Asia Cup 2018: Cricket fraternity reacts as India routs Pakistan for 162

Babar Azam top scored with 47 runs and Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the best figures of 3/15.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav picked up three wickets each | Getty

The much awaited India and Pakistan match in the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 had gathered a lot of hype and the intensity was much higher than the heat in Dubai.

Pakistan and India were playing each other for the first time in a year. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bat first and went with an unchanged team. Meanwhile, India brought in Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah in for Khaleel Ahmed and Shardul Thakur.

Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman (0) and Imam-ul-Haq (2) started off cautiously against Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah and the pressure became too much when Bhuvneshwar removed both the openers for just 3 runs on the board.

Shoaib Malik (43) and Babar Azam (47) added 82 runs for the third wicket, but Azam was bowled by Kuldeep and Malik Ran himself out. Kedar Jadhav was introduced to peg the batsmen down and he did just that and removed Sarfaraz Ahmed (6), Asif Ali (9) and Shadab Khan (8) to break Pakistan’s backbone.

Meanwhile, India lost Hardik Pandya to a lower back injury in the 18th over. Faheem Ashraf (21) and Mohammad Amir (18*) took Pakistan past 150, but Bumrah and Kumar came back to end the Pakistani innings at 162.

Bhuvneshwar (3/15), Kedar Jadhav (3/23) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/23) were the main wicket takers for India.

The Cricket Fraternity took to Twitter to applaud a clinical performance by the Indian bowlers against a formidable Pakistani batting lineup.

Here are some tweets:


By Jatin Sharma - 19 Sep, 2018

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