India fight past Pakistan in Asia Cup

India fight past Pakistan in Asia Cup

 India’s bowlers rose to the occasion with a sparkling performance as they notched up a five-wicket win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup here on Saturday.

On a pitch assisting quick bowlers, Pakistan’s pacemen were expected to trouble India. Trouble they did, with Mohammed Aamir coming up with a devastating burst, but the Indian bowlers had caused enough damage to nullify their neighbours’ threat.

Pakistan were shot out for just 83 in 17.3 overs with Hardik Pandya claiming three wickets. Aamir (3/18) rocked the Indian batting with a four-over spell but the small target meant the Indians could work their way towards victory.

It was achieved with 27 balls to spare, after Virat Kohli had calmed the Indian nerves with a fine 49. The dismissals of Rohit Sharma (0), Ajinkya Rahane (0) and Suresh Raina (1) had pushed India to eight for three when Kohli took over.

His 68-run stand for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh (14 not out) put India on the doorstep before two quick wickets again pegged them back. Dhoni then joined Yuvraj to guide his team home.

Earlier, Pakistan suffered a batting collapse, losing wickets at regular intervals to be 35 for 5 at one stage. They never recovered. It was India’s second win in the tournament after beating Bangladesh in the opener.

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