India beat Pakistan convincingly by nine wickets with the help of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma in their second match of the Super fours in Asia Cup 2018 in Dubai.
However, earlier in the day, Pakistan skipper, Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bat first. Indian bowlers picks up early three wickets within the 16th over. Later, Sarfraz Ahmed and Shoaib Malik contributed some valuable runs to past score 150.
Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav each bagged with three wickets.
However, Pakistan post a target of 237 runs at the end of 50th over. While, chasing down the target Rohit Sharma nd Shikhar Dhawan played a fantastic knock of 200+ runs. Both of them scored a fantastic century and Rohit past his 7000 runs.
Furthermore, Pkaistan only managed to pick a single wicket in the 34th over and Rayudu and Rohit finish off the innings within the 40th overs and helped India to win over Pakistan.
Moreover, the duo complemented each other for their outsatnding performance. Shikhar Dhawan wants him and his partner to stay till 10-15 overs of the match. Meanwhile, he also said when Rohit is taking the charge, he was taking the backseat and vice versa.
“The way we complemented each other when we went to bat we knew that the fast bowlers are quick and good pace attack. we need to stay for 10-15 overs to get rid of the new ball. We are enjoying each others company and if Rohit was going aggressive, I was taking the back seat and vice versa. The good thing is we played a lot of matches together and we dont have to say much. We work on auto-pilot mode which is a great thing,” Shikhar Dhawan said.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma feels that it was a proud moment for him and the pitch was too good for batting. He thinks that its better to bat when there is some lights on the pitch. Moreover, it was also good to bat with right-hand left-hand combination.
“Its very proud moment for me. I think the pitch was good and I have been talking about it and also think under the lights the pitch gets slightly better for batting, you see the ball well. I wouldn’t say there is much difference from batting first than batting second but under the lights, it is slightly better to bat. We have seen it in the past that right-hand and left-hand combination is very helpful. It is how bowlers struggle to keep bowling in the same length and when two right-handers batting together its easier to come and keep hitting to that lenght,” Rohit Sharma said.
Furthermore, Sharma said that it is always tough for a batsman to come at the crease an settle down quickly. The duo talks about cricketing stuff at the beginning and then Rohit left Shikar Dhawan to play in his own way.
“We always knew it’s gonna be tough for the new batsman to come and start scoring. First five overs it’s all about cricket talk and after that me and Shikhar we used to do talk about different stuff. We talk about where to take singles, which are the areas the fielders are struggling and once we play six-seven overs then its better to let Shikhar be alone.” Sharma added.
India will play their remainder against Afghanistan on September 25 (Tuesday).