Rohit Sharma was in blistering form against UAE today © AFP (File Photo)
Rohit Sharma was in blistering form against UAE today © AFP (File Photo)

India break no sweat as they beat United Arab Emirates (UAE) by nine wickets in Match 9 of the Asia Cup T20 2016 match at Dhaka. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan did not look in much of trouble through their innings as they manage to knock off the 82 runs required to win the match. With this win, India top the Asia Cup points table and go into the final against Bangladesh, without losing a single wicket. Dhawan got a life early in the innings, when he was caught behind. Despite a huge shout from UAE, the umpire did not move. While it was disappointment for UAE, this was perhaps just the break Dhawan needed as he went on to make the best use of it. Full Cricket Scorecard: India vs UAE, Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 9 at Dhaka

Dhawan had not faced more than four deliveries in the series before this match. He however hung on till the end and will have some runs under his belt going into the final. Rohit was dismissed after a hit a majestic 39 and Yuvraj Singh made his way to the crease at No. 3 and finished with an unbeaten 25.  Full Updates: India vs UAE, Asia Cup T20 2016 Match 9 at Dhaka

Earlier, United Arab Emirates (UAE) have crawled their way to 81 for 9 in their 20 overs against India in the Asia Cup T20 2016 match against India. The bowlers were clinical in their approach and India were on top right from the beginning and never let UAE gain control at any point of time. Bhuvneshwar Kumar started things off really well. His first over was a maiden, but the second over turned out to be a wicket maiden as he got rid of Swapnil Patil. Jasprit Bumrah partnered Bhuvneshwar really well and he too picked up a wicket soon, dismissing Mohammad Shahzad for a duck.

India kept up the pressure and soon they picked up the wicket of Rohan Mustafa for 11. Shaiman Anwar was the only one to put up some fight for India, but he soon ran out of partners. Anwar was eventually run out in the last over for 43.  Pawan Negi came onto bowl his first over in international cricket in the 13th over. Despite conceding 10 overs off it, he managed to pick up the wicket of Muhammad Usman. Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya and Yuvraj Singh too were among the wickets.

The highlight of the match was perhaps the catch by Pandya to dismiss Muhammad Kaleem. Pandya ran in quickly from the deep, dove forward and completed a superb catch. UAE however managed to show some intent in the last couple of overs, but India were too good and restricted their opponents for a score well short than 100.

Brief Scores:

United Arab Emirates: 81 for 9 ( Rohan Musrafa 11, Shaiman Anwar 43; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 8,  Yuvraj Singh 1 for 10) lost to India: 82 for 1 (Rohit Sharma 39, Yuvraj Singh 25*; Qadeer Ahmed 1 for 23) by 9 wickets.

Man of the match: Rohit Sharma

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(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)