7-0! The most recent one accompanied a determined articulation, inside a stadium shaking with incoherent Indian fans here on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma‘s masterclass show throughout the rain-interrupted clash as India outflanked Pakistan once more in a World Cup game, storming to an 89-run win (DLS method) to keep their winning run in the ongoing World Cup.
Pakistan’s hunt of their maiden World Cup triumph over their most despised rival continues.
After India set up a mammoth score of 336/5 batting first, Pakistan’s answer was obstructed by an absence of intent and a disciplined, unyielding performance in the field by the Men in Blue. After a limp start – Pakistan’s score of 38/0 after 10 overs is the slowest powerplay aggregate in this World Cup until now – Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam looked like taking the battle to India in a stand worth 104. But when Pakistan lost their four wickets in quick succession made it a no challenge remained for India.
A light shower at around 6 pm ceased play for some time. When it continued around 40 minutes later, Pakistan required an incomprehensible 136 off 30 balls by the D/L method.
On the day, India was the prevalent superior team both on the paper and on the field. While batting, India didn’t let Shikhar Dhawan‘s nonappearance hinder them with KL Rahul filling up more than adequately.
It was hard to state who shone the brightest at the Old Trafford on Sunday – the sun which made a truly necessary and welcome appearance or Rohit Sharma’s strokeplay which uplifted this historic venue with its silken grace.
For a moment, Rohit restored the memory of Sachin Tendulkar’s sliced six off Shoaib Akhtar in the 2003 World Cup by cutting Ali over point boundary in a similar fashion.
The opening partnership of 136, India’s best against Pakistan in the World Cup, gave the team a solid foundation. Captain Kohli, somewhat scrappy in the first some overs of his play ensured India’s hold over the game with his 77 (65 balls, 4×7) before getting out.
Moreover, it was a team effort which brought Pakistan on their knees at the Old Trafford.