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Asia Cup, India vs UAE Live: It's a cruise as Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh power India to a nine-wicket win

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Asia Cup, India vs UAE Live: It's a cruise as Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh power India to a nine-wicket win

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Mar 03, 2016 - 22:14 (IST)

So Bhajji, Bhuvi and Negi get some valuable game time as India stay unbeaten with a crushing win over UAE. Rohit and Yuvraj played some excellent shots to take India home with 59 balls to spare - their biggest win by run-margin.

That's bring an end to our coverage of the rather subdued match between India and UAE. The final on Sunday, however, promises to be anything but that. Join us then! It promises to be a cracker!

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:51 (IST)

DHONI: You need 15 mins to develop a bad habit, but 10 games to make a winning habit, important to win today. Was more crucial to test bench strength in bowling, given chance of injuries to pacers

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:46 (IST)

Man of the match is Rohit Sharma: 'Wickets have been challenging here, so it's good to get runs. Important to analyse the conditions early, never easy to play your shots right away.' 

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:45 (IST)

Presentation ceremony. Very difficult to guess who will be the man of the match in this one. My vote would be Shaiman Anwar for doing what none of his teammates could

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:38 (IST)

Drives home the point really. It was a very easy win for India, easier than expected. 

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:36 (IST)

Watch Ayaz Memon analyse what was an easy win for India >>>> http://www.firstpost.com/category/sports

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:35 (IST)

That's it! Yuvraj Singh finishes it in style - pulls to the square leg boundary as India finish with a 9 wicket win

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:34 (IST)

Six runs from that over and India are a shot away from a win. Yuvraj was almost stumped after going down the track, but edges it to the third man boundary

After 10 overs India 78/1

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:30 (IST)

Yuvraj is looking in wonderful touch out there - two utterly glorious shots in that over from Yuvi in that over from Shahzad. First a pull off from the front foot. Then the best of the match so far - a stunning shot over long-off for six 

After 9 overs India 72/1

Mar 03, 2016 - 21:25 (IST)

Seventh over saw Dhawan struggle for five balls and drive the last ball through covers for a four - FINALLY! 8th over - both Dhawan and Yuvraj make merry. First Yuvi drives exquisitely through covers for a four and then Dhawan finishes the over, first streaky to third man and then a pull.

After 8 overs India 62/1 

Match Preview

Mirpur: India will aim to maintain their all-win record when they meet minnows United Arab Emirates (UAE) in their final group game of the Asia Cup at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Thursday.

India top the pool table with six points after winning all their three matches so far -- against hosts Bangladesh, arch-rivals Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The men in blue have assured themselves a place in Sunday's final after the five-wicket win over the Lankans on Tuesday and even an unlikely defeat against the UAE will not hamper them.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni may decide to make a few changes in the line-up in order to give match practice to some of the players who have not featured in the tournament till now.

Asia Cup India vs UAE Live Its a cruise as Rohit Sharma Yuvraj Singh power India to a ninewicket win

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"We'll definitely make a few changes in the coming games. How many we can, that's something we will have to see. Because we still want the strength and the composition of the side to be very good," Dhoni told reporters here.

"I think most of the players will definitely get a chance in the next game. Whether all the people who are sitting outside will get a chance, we're not sure. But we will try to make as many changes as possible," he added.

The Indian team management may consider including the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi and Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the line-up for the UAE game.

Among the four, Rahane is the one who has the best chance to be selected. The right-hander has been in good form in recent months and may be included in place of the off-colour Shikhar Dhawan.

The Indian think tank may also decide to rest veteran pacer Ashish Nehra in order to keep him fresh for the final. The 36-year-old Nehra has been in excellent form, picking up five wickets. If the Indian team management does decide to rest the Delhi pacer, Bhuvneshwar Kumar may be included in his place.

The spin bowling combination may also witness a change as experienced off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and left-armer Pawan Negi may replace Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for this particular game.

Negi who was the most expensive Indian player during the recent Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, will also be valuable for his ability to produce the big hits lower down the order.

The UAE will look to their captain Amjad Javed to lead from the front. Javed has bagged 12 wickets from the UAE's six matches in this tournament (including the qualifiers) and will hope to inflict some early blows on the Indian batting.

But the rest of the UAE bowlers are expected to be cannon fodder against the likes of Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni.

IANS

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