India registered their fastest-ever 100 against Pakistan in a T20I match during the Asia Cup Super 4 encounter as the Rohit Sharma-led side reached the three-figure mark in just 10.4 overs in Dubai on Sunday.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam won the toss and opted to bowl first as India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came out all guns blazing and forged a superb 50-plus opening stand which helped the Men in Blue to reach the 100-run mark in just 10.4 overs.
India’s top-order punish Pakistan bowlers
Rohit, Rahul and Suryakumar Yadav all smacked quickfire runs before perishing while trying to keep up their strike rate. While Rohit fell for 28 off 16, Rahul perished in the sixth over for 28 off 20. After the openers departed, Kohli and the in-form Suryakumar Yadav continued the power-hitting, but the latter fell for a 10-ball 13 while trying to do so.
Meanwhile, India brought in Hardik Pandya (rested from the previous match against Hong Kong), Deepak Hooda and Ravi Bishnoi in their playing eleven in place of injured Ravindra Jadeja (out of the tournament due to right knee injury), Dinesh Karthik and Avesh Khan, meaning Rishabh Pant will keep wickets.
Mohammad Hasnain replace Shahnawaz Dahani in Playing XI
Pakistan, on the other hand, got in pacer Mohammad Hasnain in their playing eleven, replacing fellow fast bowler Shahnawaz Dahani, who is out due to a suspected side strain.
“The dew could be a factor, that’s the reason we’re bowling first. We had a lot of positives from the last match against India. The message is to play positively,” said Babar Azam after winning the toss.