Dubai: India’s bowlers put in a disciplined performance to restrict Pakistan to 237 for seven in the Super Four encounter of the Asia Cup at International Cricket Stadium in Dubai on Sunday.
After captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat first, Fakhar Zaman and Imamul Haq opened the innings for Pakistan, whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah shared the new ball for India.
Shoaib Malik top-scored with 78 off 90 balls, while Sarfraz Ahmed made 44 off 66 balls to enable Pakistan post a fighting total.
India once again started well with Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s penchant for getting DRS reviews right after Yuzvendra Chahal (2/46 in 9 overs) got his first wicket by trapping Imam ul Haq (10) in front of the stumps.
Fakhar Zaman (31) was set but lost his footing trying to sweep Kuldeep Yadav (2/41 in 10 overs) to get leg before. The replays showed that the ball hit his gloves first but Pakistan didn’t take a review.
Babar Azam was run-out when his skipper got a call for single wrong as Pakistan were reduced to 58 for three.
However it was the Malik-Sarfraz combination that provided the launch pad with their sensible approach during the middle overs.
Jasprit Bumrah shone with the ball as he claimed two for 29 in 10 overs, while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav also picked up two wickets each.