Buoyed by the thumping win over Pakistan in the Group A clash of the Asia Cup, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting president CK Khanna is confident India would take revenge of their defeat at the Champions Trophy final in England last year by winning the ongoing tournament.
India were the favourites to win the last year’s Champions Trophy after setting up a mouth-watering clash against Pakistan in the title-decider. The Men in Blue had already thrashed the arch-rivals in the group stage of that tournament. Pakistan, on the other hand, were the lowest-ranked team in the competition. However, they defied all the odds to beat their illustrious opponent.
But India, on Wednesday, once again earned the bragging rights of this famous fixture. Led by Rohit Sharma, the defending champions thrashed Pakistan by 8 wickets.
Barring the toss, nothing much went Pakistan’s way throughout the game. Even before the fans could settle down on their seats, the Men in Green lost both their openers for just 3 runs on the board. A 82-run stand between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik raised hopes of revival. However, both of them departed in quick succession and Pakistan just could not recover from the setbacks.
They were soon 7 down for 121 and 150 was looking like a distant dream. However, a 37-run stand between Mohammad Amir and Faheem Ashraf helped Pakistan cross the 150-run mark before they were eventually all out for 162.
In reply, India chased down the total with utmost ease. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan set the tone fo the chase by adding 86 runs for the first wicket off just 13 overs.
Shadab Khan ended the stand by dismissing Rohit. Prior to that, Rohit slammed 52 off just 39 with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes. Dhawan soon departed after scoring 46. Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu then took India home with utmost ease to inflict a heavy loss on the arch-rivals.
And now CK Khanna is confident India would go on to win the Asia Cup. He also lavished praise on Rohit’s captaincy.
“They have won by a huge margin. The way they have played, I am sure they will win the Asia Cup and take the revenge for the Champions Trophy. This was a match-winning captaincy. We are happy with this big win,” Khanna told ANI.
Lauding the performance of bowlers and batsmen, Khanna added:
“Bhuvneshwar bowled really well, Bumrah got able to support. The openers, especially Shikhar Dhawan continued his good form. All of them played well as a team.”
India, who have finished at the top spot in Group A, will now lock horns with Bangladesh in the Super Four stage.