Kohli helps India beat Pakistan in low scoring Asia Cup thriller

Mirpur (Dhaka): Prolific batsman Virat Kohli produced yet another brilliant batting display as India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by five wickets in a low scoring contest of the Asia Cup here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Saturday.

Chasing a small target of 84, India had a dreadful start, losing three wickets for just eight runs inside the first three overs.

However, Man of the match Kohli (49) and Yuvraj Singh (14*) held the innings from thereafter and stitched a 68-run partnership to ensure victory for the Indian side.

However, India suffered few hiccups towards the end, losing two back-to-back wickets of Kohli and Hardik Pandya (0) creating a bit of drama and excitement for the spectators as well as camps of both the teams.

It was India’s limited-over skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni who scored the winning runs with a wonderful cover-drive.

For Pakistan, tainted left arm-pacer Mohammad Amir was the pick of the bowling attack as he took three wickets for 18 runs and demolished the Indian top order.

He was well supported by Mohammad Sami who took two wickets but their efforts went in vain.

Earlier, invited to bat, Pakistan displayed a dismal batting performance as they were bundled out for mere 83 inside 18 overs.

Sarfraz Ahmed (25) and Khurram Manzoor (10) were the only Pakistani players who could reach double figures.

Pandya was pick of the Indian bowlers as he took three wickets. Ravindra Jadeja scalped two wickets while Ashish Nehra, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuvraj chipped in with a wicket each. (ANI)