– India 336 for 5; Pakistan 212 for 6
– India remains at the third position in World Cup table
India thrashed Pakistan in match number 22 of ICC Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.
This was the seventh successive win for India against Pakistan in the Cricket World Cup.
How did the match pan out?
India were sent in to bat by Pakistan and the decision backfired. Rohit and Rahul were terrific upfront for the Men in Blue. They laid a strong foundation.
Kohli and Rohit added a solid stand and gave India the momentum for setting a mammoth total of 336
In reply, Pakistan were 117/1 at one stage, but from there on they collapsed to hand India a famous win.
Rohit, Rahul give India the perfect start
Rohit and KL Rahul (57) set a 136-run opening stand. The aggression from Rohit allowed Rahul to play the support role well. The duo negotiated the early phase well and respected Mohammad Amir. This allowed them to have a crack at the other bowlers.
India didn’t allow Pakistani spinners to settle down and showed their intent from the beginning.
Rohit slams third career World Cup century
Rohit scored a majestic 140-run knock off 113 balls. His innings was laced with 14 fours and three sixes at a rate of 123.89.
This was Rohit’s third World Cup career century and a second in CWC19. He became the second player after Joe Root to score two tons in the ongoing World Cup. Rohit smashed third consecutive 50+ score in 2019 WC.
Kohli chips in as well, strikes 51st career ODI fifty
Post Rahul’s dismissal, Virat Kohli played a brilliant hand. He took his time in the beginning and then opened his hands once Rohit got out.
The two batsmen added a 98-run partnership for the second wicket. Kohli rotated the strike well and hit a second consecutive fifty. He also added a 51-run stand with Hardik Pandya (26) and gave India the desired momentum.
Amir shines with the ball for Pakistan but in vain
Mohammad Amir was the only shining light for Pakistan. He bowled his heart out and was excellent in his first spell.
Amir was rewarded with three big wickets at the death. He dismissed the likes of Pandya, MS Dhoni (1) and Kohli.
Amir also was very economical and continued his fine run in CWC19. He now has 13 wickets in the World Cup 2019.
Kuldeep, Pandya and Shankar overpower Pakistani batsmen
Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets in three delieveries to spark a collapse after Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman looked to consolidate. Hardik Pandya was on a hat-trick after dismissing Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik off successive balls to reduce Pak to 129 for 5.
Vijay Shankar was called in to finish Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s over after he limped off. Shankar replied with a wicket off his first World Cup ball.
Not only the fans worldwide, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli himself was amazed by Shankar’s wicket-taking delievery.
Kohli fastest to 11,000 ODI runs
Kohli surpassed the 11,000-run mark in ODIs. He became the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs (222 innings). The Indian skipper became the ninth batsman in ODI history to achieve this mark.
Kohli also became the third Indian cricketer to get past this mark. Only Sachin Tendulkar (18,426) and Sourav Ganguly (11,221) have more runs for India in ODIs.