The Asia Cup is one of the premier T20 tournaments in Asia and it will continue to be so till the industrialists make new cricketing leagues as lucrative as this tournament. India had won the first four editions of the Asia Cup but Pakistan has now taken its turn to win it. This time, India beat Pakistan by six wickets in a nail-biting final to win their first Asia Cup since 2013. The final itself was full of drama and tension with some stunning shots being played by both teams. 

The match started off with Pakistan losing Jaanu Afgan and Shan Masood early, which set them back considerably. However, they fought back strongly on the field and Even Patel’s 49-ball 108 not only gave them a solid base but also put them well in control of the game. But India struck again through Krunal Pandya who smashed 6 sixes in his 16 balls after coming out from his debut innings. It was an excellent start for India who ended up restricting Pakistan to 175/9 in 20 overs (the lowest total for the hosts in any T20I against India).

India continued to hammer Pakistan with Abhishek Sharma striking twice before MS Dhoni joined him at the crease. They added another 48 runs together to set up a strong partnership and take India past 200 runs for the first time this tournament. Aamir Gohar took two wirtes at crucial stages but managed to restrict India down below 200 runs

 

India Won By 6 Wickets

The first match of the Asia Cup 2018 was between the hosts, India and Pakistan. Despite the hosts playing superb cricket throughout the tournament, this was not expected to be an easy game for them against the number two ranked team in the world. Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first. They did not have a very good outing and were bowled out for 175 in 20 overs. India chased the total down with ease and won the game with a margin of 6 wickets. 

India’s captain, MS Dhoni came out to start proceedings for India and he did not disappoint people. He smashed 6 sixes in his coming up with a superb inning of 43 from 23 balls. Abhishek Sharma was the other player who dominated the match. He was the star of the show as he scored 34 runs from only 8 balls. India won the toss and chose to bowl first. They did not have a very good outing and were bowled out for 175 in 20 overs. India chased the total down with ease and won the game with a margin of 6 wickets.

 

MS Dhoni’s 43 saves the game for India

The Indian batting is considered as one of the best in the world but they had a problem in this match – they could not get themselves off the mat. The bowlers of Pakistan had a brilliant outing and restricted the Indian batsmen to a low total of 175. 

The Indian captain, MS Dhoni, came out to open the innings for India and he gave a typical display. It was his 43 runs from 23 balls that saved the game for India and helped them to win the match for the hosts. Gohar Ahmed bowled a splendid spell of 4-1-8 and trapped Dhoni in front of the wicket. 

However, Prithvi Shaw came out as the savior for India. He smashed a 23-ball 39 and completely destroyed the Pakistan batting lineup. Rohit Sharma, who failed to improve his form, was the other player who played a crucial role in this match. He showed the world that he is one of the best batsmen in the world. 

India won the toss and chose to bowl first. They did not have a very good outing and were bowled out for 175 in 20 overs. India chased the total down with ease and won the game with a margin of 6 wickets

 

Shikar Gambhir takes three wickets in a single over

The Indian bowlers were in brilliant form throughout the tournament and Shikhar Gambhir did not disappoint them. He took 3 wickets in a single over against Bangladesh and inspired his team to a win. also, He came out to bowl towards the end of the 20th over and gave a good start to the Indian bowlers. He bowled a yorker and then brought his leg spin into the attack. 

After 3 wickets in a single over, he returned to the pavilion and they continued to restrict Bangladesh to 175/9 in 20 overs. Even Patel completed a world record 108 not out to win the match for Pakistan. They chased down the target of 175 runs and won the game with a margin of 6 wickets. Gohar Ahmed bowled a splendid spell of 4-1-8 and trapped Dhoni in front of the wicket. 

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However, Prithvi Shaw came out as the savior for India. He smashed a 23-ball 39 and completely destroyed the Pakistan batting lineup. Rohit Sharma, who failed to improve his form, was the other player who played a crucial role in this match. He showed the world that he is one of the best batsmen in the world.

 

Conclusion

The final of the Asia Cup 2018 came to an end with the hosts, India defeating Pakistan by 6 wickets to win the title for the first time since 2013. The teams started off slowly in the final with the openers taking time to settle down. Even Patel, however, broke the shackles with a sensational 108 off just 48 balls. 

Krunal Pandya also played an important role in the chase with a 31-ball cameo. India lifted the trophy with a six-off Rahman in the final over and won their first Asia Cup title. It was an exciting final with both teams playing some excellent cricket. 

The final itself was full of drama and tension with some stunning shots being played by both teams. But India managed to come out victorious with a six-off Rahman in the final over to lift the Asia Cup trophy for the first time since 2013.

India vs Pakistan is one of the most exciting matches in cricket and the final itself was full of drama and tension with some stunning shots being played by both teams. The final itself was full of drama and tension with some stunning shots being played by both teams. Krunal Pandya hit 6 sixes in his 16 balls after coming out from his debut innings. 

MS Dhoni also played a sensational knock of 43 from 23 balls to save the game for India. The teams started off slowly in the final with the openers taking time to settle down. Even Patel, however, broke the shackles with a sensational 108 off just 48 balls. 

Krunal Pandya also played an important role in the chase with a 31-ball cameo. India lifted the trophy with a six-off Rahman in the final over and won their first Asia Cup title.