India vs Pakistan Super Four – Highlights & Summary
India and Pakistan locked horns in the group stage match on 19th September 2018 before this Super Four match where India had defeated Pakistan by 8 wickets.
Pakistan played Afghanistan in their 1st Super Four match which they won in a thrilling finish by 3 wickets. Pakistan vs Afghanistan match had Pakistan struggle for the win and it also showed Pakistan’s weak fielding which could have cost them a game.
The match was a clear indication of how Pakistan lagged behind India in all the departments defeating India was not going to be an uphill task for Pakistan.
India vs Pakistan Asia Cup 2018 3rd Match, Super Four
Pakistan won the toss and elected to bat first.
Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman opened the innings for Pakistan. Imam-ul-Haq hit 2 fours to Bumrah in the 4th and the 6th over. Soon after in the 8th over Yuzvendra Chahal got the better of Imam-ul-Haq dismissing him lbw out for 10 runs off 20 balls, giving India the breakthrough.
Pakistan were 24-1 and Babar Azam walked in to bat at number 3. Babar Azam with Fakhar Zaman put 31 runs for the 2nd wicket and the partnership was broken when Kuldeep Yadav dismissed Fakhar Zaman lbw in the 15th over.
Fakhar Zaman scored 31 off 41 with 1 four and 1 six. This dismissal came just 6 overs after the 1st wicket. Things didn’t look good for Pakistan as both their openers had failed to play a big innings against India for the second time in Asia Cup 2018.
If that wasn’t a blow enough to dent the Pakistan innings, Babar Azam was run out in the next over scoring just 9 runs off 25 balls and Pakistan found themselves in trouble at 58-3.
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed along with the experienced and in-form Shoaib Malik gave Pakistan innings the needed partnership putting together 107 runs for the 4th wicket. Sarfaraz Ahmed scored 44 runs off 66 balls with 2 fours and the 100 plus runs stand for the 4th wicket ended with his wicket.
Kuldeep Yadav gave the important breakthrough dismissing Sarfaraz Ahmed in the 39th over just when the two Pakistani batsmen were looking good.
Pakistan were 165-4 in the 39th over, and the slow run rate was a clear indication of the quality bowling and disciplined fielding from the Indian team.
Asif Ali was the next man in and he played a quick innings of 30 runs off 21 balls with 1 four and 2 sixes. The partnership between Asif Ali and Shoaib Malik was a quick 38 runs. It couldn’t last longer as Shoaib Malik who scored the highest runs (78) in the innings with 4 fours and 2 sixes was caught behind on a delivery from Bumrah in the 44th over.
Dismissing a settled and in-form batsman, India now had the edge over Pakistan and it was going to be a tough task if Pakistan had to score above 250.
Asif Ali was the next man out bowled by Chahal right in the next over. Pakistan finished 237-7 in 50 overs.
Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Kuldeep Yadav picked 2 wicket each. Bumrah was the most economical with figures of 29-2 in 10 overs with 1 maiden.
Given the form of Indian openers in the recent matches, this was a very low total and Pakistan would have needed a solid bowling and fielding effort to defend it.
The in-form batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opened the innings for India and outplayed every Pakistan bowler as they went on hitting boundaries and running the ones and twos with ease.
The two openers put together a massive partnership of 210 runs. Dhawan was run out in the 34th over and was the 1st wicket to fall. Shikhar Dhawan scored 114 runs off 100 balls with 16 fours and 2 sixes.
To give you a perspective, Pakistan team hit 11 fours in total in their innings.
Rohit Sharma on the other end hit 7 fours and 4 sixes to score 111 in 119 balls and remained not out. He along with Ambati Rayudu (12) ensured India reached 238 in the 40th over.
Chasing a target of 238 runs, India won by 9 wicket and 63 balls remaining. A clinical win from India where the Indian players outplayed the Pakistan side and were a class apart.
No Pakistani bowler picked a wicket in the 39.3 overs that were bowled.
Shikhar Dhawan was awarded Man of the Match for his fantastic batting performance.
India has won 2 of the 2 matches they’ve played so far in Super Four and have comfortably reached the finals.
It will be interesting to see if Pakistan meets India in the final again.