Indian team celebrates Ambati Rayudu’s 33rd birthday after crushing Pakistan

first_imgAmbati Rayudu brought a fitting end to the India-Pakistan match on Sunday as he hit the winning run to take his team over the line on his birthday.It was perhaps captain Rohit Sharma’s gift to Rayudu, who turned 33, to score the last run in the 40th over as India, chasing 238, wrapped up the victory with 9 wickets to spare.Rohit remained unbeaten on 111 after stitching a record 210-run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan, who top-scored with 114 runs off 100 balls.What a joy to watch: Virat Kohli elated after India hammer Pakistan in Asia Cup 2018Rayudu meanwhile, was not out on 12. The victory was followed by a big celebration in the dressing room as the Hyderabad cricketer cut a cake with his teammates to celebrate the win and his birthday.”What followed was a typical cake smash Team India style,” the caption read on the pictures posted by the Indian cricket team on Instagram.Asia Cup 2018: Dhawan, Rohit blast hundreds as India crush Pakistan againIndia made a statement in Dubai by absolutely crushing Pakistan for the second time in the tournament after the 8-wicket win in the first match between these two teams in the Asia Cup.Shikhar Dhawan sends Pakistan on a leather hunt to slam 15th ODI hundredSunday night’s victory was even more dominating than the first as both Dhawan and Rohit notched up hundreds against a clueless Pakistan attack. It was the 13th 100-plus partnership between the Hitman (Rohit) and Gabbar (Dhawan). Among Indians, only Ganguly and Tendulkar have more opening stands (21).advertisementMS Dhoni overtakes Rahul Dravid to become the second most capped IndianIndia’s bowlers were even better than the batsmen as they restricted Pakistan to 237 for 7 after losing the toss.Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets each and were ably supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav.”The entire bowling unit stuck to their task and hats off to them. Repeated performances are challenging in these conditions and once again I don’t want to take any credit from the bowlers,” Rohit, the stand-in India skipper, said after the match.”With Shikhar, I don’t need to talk much. It’s important to let him be himself. We have batted enough to know each other to start off like that and we clearly know our roles,” he added.India, who qualified for the final after defeating Pakistan, will now take on Afghanistan in their last Super Four tie on Tuesday.last_img read more