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The second chapter in the India-Pakistan series resulted in a one-sided victory for the Blues yet again. A 210-run opening stand between skipper Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan ensured a comfortable victory for India with over 10 overs to spare.
Having elected to bat after winning the toss, the openers failed to perform leaving Pakistan in an early spot of bother at 58-3 after 16 overs. A stable 107 run stand between captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and the in-form Shoaib Malik helped Pakistan rise through the ruins.
Some impeccable death bowling at the end of the innings reduced Pakistan to 237-7 at the end of the innings despite a few lusty blows by Asif Ali. Jasprit Bumrah led the pack with figures of 2-29 while spin twins Yuzvedra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav snatching 2 apiece.
The Men In Blue were in command of the chase from the word go. Sharma and Dhawan took advantage of Mohammed Amir’s barren run and the fielding display by Pakistan added to their advantage with the Indian skipper being dropped on 13 by Imam-Ul-Haq early on in the innings.
Dhawan continued his fine form with the second century of the tournament while Sharma too managed to convert his innings into a hundred. The result ensures that India have one foot set in the finals of the Asia Cup.
Pakistan 237-7 (50 Overs) : (S.Malik 78, S.Ahmed 44; J.Bumrah 2-29, K.Yadav 2-41)
India 238-1 (39.3 Overs) : (R.Sharma 111, S.Dhawan 114)