India outclassed Pakistan, as the Rohit Sharma and Co. won the last match of the group stage against Pakistan by 8 wickets, on Wednesday. Following the win, India tops the group A, while Pakistan and Hong Kong stand at second and third place respectively.
India’s bowling attack led by Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t let any batsman settle, on Wednesday, as they bundled out Sarfaraz’ men for just 162, giving India an extremely low total to chase. Indian speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah had put on an amazing display of bowling, not providing any width to Pakistan’s openers to free their arms. The pressure of scoring runs forced both the batsmen to put the bat on ball on almost every delivery, eventually lost both the openers for just three runs. Man of the Match Bhuvneshwar Kumar took crucial wickets of both the openers. In comes Pakistan’s most reliable pair, Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik then started the rescue act, playing the balls with extreme caution. The pair put on a stand of 82 runs before Babar got cleaned up by Kuldeep’s wrong’un.
Babar’s wicket followed a collapse, as in the course of just 25 runs, Pakistan lost another four wickets as the men in green were reduced to 110 for 6 in no time, courtesy another fine bowling performance by the so-called part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav, picking up three wickets including the important wicket of Sarfaraz Khan. Jadhav along with Bhuvi took three wickets each, while Bumrah took two, as Pakistan were all out for just 162 in 43 overs.
Be it the batting department or bowling, India did nothing wrong on Wednesday. Chasing a small target, Pakistan wanted early wickets, however, unless the Champions Trophy final, the Captain and Vice-Captain of India showed intent right from the right, as they pulverized the bowlers, mixing aggression with caution.
The duo put on a stand of 86 runs before Sharma got out off Shabad’s wrong’un, post hitting a match-winning half-century for his side. Pakistan got the second wicket of Dhawan in the seventeenth over, however, it was too late by then. India, eventually, chased the total comfortably in 29 overs with eight wickets to spare.