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Pakistan vs India Match 22
Old Trafford, Manchester, England
This section covers the Pakistan vs India Asia Cup 2018 matches in UAE with complete details. Both teams have now met twice in the tournament and India comfortably beat Pakistan on both occasions.
India are without Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is leading the defending champions. In the event that both teams meet again in the final, India definitely have an edge now that they shattered Pakistan's image as favorites in the first two matches between the two teams.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan hit punishing centuries to steer an imperious India to a nine wicket win over a listless Pakistan in the Asia Cup match in Dubai on Sunday.
Sharma notched 119-ball 111 not out for his 19th one-day hundred while Dhawan made a 100-ball 114 for his eighth century as the pair put on 210 for the opening stand -- second best in all India-Pakistan one-day internationals.
That super effort from the openers saw India overhaul the target with 10.3 overs to spare.
The Super four win is the second for India over arch-rivals following their easy eighth wicket win in the first round.
The win is India's highest against Pakistan in terms of wickets, improving on the eight wicket win over Pakistan in Melbourne in 1985.
Pakistan were steered to 237-7 by Shoaib Malik who made 90-ball 78 after winning the toss and batting but it proved too little for the strong Indian batting line.
Pakistan could have got Sharma out in the sixth over but Imam-ul-Haq dropped an easy catch off a luckless Shaheen Shah, giving the colourful Indian power to smash seven boundaries and four sixes.
Sharma, who scored back to back fifties in the last two games, also became the ninth Indian batsmen to complete 7,000 one-day runs in his 187th match when he reached 94, soon after he was dropped on 81 by Fakhar Zaman off Shadab Khan.
Dhawan matches his skipper shot for shot, firing 100-ball 114 with 16 boundaries and two sixes as Pakistani bowlers had no clue to the rasping and flowing strokes of the Indian openers.
Pakistan's pace spearhead Mohammad Amir, brought back in one of two changes after dropped for the Afghanistan match, went wicketless for a fifth match in a row, leaving the much vaunted Pakistan bowling biteless.
Even when Dhawan got out in the 34th over with 38 needed it was through a run out.
The best opening stand in Indo-Pak one-day internationals was 224 Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed at Dhaka in 2012.
Earlier, Malik scored a 90-ball 78 with four boundaries and two sixes, but India kept a tight check on Pakistan's progress.
Pakistan lost Imam (ten), Zaman (31) and Babar Azam (run out for nine) in an unimpressive start to their innings before Malik and skipper Sarfraz Ahmed added 107 for the fourth wicket. Sarfraz scored a slow 66-ball 44 with only two boundaries before he became one of two Kuldeep Yadav's wicket who finished with 2-41.
Pakistan's final over score depended on Malik who crucially fell in the 44th over, caught behind off a leg-side edge off Jasprit Bumrah.
Asif Ali smashed two sixes in his 21-ball 30 before he was bowled by leg-spinner Yuzvndra Chahal who took 2-38 in his nine overs.
Bumrah finished with 2-29 in his ten overs.
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In the even both teams reach the final there might be three Pakistan vs India matches in the Asia Cup 2018.
Interestingly , despite being the top two cricketing nations in Asia, Pakistan and India have never played each other in an Asia Cup final before.
India : Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Ambati Rayudu, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shardul Thakur, Dinesh Karthik, Khaleel Ahmed.
Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (capt/wk), Fakhar Zaman, Shan Masood, Babar Azam, Harris Sohail, Imam ul Haq, Asif Ali, Shadab Khan, Mohammed Nawaz, Faheem Ashraf, Hasan Ali, Mohammed Amir, Shoaib Malik, Junaid Khan, Usman Khan, Shaheen Afridi.
Both teams have played each other 12 times in the Asia Cup. India have won 6 , Pakistan 5 and one match was abandoned.
Asia Cup 1984: India won by 54 runs.
Asia Cup 1988 : India won by 4 wickets.
Asia Cup 1995 : Pakistan won by 97 runs.
Asia Cup 1997: Match abandoned due to rain.
Asia Cup 2000 : Pakistan won by 44 runs.
Asia Cup 2004 : Pakistan won by 59 runs.
Asia Cup 2008 : Match 1: India won by 6 wickets - Match 2 (Super Four): Pakistan won by 8 Wickets
Asia Cup 2010 : India won by 3 wickets.
2012 Asia Cup: India won by 6 wickets.
2014 Asia Cup: Pakistan won by 1 wicket.
2016 Asia Cup: India won by 5 wickets.
The table below indicates the overall performance of India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup. Although India have played slightly more number of matches, the win % indicates that India have performed better than their arch-rivals Pakistan.
Overall record for Pakistan and India in Asia Cup
Virat Kohli tops the list with the best batting performance in India-Pakistan encounters in Asia Cup. Kohli blazed his way to a scintillating 148-ball 183 to lead his side to six-wicket win while chasing a mammoth total of 330. MS Dhoni boasts the highest average while Shahid Afridi, unsurprisingly, has the highest-ever strike rate in these contests.
Batting records by India and Pakistan
Sachin Tendulkar has featured in the most number of games played by India and Pakistan in the Asia Cup and he has the highest number of runs. Virat Kohli has accumulated 613 runs whereas Inzamam is the third highest run-getter.
Highest run-scorers from India and Pakistan in Asia Cups
Saeed Ajmal tops the list for most number of wickets (at a stellar average of 19.40) despite playing fewer number of matches as compared to the other bowlers in the list.
Highest wicket-takers from India and Pakistan in Asia Cups
When it comes to winning the Asia cup trophy, India has a definite edge over Pakistan.
Asia Cup Trophy Wins
Overall, India has won 5 Asia Cups in ODI format and they have also won the 2016 tournament which was played in Twenty20 format. Pakistan have 2 Asia Cup trophies to their name but they also won the Asian Test Championship.
Younis Khan’s unbeaten 123 off 117 balls saw Pakistan chase down 309 with 27 balls to spare. Misbah-ul-Haq partnered Younis and both ensured a smooth ride for their side. Earlier, Salman Butt and Nasir Jamshed provided a solid start before the two veterans took apart the Indian bowling attack.
India’s batting did a decent job after MS Dhoni opted to bat first. Sehwag and Gambhir gave India a solid start before MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma scored half-centuries to propel the total to 308.
In 2010, India and Pakistan faced each other at Dambulla. After winning the toss and opting to bat first, Pakistan notched up 267 from 49.3 overs as Salman Butt top-scored with 74 off 85 balls whereas Kamran Akmal was the second-highest scorer with 51 off 41 balls. In reply to Pakistan’s 267, India were going along smoothly at 205/3 before a mini batting collapse came on. The trio of Afridi, Malik and Ajmal picked up a wicket each to get Pakistan back in the contest. Suresh Raina stuck towards the end but Harbhajan Singh smoked Mohammad Amir over mid-wicket on the second last ball to seal the victory for his side. There was a bit of a clash between Shoaib Akhtar and Harbhajan Singh towards the end of the game.
Harbhajan and Shoaib in a heated exchange
In 2012, the arch-rivals faced off each other at Dhaka. After opting to bat first, Mohammad Hafeez and Nasir Jamshed scored hundreds as they put on 224 for the first-wicket partnership. Younis Khan chipped in with a quick-fire 52 off 34 balls to push the total to 329 by the end of 50 overs. Mohammad Hafeez’s love-affair with the left handers continued as he got rid of Gautam Gambhir on the second ball of the innings. After that, Pakistan bowlers looked totally ineffective against Virat Kohli who absolutely blazed away with a magnificent 183 off 148 balls to finish the run-chase inside 48 overs.
Kohli produced a masterclass at Dhaka
Kohli gave respect to the dangermen of the Pakistan attack, Saeed Ajmal and Umar Gul but went after the shorter lengths of Wahab Riaz and Aizaz Cheema. So much so, Pakistan skipper (at that time) Misbah-ul-Haq called it one of the best ODI innings he had ever seen.
The last time the two teams locked horns in an ODI in the Asia cup was in 2014. The match registered itself in history as one of the closest encounters between Pakistan and India with Pakistan edging out India (by one wicket) in the last over thanks to Shahid Afridi’s heroics. Pakistan had done extremely well in restricting a strong Indian batting to 245 despite few catches dropped and umpiring decisions against their favor.
Pakistan began well in the run-chase but there was a batting collapse as the innings progressed on. Mohammad Hafeez held the run-chase together but when Pakistan required 50 more to win, Hafeez top-edged a sweep to deep square-leg fielder. With 10 required off the final over, Afridi struck two back-to-back sixes to seal the win for his side.
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