Using the Duckworth Lewis method, India, yet again, won over Pakistan by 89 runs, extending their world cup winning streak to 7-0 against Pakistan. Rohit Sharma made the most of the batting pitch at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday raking up a hundred out of the stylish 336 runs. Furthermore, KL Rahul scored 57 runs playing alongside the Indian Vice Captain, who got his 24th ODI hundred – scoring 140 off 113 balls.
Pakistan did come with a promising stand from Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman chasing at least 104 runs between them. In the end, Kuldeep Yadav managed to nip them both between just three deliveries.
There were some defining moments in the game, first, in the form of 136 runs after India lost the toss. The pitch was moist and there were clouds overhead adding to the pitch’s sustenance. The bowling would be well-accomplished or so, thought team Pakistan. There was no better way to rattle India’s top three with Shikhar Dhawan out of the match and a vulnerable no. 4 stand.
In his first spell, Mohammad Amir was unstoppable at 4-1-8-0. He was threatening the top edges with shorter deliveries and the inside edges with full deliveries. All India could do at this time was wait it out. Rahul became the aggressor, as he was batting with Rohit who was also the opening for the first time in the ODIs. For the first time in a World Cup match, Rahul would come to terms with being the opening batsman. Skipper Virat Kohli batted effortlessly garnering 77 runs off 65 balls. This was also to become the quickest 11,000 runs into an ODI eclipsing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.
Conceding 26 runs in a three-over spell, Hasan Ali couldn’t quite match up to Amir only helping the Indians gain ground. Sarfraz was average with his bowling while Wahab Riaz did get Rahul’s wicket at the cover.
Rohit, on the other hand, would score his 24th ODI hundred which was achieved in a matter of just 85 balls. Run out attempts by Fakhar Zaman or Shadab Khan were not fascinating either at a juncture when Rohit was still in the 40s. After Rohit scooped Hasan Ali straight to short fine leg, Virat Kohli became the enforcer, putting an end to the 98-run partnership at the second wicket.
During the 55-minute rain delay, Virat was still at 71 and India was at 305 / 4. After the break, India would add 33 runs to the scoreboard in 3.2 overs in the form of a partnership between Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar. This was also a tall target for Pakistan, who were expecting to register their first ever win against India, in the world cup.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar limped off at 2.4 overs but the rest of the bowlers managed to step it up with Vijay Shankar completing Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s over. In the first ball, he captured Imam-ul-Haq’s wicket. Finally, by the end of 5.2 overs, he had already achieved 2 for 22. Kuldeep was equally guile and agile blazing India through a threatening second-wicket partnership. This was also the highest ever for Pakistan against India in a World Cup.
Vijay Shankar defeated Zaman’s sweep shot right after he dismissed Azam at 48 and garnered finishing figures of 9-1-32-2 and helping India win the game after Bhuvaneshwar Kumar’s injury. Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim were out cold conceding at least 110 runs from 19 overs and Pakistan did not see brilliance from Amir’s new ball bowling, either. India practically sealed the game after Zaman’s dismissal. Shoaib Malik’s wicket followed right after Mohammad Hafiz off Pandya. If Shoaib Malik does not get a chance to bat for Pakistan again – it marks the end of a great career.
In the second innings after 35 overs, the match was interrupted by rain. The match was all but over with Pakistan standing at 166 for 6 at this point, while the par score for the DLS was 252. Again, the game did resume, and Pakistan still needed 136 runs from 30 balls. Unfortunately, it was not a feat that Pakistan would have been able to achieve.
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