MIRPUR (Staff Report) – India thrashed Pakistan by five wickets in the Asia Cup Twenty20 match, played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Saturday (today).
India won the toss and opted to bowl first against bitter rival Pakistan.
Pakistani team’s performance was very poor as it secured only 83 runs in 17.3 overs, giving India 84 runs target to win.
Shahid Afridi managed to score only two runs before he was run out.
The batting line up fell like pins with only Sarfaraz Ahmed and Khurram Manzoor managing to score in double figures, 25 and 10 respectively.
Hardik Pandya bagged three wickets and Ravindra Jadeja got two wickets.
Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh put up a long partnership, making sure that India win the match comfortably.
Kohli was dismissed for 49 runs and was the top-scorer for his side. Amir picked three wickets for Pakistan and Sami picked 2. India won the match in the 16th over with the loss of 5 wickets.
India got off to a flying start in the tournament when they crushed hosts Bangladesh by 45 runs in the opening match on Wednesday.
Pakistan: 1 Shahid Afridi (capt), 2 Sharjeel Khan, 3 Mohammad Hafeez, 4 Umar Akmal, 5 Shoaib Malik, 6 Sarfraz Ahmed (wk), 7 Khurram Manzoor, 8 Mohammad Sami, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Mohammad Amir, 11 Mohammad Irfan
India: 1 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 2 Rohit Sharma, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Suresh Raina, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Hardik Pandya, 7 Ajinkya Rahane, 8 Ravindra Jadeja, 9 R Ashwin, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Ashish Nehra
Asia Cup Schedule:
Feb 24: India vs Bangladesh
Feb 25: Sri Lanka vs TBD
Feb 26: Bangladesh vs TBD
Feb 27: India vs Pakistan
Feb 28: Bangladesh vs Sri Lanka
Feb 29: Pakistan vs TBD
Mar 1: India vs Sri Lanka
Mar 2: Bangladesh vs Pakistan
Mar 3: India vs TBD
Mar 4: Pakistan vs Sri Lanka
Mar 6: Final.