India beat Pakistan by 89 runs D/L method in ICC Cricket World Cup
Rohit Sharma brilliant knock 140 off 113, skipper Virat Kohli 77 off 65 and Kuldeep Yadav's 2/32 were the factors that helped India beat Pakistan by 89 runs D/L method in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Rohit Sharma brilliant knock 140 off 113, skipper Virat Kohli 77 off 65 and Kuldeep Yadav’s 2/32 were the factors that helped India beat Pakistan by 89 runs D/L method in the ICC Cricket World Cup at Old Trafford on Sunday.
This was Rohit’s 24th ODI century while Virat Kohli also created another milestone in his ODI career becoming the fastest to reach 11,000 runs surpassing cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar’s record.
Rohit Sharma was also adjudged Man of the Match for his brilliant 140.
The run machine from 222 innings became the fastest to achieve this feat breaking the previous record set by Tendulkar who took 276 innings.
Kohli who scored 57 runs against Pakistan here in the ICC Cricket World Cup accomplished this feat.
The Indian skipper has also became the third Indian and ninth in the world to reach the 11,000 mark. From 220 ODIs, Virat’s average is 59.47. He holds the best score of 183 runs in the ODI format.
With this win India have jumped to third spot from earlier fourth gaining 7 points from 4 matches while Australia stay at top and New Zealand also remain static at second while England have slipped to fourth from third. Pakistan from 5 matches are at 9th spot.
After put into bat, men in blue started cautiously but later Rohit hammered Pakistani bowlers, while on the other side his opening partner KL Rahul, who replaced Shikhar Dhawan, took his time to settle down. Pakistan got a couple of chances to quench their wicket’s thirst as Rohit, leading from the front, could have been run out but neighbours failed to utilise those chances and Rohit kept the score board running as India marched to set for a big scores.
Indian were off to fine start with the openers putting up 136 runs for the first wicket, but in 23.5 over, Pakistan finally got their much waited wicket and broke the partnership as Rahul was sent to the pavilion on a score of 57 runs off 77 balls. He was caught by Babar Azam on Wahab Riaz’s ball.
Though Rahul’s wicket gave Pakistan some relief but the it was difficult to stop men in blue from scoring runs as on the other side Rohit was at his best to keep the score board running. Rohit with Kolhi stitched 98-runs-partnership for the second wicket and completed his second century in the World Cup 2019 after the 122 not out he scored against South Africa in India’s opener in the tournament.
Rohit innings included 14 fours and 3 sixes. However Rohit’s journey came to an end in 38.2 over, when he tried to play a ball being bowled by Hassan Ali but he failed to get the desired connection and Riaz took a simple catch inside the ring.
Hardik Pandya who accompanied Kohli, after Rohit’s dismissal, could have done a bit well, but unfortunately, after adding 51 runs with him, Pandya departed on a score of 26 runs in the 43rd over. India were at 285/3.
However, on the other end Kohli (77 runs off 64 balls) played handsomely and also the Indian skipper, became the fastest to score 11,000 One-day International (ODI) runs, breaking Sachin Tendulkar’s record in the process. Virat Kohli reached the milestone in 222 innings to become the new holder
of the record after Sachin Tendulkar had achieved the milestone in 276 innings.
The former Indian skipper, MS Dhoni failed to contribute much in the match and departed on a score of 1 run. He was caught by Sarfaraz Ahmed on Mohammad Amir’s ball.
India were 305/4 with Virat Kohli unbeaten on 71 in the 47th over when it started raining and the play was halted for nearly 50 minutes and no over was lost. When the play resumed, Kohli who was doing fine with his bat, was dismissed in the same over by Mohammad Amir.
In the last over, Vijay Shankar (15) and Kedar Jadhav (9) took the charge and took India to 336 runs.
After 35th over Pakistan were 166/6 and rain started and play was halted, but later started again as overs were reduced to 40 over game and revised target was set at 302 from earlier 337.
In reply Pakistan needed 136 off 30 balls after losing 6 wickets.
Pakistan had a shaky opening after Imam-ul-Haq had to go in the 5th over lbw by Shankar at 13/1. Imam scored 7 off 18 (1 four).
Pakistan now needed a strong partnership like Rohit Sharma and K L Rahul who put up 136 run for first wicket in which they succeeded after Imam’s departure, Babar Azam came in and along with Fakhar Zaman put a spirited fight adding 104 runs on board for the second wicket.
With this partnership going solid it looked Pakistan had a golden opportunity to take revenge against India, but it was Kuldeep Yadav who gave a breakthrough sending Babar Azam back in the 24th over at 117/2. Azam scored 48 off 57 ( 3fours, 1 six).
Babar Azam gone, Pakistan lacked fighting spirit as Indian bowlers ripped their batting line-up especially Kuldeep Yadav who was at its best as Pakistan wickets kept falling at regular intervals.
Fakhar Zaman stood firm at the other end with no support from other players as wickets kept tumbling, but Fakhar’s innings also ended Kuldeep taking his wicket in 26th over at 126/3. Zaman put 62 off 75 (7 fours, 1 six).
Then Mohammad Hafeez (9) in 27th over 129/4, Shoaib Malik (0), in 27th over at 129/5, However, there was some good partnership of 36 runs between Imad Wasim and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed for sixth wicket. But Sarfaraz stay was short after bowled by Shankar at 12 off 30 in 35th over. At this stage Pakistan were 165/6.
But before 36th over could start rain stopped the game, but later on the overs were reduced to 40 over game and revised target was set at 302 from earlier 337 Pakistan needed 136 off 30 balls after losing 6 wickets.
With still 4 wickets in hand it was an impossible for Pakistan to reach the target.
However, in the end Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan added 47 runs for seventh wicket remaining not out.
Shadab 20 off 14 hit one four while Imad chipped in 46 off 39 with 6 fours.
For India Kuldeep Yadav 2/32, Hardik Pandya 2/44, Vijay Shankar 2/22 were the wicket takers.