India played UAE in their third pool B match at the WACA stadium in Perth. In a one-sided encounter, the Indian bowlers bowled out a helpless UAE batting lineup for a paltry 102 from 31.3 overs. They chased down the target comfortably in 18.5 overs. Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the Indian bowlers as he captured 4 wickets for 25 runs. He was well supported by pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma.
UAE opt to bat, lose both openers early:
Mohammad Tauqir, the UAE skipper, won the coin toss and elected to bat. The openers, Amjad Ali and Andti Berenger were treated to some hostile pace bowling by Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Yadav struck in his very first over as Berenger (4) misjudged a pull and top edged it into M S Dhoni’s hands. Amjad Ali (4) followed him soon after as he faintly edged an incoming delivery from Bhuvneshwar to the Indian keeper.
Ravichandran Ashwin cleans up UAE middle order:
Dhoni tossed the ball to his go-to man Ravichandran Ashwin soon after field restrictions were lifted. The Indian spinner made an impact straightaway as he got rid of Krishnachandra Karate with a flighted delivery which came off his gloves, Suresh Raina at leg slip completing a simple catch.
Ravichandran Ashwin continued to add pressure on the UAE batsmen as he picked up the wickets of middle order batsmen Khurram Khan (14) and Swapnil Patil (7). Looking at UAE’s fragile response to spin bowling, Ravindra Jadeja was introduced into the attack.
This bowling change too had an impact as Jadeja got rid of Amjad Javed (2) in the first ball of his spell. Pace was brought in at the other end and medium pacer Mohit Sharma bowled tight lines to make life difficult for the batsmen. Mohit’s persistence was rewarded soon as he trapped Rohan Mustafa (2) leg before.
Wickets fell like a pack of cards with the UAE side getting bundled out after scoring just 102 runs in 31.1 overs. Shaiman Anwar top scored with 35 off 49 balls. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled his full quota of 10 overs and finished with career-best figures of 4-25.
Dhawan departs early, Rohit and Virat take India home:
The match was already won by the Indians after that brilliant bowling performance by Ravichandran Ashwin and co. Chasing down 103 was a mere formality for the in-form Indian batsmen.
Shikhar Dhawan walked into the middle along with Rohit Sharma and got India off to a steady start. But Dhawan (14) could not hang in for long as his cut shot was grabbed by Rohan Mustafa at backward point off Mohammad Naveed’s bowling.
Rohit scores fifty, India win by 9 wickets
Rohit Sharma remained unaffected by Shikhar Dhawan’s dismissal and he kept playing his shots. Virat joined Rohit and the duo exhibited a wide range of shots over all parts of the ground. Rohit’s unbeaten knock of 57 contained 10 fours and a six and was well aided by Virat Kohli (33*) at the other end. India completed the chase in 18.5 overs and Ravichandran Ashwin was adjudged the man of the match.
UAE 102/10 (Shaiman Anwar 35, Khurram Khan 14, Ravichandran Ashwin 4-25) lost to India 104/1 (Rohit Sharma 55*, Virat Kohli 33, Mohammad Naveed 1-35) by 9 wickets.