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Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma shared an opening partnership of 210 runs enabling India to thrash Pakistan for a second time in the ongoing Asia Cup in Dubai.
This win along with Bangladesh’s win over Afghanistan, booked a place for them to play for the final on Friday.
After restricting Pakistan for 237 for 7 India chased the target losing just one wicket and won in 39.3 overs.
By beating their bitter rivals the pair also top scored with eight wickets to spare that is being played inn Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Rohit knocked his 19th on-day hundreds, and his partnership with Dhawan was India’s highest one-day international was the top opening stand against Pakistan. With it being the fourth highest first-wicket stand in anyone one in the ODI format of the game.
It’s also the biggest win against Pakistan in terms of wickets in ODIs, thus improving on their eight wicket win against Pakistan in Melbourne in 1985.
Shooaib Malik made 78 off 90 balls, thus adding 107 runs to the board for the fourth wicket stand with skipper Sarfraz Ahmed (44) who had won the toss.
Bangladesh ended Afghanistan’s chances of reaching the final in the Super Four game in Abu Dhabi in a final-over thriller.
Needing 249 to win and wanting eight in the final over with four wickets remaining, Rashid Khan was caught and bowled by Mustafizur Rahman in the second ball of the over ending their game by falling short by three runs.
Pakistan would now take on Bangladesh on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, with the winner gaining a birth in the final against India.
India too need to face Afghanistan in Dubai in the final Super Four game on Tuesday.