In pictures: Key moments from highly anticipated Pak-India Asia Cup clash | Pakistan Today

In pictures: Key moments from highly anticipated Pak-India Asia Cup clash

DUBAI: Captain Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to bat first after winning the toss backfired against a disciplined Indian bowling attack as Pakistan were bowled out for a meagre 162 in their Asia Cup group match on Wednesday.

At the sold-out Dubai International Stadium, where the two teams were meeting for the first time, Pakistan lost their openers within the first six overs and even a third-wicket partnership of 80 between Babar Azam (47) and Shoaib Malik (43) could not put them on the path to recovery.

Azam was bowled with the score on 85 after he tried to step out to left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav and missed the line completely, and the next four wickets could only put together 56 runs as they struggled against the flattish off-spin bowling of part-timer Kedar Jadhav.

India’s bowlers gave away just three runs in the first 5.1 overs and removed the openers.

Jasprit Bumrah, back in the team after getting a rest against Hong Kong on Tuesday, did not give away a single run in his first two overs, and his partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar reaped the rewards as the suffocated Inam-ul Haq and Fakhar Zaman fell to ambitious shots.

Kumar later returned to remove tailender Hasan Ali and finished with figures of 3-15 in seven overs. Jadhav also took three wickets for 23 in nine overs.

There was a bit of scare for India when all-rounder Hardik Pandya needed to be stretchered off the field after injuring his lower back while bowling the 18th over of the inning.

India made two changes to the team that won against Hong Kong, with Bumrah and Pandya coming in for Shardul Thakur and Khaleel Ahmed. Pakistan fielded an unchanged eleven following their eight-wicket win over Hong Kong on Sunday.

Both teams have already qualified for the round-robin Super Four stage following wins in their respective opening group matches against Hong Kong.

Indian and Pakistani players line up for the national anthem just before the start of the ODI Asia Cup cricket match between Pakistan and India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. —AFP
Indian and Pakistani players line up for the national anthem just before the start of the ODI Asia Cup cricket match between Pakistan and India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. —AFP
Indian team stand in a huddle before the start of the match between Pakistan and India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. — AFP
Indian team stand in a huddle before the start of the match between Pakistan and India at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. — AFP
A Pakistani supporter sports a headgear and sunglasses as he waits for the start of the match. —AP.
A Pakistani supporter sports a headgear and sunglasses as he waits for the start of the match. —AP.
Indian cricketer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (L) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq. —AFP
Indian cricketer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (L) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq. —AFP
Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq leaves the field after being dismissed. —AFP
Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq leaves the field after being dismissed. —AFP
An Indian cricket fan cheers in support of the Indian team. —AFP
An Indian cricket fan cheers in support of the Indian team. —AFP
Indian cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal takes a catch that dismissed Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman. — AFP
Indian cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal takes a catch that dismissed Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman. — AFP
Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik plays a shot during the ODI Asia Cup cricket match between Pakistan and India. —AFP
Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik plays a shot during the ODI Asia Cup cricket match between Pakistan and India. —AFP
Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya is transported with an injury. — AFP
Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya is transported with an injury. — AFP
Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik (L) and Babar Azam run between the wickets. — AFP
Pakistan batsman Shoaib Malik (L) and Babar Azam run between the wickets. — AFP
Indian cricketer Kuldeep Yadav (R) celebrates with teammates after dismissing Pakistan batsman Babar Azam. — AFP
Indian cricketer Kuldeep Yadav (R) celebrates with teammates after dismissing Pakistan batsman Babar Azam. — AFP
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed leaves the field after being dismissed by Kedar Jadhav. —AFP
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed leaves the field after being dismissed by Kedar Jadhav. —AFP
Indian and Pakistan cricket fans cheer in support of their respective national teams. —AFP
Indian and Pakistan cricket fans cheer in support of their respective national teams. —AFP
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma (R) and Shikhar Dhawan runs between the wickets. —AFP
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma (R) and Shikhar Dhawan runs between the wickets. —AFP
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma celebrates after scoring a half-century (50 runs). —AFP
Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma celebrates after scoring a half-century (50 runs). —AFP
Pakistan cricketer Shadab Khan (L) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma. —AFP
Pakistan cricketer Shadab Khan (L) celebrates with teammates after he dismissed Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma. —AFP


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