Dubai: Rohit Sharma’s speedy 52 runs and a dominant bowling performance led India to a comfortable eight wicket victory over arch-rival Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2918 here on Wednesday.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav starred with the ball as Pakistan were bowled out for 162 in 43.1 overs.
Chasing a meagre total of 163, India reached the target in the 29th overs with the loss of two wickets.
Winning the toss, Sarfraz Ahmed elected to bat against India. Bhuvneshwar gave India the upper hand early in the game by dismissing both Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq.
Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam, the two new batsmen, steadied the Pakistani innings by taking singles and doubles, with occasional boundaries.
Slowly, both the batsmen picked up pace and started to counter-attack. Malik and Babar had strung together a 82-run partnership and were looking threatening. However, Kuldeep Yadav had other plans as he dismissed Babar for 47.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar took three wickets in seven overs and adjudged man of the match.