India was able to trounce arch-rivals Pakistan in the third match of the Super Four stage by nine wickets. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma both scored hundreds to take the team to a comfortable win. Dhawan was able to complete his 15th ODI hundred whereas Rohit scored his 19th ODI century. In fact, the pair was able to put the best opening partnership for India against Pakistan. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma also completed his 7000 runs in the 50-overs format.
They were able to better the previous alliance of 159 runs between Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly. The opening partnership of 210 runs between them is also the highest for the Indian team while chasing a target. Thus, it was once again a one-sided affair as Men in Blue were able to dominate in all the three spheres.
Meanwhile, Sarfraz Ahmed decided to bat first after winning the toss. Men in Green were able to put 237 in their allotted 50 overs on the back of a fine 78 from veteran Shoaib Malik. The right-hander who had taken Pakistan over the line against Afghanistan was able to produce another good knock.
Pakistan had their backs against the wall when they lost three wickets for just 58 runs. However, Malik and Sarfraz Ahmed were able to put together an alliance of 107 runs. However, Pakistan could not finish their innings on a high as they lost Malik’s wicket in the 44th over. Thus, they could only manage 36 runs in the last six overs.
Meanwhile, runs came thick and fast for the Indian openers. Shikhar Dhawan was once again the aggressor as Rohit Sharma took the backseat. In fact, the Indian captain was once again able to catch up on his scoring rate as he does so many times.
Both of the openers looked at the top of their game as they didn’t break a sweat in the run-chase. On the other hand, Pakistan was once again sluggish in the field as Rohit Sharma was dropped by Fakhar Zaman on 81. In fact, the Pakistan spinners were not on target. They were either too short or too full as they failed to hit the area of uncertainty.
Therefore, it was a dominating display from Men in Blue once again as they rolled over Pakistan. It was once again a one-sided affair and Pakistan has a lot to worry about.
Consequently, India has confirmed their place in the final whereas Pakistan will take on Bangladesh. India will meet Afghanistan in their last Super Four stage contest.