Pakistan captain Mohammed Hafeezs decision to bat first on a slow Premadasa track failed to produce the desired result as Ashwin and Yuvraj frustrated the opposition batsmen by maintaining superb line and length.
Ashwin, who operated from round the wicket, had superb figures of two for 16 from four overs while Yuvraj also had identical figures but from three overs.
The duo snapped four Pakistan wickets for only 32 runs in seven overs and it was the reason why Hafeez and Co could not reach a respectable total. Lakshmipathy Balaji also complemented the ?spin twins with impressive figures of 3/22 in 3.4 overs.
The only notable partnership was of 47 runs between Shoaib Malik and Umar Akmal. Malik was the top scorer with 28 before he gave an easy catch to Rohit Sharma. Last match?s hero Umar Akmal played a pull shot off an Ashwin delivery but couldnt clear Suresh Raina in the deep.
In Image: India's bowler Virat Kohli , right, celebrates taking the wicket of Pakistan's captain Mohammad Hafeez, left bottom, as non striker Shoaib Malik, left top, looks on