For India, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep took two wickets each to restrict Pakistan to 237.

Hats off to bowling unit Rohit Sharma showers praise as India beat Pak in Asia CupFacebook/Indian Cricket Team
Sports Asia Cup Monday, September 24, 2018 - 10:32

An elated India captain Rohit Sharma showered praise on his bowlers after his side registered a comfortable nine-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in Dubai on Sunday.

Continuing their winning spree, the men in blue came with another superb show to outclass Pakistan, thanks to the Indian bowlers, and openers Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan.

"The entire bowling unit stuck to their task and hats off to them. Repeated performances are challenging in these conditions and once again I don't want to take any credit from the bowlers," Rohit, the stand-in India skipper, said after the match.

For India, Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep took two wickets each.

Chasing an average 238-run target, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan single-handedly dominated the Pakistani bowling attack to add another defeat to the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side in the tournament.

Pakistan, looking for wickets, got a respite too late, as a run out by Hasan Ali packed back Dhawan when India was 28 runs away from a comfortable win.

It was a cake walk for incoming batsman Ambati Rayudu (12 off 18) to lead his side to another convincing victory in the tournament.

Earlier, Shoaib Malik's disciplined innings along with a useful contribution from Sarfraz helped Pakistan post 237/7 against India.

Malik scored 78 runs in 90 balls and Sarfraz made 44 runs in 66 balls to forge a crucial 107-run fourth wicket partnership to guide their team to a respectable total.

"With Shikhar, I don't need to talk much. It's important to let him be himself. We have batted enough to know each other to start off like that and we clearly know our roles," Rohit added.

Meanwhile, praising the Pakistan bowling attack, centurion Dhawan said: Pakistan got a good bowling attack and I knew that as openers we have to stay because they have got good pace and once I got set and I kept carrying on."

"As I've mentioned I wanted to be sensible with my shots and I've thrown it away in the past and I have learnt the lessons the hard way," he added.

India will now take on Afghanistan in their last Super Four tie in Dubai on Tuesday.

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