India coast to a eight-wicket win over Pakistan, reaching 164 for 2 in 29 overs. Captain Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan set up the foundation with a 86-run opening wicket partnership, before Ambati Rayudu (31) and Dinesh Kartik (31) completed the job. The two now clash for their Super Four clash in Dubai on September 23.
India's Dinesh Karthik plays a shot. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Pakistan 1st innings
Imam ul-Haq c MS Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2
Fakhar Zaman c Yuzvendra Chahal b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 0
Babar Azam b Kuldeep Yadav 47
Shoaib Malik Run Out Ambati Rayudu 43
Sarfraz Ahmed c (Sub) b Kedar Jadhav 6
Asif Ali c MS Dhoni b Kedar Jadhav 9
Shadab Khan st MS Dhoni b Kedar Jadhav 8
Faheem Ashraf c Shikhar Dhawan b Jasprit Bumrah 21
Mohammad Amir Not Out 18
Hasan Ali c Dinesh Karthik b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1
Usman Shinwari b Jasprit Bumrah 0
Extras 0b 6lb 1nb 0pen 0w 7
Total (43.1 overs) 162 all out
Fall of Wickets: 1-2 ul-Haq, 2-3 Zaman, 3-85 Azam, 4-96 Ahmed, 5-100 Malik, 6-110 Ali, 7-121 Khan, 8-158 Ashraf, 9-160 Ali, 10-162 Shinwari
Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk Econ Ex
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 7 1 15 3
Jasprit Bumrah 7.1 2 23 2
Hardik Pandya 4.5 0 24 0
Yuzvendra Chahal 7 0 34 0
Kuldeep Yadav 8 0 37 1
Ambati Rayudu 0.1 0 0 0
Kedar Jadhav 9 1 23 3
India 1st innings
Rohit Sharma b Shadab Khan 52
Shikhar Dhawan c Babar Azam b Faheem Ashraf 46
Ambati Rayudu Not Out 31
Dinesh Karthik Not Out 31
Extras 0b 0lb 2nb 0pen 2w 4
Total (29.0 overs) 164-2
Fall of Wickets: 1-86 Sharma, 2-104 Dhawan
Did Not Bat: Dhoni, Jadhav, Pandya, Kumar, Yadav, Chahal, Bumrah
Bowling Ov Md Rn Wk
Mohammad Amir 6 1 23 0
Usman Shinwari 4 0 27 0
Hasan Ali 4 0 33 0
Faheem Ashraf 5 0 31 1
Shadab Khan 1.3 0 6 1
Fakhar Zaman 6.3 0 25 0
Shoaib Malik 2 0 19 0
Man of the Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Umpires: Marais Erasmus and Ruchira Palliyaguruge
Match Referee: David Boon
Players greet each other after the match. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
India reach 153 for 2 in 28 overs as the match is headed for an early finish.
India reach 140 for 2 in 26 overs, Ambati Rayudu playing on 18 not out with Dinesh Karthik on 20 not out.
Shikar Dhawan falls for 46 off 54 deliveries, caught by Babar Azam off Faheem Ashraf. India are 106 for 2 in 17 overs.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma wows the crowd before getting bowled by a Shadab Khan beauty. His 52, off 39 deliveries, had six fours and three sixes. India is 92 for 1 at the end of 14th over.
Indian openers cross 50 unseparated after nine overs with Rohit Sharma on 52 and Shikhar Dhawan on 9 going great guns.
India's Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are seen in the middle during their 86 runs opening partnership. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma start the chase steadily, reach 17 for no loss in 6 overs.
Innings break: Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets apiece as Pakistan crumbled to 162 all out.
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3 for 15 while off-spinner Kedar Jadhav finished with 3 for 23 as Pakistan, who won the toss and batted, collapsed from 85 for 2 to be bowled out in 43.1 overs.
A packed crowd at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Imam-ul-Haq c Dhoni b Kumar 2
Fakhar Zaman c Chahal b Kumar 0
Babar Azam b Yadav 47
Shoaib Malik run out 43
Sarfraz Ahmed c sub (Pandey) b Jadhav 6
Asif Ali c Dhoni b Jadhav 9
Shadab Khan st Dhoni b Jadhav 8
Faheem Ashraf c Dhawan b Bumrah 21
Mohammad Amir not out 18
Hasan Ali c Karthik b Kumar 1
Usman Shinwari b Bumrah 0
Extras (lb6, nb1) 7
Total (all out; 43.1 overs) 162
Fall of wickets: 1-2 (Imam), 2-3 (Zaman), 3-85 (Azam), 4-96 (Sarfraz), 5-100 (Malik), 6-110 (Asif), 7-121 (Shadab), 8-158 (Ashraf), 9-160 (Hasan)
Bowling: Kumar 7-1-15-3, Bumrah 7.1-2-23-2, Pandya 4.5-0-24-0, Chahal 7-0-34-0, Yadav 8-0-37-1, Rayudu 0.1-0-0-0, Jadhav 9-1-23-3
India's Kedar Jadhav celebrating the wicket of Pakistan batsman Asif Ali. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Pakistan are 160 for 9 as Hasan Ali goes for 1, caught by Dinesh Karthik off BhuvneshwarKumar. They are unlikely to bat for full 50 overs.
Pakistan lose their 8th wicket, Faheem Ashraf is caught by Shikar Dhawan off Jasprit Bumrah for 21 in the 42nd over, reach 160 for 8.
Pakistan cross 150-mark with Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Amir stitching together a handy partnership, which lead Pakistan to 157 for 7 in 40 overs.
Pakistan lose their 7th wicket, Shadab Khan is stumped by Dhoni off Kedar Jadhav for 8, slip to 121 for 7 at the end of 33rd over.
An inept batting performance sees Pakistan slump to 121 for seven after 33 overs. Only Babar Azam (47) and Shoaib Malik (43) show some resistance as Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Yadav do most of the damage after Bhubaneswar Kumar's early breakthroughs.
India and Pakistan cricket fans cheer their teams. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Another wicket. Pakistan's Asif Ali departs, caught by Dhoni off Kedar Jadhav for 9. Pakistan is 110 for 6 now in 29 overs.
Pakistan is in big trouble, 5th wicket falls, Shoaib Malik is run out by Rayudu for 43. Reach 100 for 5 in 27 overs.
Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls a delivery. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Pakistan slip to 96 for4 as skipper Sarfraz Ahmed is caught by substitute fielder Manish Pandey off Kedar Jadhav for 6.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed walks back to pavilion after being dismissed for 6 runs by Kedar Jadhav. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Babar Azam falls for 47, clean bowled by Kuldeep Yadav for 47 runs. Pakistan is 83 for 3 in 22 overs.
India's Kuldeep Yadav and Rohit Sharma celebrate the dismissal of Pakistan batsman Babar Azam. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Hardik Pandya is stretchered off the field after sustaining a lower back injury. It happened in the 18th over of the Pakistan innings.
India's Hardik Pandya being taken off the ground after being injured while bowling. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
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Pakistan counter-attack after pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar removes openers, reach 55 for 2 in 14 overs (Shoaib Malik on 23 not out and Babar Azam on 25 not out)
India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar in action against Pakistan. Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
Pakistan opener and Champions Trophy hero Fakhar Zaman is out for a duck. Indians avenge the thrashing from this left-hander that crashed their hopes of winning the Champions Trophy.
The legendary Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar (right) sits next to Gulf News team in the press box.
Pakistan win toss and elect to bat
Pakistan captain Sarfraz wins toss and elects to bat first. This will put pressure on India who scraped through their first match against Hong Kong.
Pakistan kept the same team which beat Hong Kong in the first match in Dubai on Sunday while India returned to full strength after resting key players in their 26 run win over Hong Kong. Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah and allrounder Hardik Pandya replaced Khaleel Ahmed and Sharadul Thakur.
This is the first match between the arch-rivals since the Champions Trophy final in London in June last year.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain), Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Fahim Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Usman Khan Shinwari
Stage all set
The stage is all set for India-Pakistan match at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.
A full house is expected for the Asia Cup group league. Tickets have been sold out days in advance.
The last time India and Pakistan met in a 50-overs contest was in the Champions Trophy final last year where Pakistan won.
While the venue has worked as a windfall for the legion of expat fans of these two countries here, a billion more will be glued to their TV sets.
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