India faced Pakistan in a tournament after a gap of more than one and a half years when they met each other in Asia Cup 2018. When both the sides last met in Champions Trophy, Pakistan defeated India by 167 runs. But, this time when both the sides faced each other, India outplayed their neighbours by eight wickets in the league stage and they continued their unbeaten streak in the Super Four stage and humiliated Pakistan by nine wickets in Dubai.
The sheer dominance that has unfolded in the tournament so far has prompted Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed to admit that his team hasn’t been able to match up to the skill level that team India possesses.
Ahmed who scored 44 runs and built a partnership with Shoaib Malik (78) which helped Pakistan from a shaky 58/3 after they opted to bat, but Indian bowlers exhibited their master class to restrict the opponents under 250 runs.
“Their skill level is high and we fail to quite stand there. We will try to get better in the finals. It is going to be a do-or-die clash for us in the next game, we will do our best,” said Ahmed.
Pakistan will be playing their last super four match against Bangladesh which will be their chance to seal a spot in the finals.
“If we keep dropping catches, we will keep losing matches. We need to work hard on our fielding. I felt that the pitch was difficult to bat and a batsman would have difficulties while batting so I think we should have held on them.”
“We were trying to get early wickets, but it couldn’t happen and when we can’t dismiss batsmen like Shikhar and Rohit, it becomes difficult to make a comeback.”
India beat Pakistan by 9 wickets
Pakistan- 237/7 (Shoaib Malik- 78, Sarfraz Ahmed-44)
India- 238/1 (Shikhar Dhawan-114, Rohit Sharma- 111*, Bumrah- 2/29)