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Pakistan struggle to 237-7 despite Malik’s 78

Pakistan were once again short of a

fighting total as they managed 237-7 in their 50 overs despite an attractive

half century by Shoaib Malik in the Asia Cup game against India in Dubai on

Sunday.

Malik scored a 90-ball 78 with four boundaries and two sixes, but India

kept a tight check on Pakistan's progress after they won the toss and elected

to bat.

Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq (ten), Fakhar Zaman (31) and Babar Azam (run out

for nine) in an unimpressive start to their innings before Malik and skipper

Sarfraz Ahmed added 107 for the fourth wicket.

Sarfraz scored a slow 66-ball 44 with only two boundaries before he became

one of two Kuldeep Yadav's wicket who finished with 2-41.

Pakistan's final over score depended on Malik who crucially fell in the

44th over, caught behind off a leg-side edge off Jasprit Bumrah.

Asif Ali smashed two sixes in his 21-ball 30 before he was bowled by leg-

spinner Yuzvndra Chahal who took 2-38 in his nine overs.

Bumran finished with 2-29 in his ten overs.

India kept the same team which beat Bangladesh on Friday while Pakistan

brought back paceman Mohammad Amir and fit again Shadab Khan in place of

Usman Shinwari and Haris Sohail from the side which won against Afghanista,

also on Friday.

The top two teams from the Super four will play the final on September 28

in Dubai.

Pakistan innings

Scoreboard:

Imam-ul-Haq lbw b Chahal 10

Fakhar Zaman lbw b Yadav 31

Babar Azam run out 9

Sarfraz Ahmed c Sharma b Yadav 44

Shoaib Malik c Dhoni b Bumrah 78

Asif Ali b Chahal 30

Shadab Khan b Bumrah 10

Mohammad Nawaz not out 15

Hasan Ali not out 2

Extras: (lb5, w3) 8

Total: (for seven wkts; 50 overs) 237

Did not bat: Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi

Fall of wickets: 1-24 (Imam), 2-55 (Zaman), 3-58 (Azam), 4-165 (Sarfraz),

5-203 (Malik), 6-211 (Asif), 7-234 (Shadab)

Bowling: Kumar 9-0-46-0 (2w), Bumrah 10-1-29-2, Chahal 9-0-46-2, Yadav 10-

0-41-2 (1w), Jadeja 9-0-50-0, Jadhav 3-0-20-0

India: Rohit Sharma (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS

Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal,

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

Toss: Pakistam

Umpires: Rod Tucker (AUS) and Ruchira Palliyaguruge (SRI)

Tv umpire: Gregory Brathwaite (WIS)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS)

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)