After a not-so impressive outing in the first game of the Asia Cup against Hong Kong, India skipper Rohit Sharma hit his top form when it mattered the most. The opening batsman scored a sizzling fifty to lay the foundation for a thumping win over arch-rivals Pakistan in the ongoing game.
Earlier in the game, India bowled out Pakistan for just 162. Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave India a flying start by dismissing Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman to leave Pakistan reeling at 3 for 2. A 82-run stand between Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik then steadied the ship. However, Pakistan once again lost their way after Kuldeep Yadav castled Babar. Pakistan kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and were reeling at 121 for 7.
But a handy stand between Faheem Ashraf and Mohammad Amir helped Pakistan cross the 150-run mark before they were all out for 162.
In reply, India came out all guns blazing with Rohit Sharma leading the way. The right-handed batsman slammed his fastest ODI fifty to set the tone for the chase.
However, he could not convert the fifty into a big total, falling to a googly from Shadab Khan. Rohit failed to pick up the delivery as the ball went through his bat and pad to hit the stumps. Rohit scored 52 off just 39 with the help of 6 fours and 3 sixes with one of the maximums landing outside the ground.
Here is a clip of Rohit’s wicket: