India lay down marker with thumping win

Brief scores: Pakistan 162/10 (Babar Azam 47, Shoaib Malik 43; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/15, Kedar Jadhav 3/23) lost to India (Rohit Sharma 52, Shikhar Dhawan 46; Shadab Khan 1/6) by 8 wickets

Statistical highlights

  • India recorded theirĀ 486th ODI win overall and the 53rd against Pakistan, to top Group A and make a statement of intent with this big-margin victory. India coasted to the target with 126 balls to spare, giving them their biggest win against Pakistan in terms of balls left.
  • Kedar Jadhav recorded his best bowling figures in an ODI (3/23) and, along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar (who himself took 3/15), helped India bowl Pakistan out for 162. His unorthodox, exaggerated round-arm off-spin befuddled the Pakistani batsman, who struggled to score runs off him and the ploy to attack him backfired for Sarfraz Ahmed, Asif Ali and Shadab Khan.
  • Chasing a paltry 163, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan took India off to the ideal start by putting together 86 runs for the first wicket and assuring India of a win. Rohit was the batsman in better touch and made the most of his good rhythm to help himself to his 35th ODI half-century (a 39-ball 52, 6×4, 3×6).
  • Rohit recorded his fourth win as captain leading India for the fifth time.

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