the fielder at mid-off.

India's pacers have once again bowled as per plan to Zaman, who has managed just one run from 13 balls, with Pakistan scoring just eight runs from three overs.

In the next over, Bumrah bowls a beauty to Imam, as the short of good length delivery moves away and also carries at a good pace to Dhoni, who takes a tumble as he gathers it as he is surprised by the extra movement.

After nine dot balls in a row, Bumrah bowls a wide short ball which Imam cuts over point for a four, the first of the Pakistani innings, in the fourth over.

Bumrah then cuts in half with one that comes in sharply and goes in the gap between the bat and pad.
17:10   Pakistan elect to bat; India unchanged


Pak 7-0 (2 ovs) vs India | Scorecard

The two left-handers -- Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq -- walk out to open the batting for Pakistan.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will start off with the ball for India and he starts off with a wide down the leg side to Iman to get Pakistan off the mark.

He tucks the next ball to square leg and sets off for a quick single as Zaman makes his ground despite the direct hit from Yuzvendra Chahal.

Bhuvneshwar bowls a full wide delivery to Zaman, who resistant the temptation of going after it. The left-hander has been out of form in this tournament and would look to spend time in the middle before going for his shots.

Bhunveshwar again strays down the leg side as Zaman looks to glance it fine and misses but the ball clips the thigh pads and goes fine for four byes.

The last ball is drive on the up as the fielder in the cover half stops it to give away a single before Imam defends the last ball as seven comes from the first over.

Jasprit Bumrah from the other end. Zaman defends the first ball before he looks to pull the next but fails to make connection.

Bumrah bowls on a good line on the middle and off-stump to Zaman, who defends the rest of the over as the fast bowler starts off with a maiden.
16:40  
Check out the playing XI of the two teams:

India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (w/k), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain, w/k),  Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Afridi
16:35   Pakistan elect to bat; India unchanged
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has won the toss and elected to bat against India in Asia Cup Super Four match in Dubai on Sunday.

India retain the same team, which beat Bangladesh in their previous match, which means KL Rahul continues to be benched.

Pakistan have made a couple of changes as Mohammed Amir comes into the team and so does Shadab Khan.
16:03   Confident India start as favourites vs Pakistan
Welcome the coverage of the Super Four match between India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup in Dubai on Sunday.

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 will go into the encounter in a confident frame of mind after their eight-wicket victory against Pakistan in the group game three days ago. After being made to work hard by minnows Hong Kong in their tournament opener, India got their act together in the much-awaited group game against Pakistan and produced a clinical display to make short work of Sarfraz Ahmed's team.

Chasing a small target, India were hardly tested as a half-century from captain Rohit Sharma ensured that the team was home with as many as 21 overs to spare.

Even without their talismanic captain Virat Kohli, the Indian batting looked formidable and lived up to the billing by scoring freely on surfaces that are not really perfect for stroke-play.

Opening the innings, Rohit was at his fluent best against Pakistan and followed that up with another fine knock of 83 in the seven-wicket win over Bangladesh, more than making up for the failure against Hong Kong.

Rohit's opener partner, Shikhar Dhawan found himself amongst the runs after a torrid time in England's seaming conditions, scoring in all three matches, including a century against Hong Kong.

India will look to the pace duo of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah to make the initial breakthroughs and put Pakistan on the backfoot before the spinners are introduced.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav are the two mainline spinners, but it was part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav, who picked up the most number of wickets among the slow bowlers in the last game against Pakistan.

Coming back to the ODI side after more than a year, Ravindra Jadeja marked the occasion with a fine four-wicket haul against Bangladesh, and he seems hungry for more.

Opener Fakhar Zaman, who made a name for himself with a match-winning hundred against India in the final of Champions Trophy last year, flopped in their first game of the Asia Cup.

Fakhar will look to make amends and so will be the likes of batsmen Babar Azam, Sarfraz and Iman-ul-Haq.

Pakistan's another cause of concern is the form of their strike bowler Mohammad Aamir, who has not been among the wickets in recent time.

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