India maintain WC dominance over Pakistan after 7th win
New Delhi: Team India successfully maintained their World Cup dominance over Pakistan when they beat them by 89 runs (DLS method) at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday.
Yesterday was the arch-rivals India and Pakistan’s seventh World Cup encounter and India has won all seven. With relations between the two neighbours getting strained, cricketing ties have been cut off. Since the two teams will only face each other in multinational tournaments like the World Cup, this match was special for fans across the border.
Coming to the match, Rohit Sharma’s brilliant 140 off 113 runs put India well up ahead of their opponent. He was well supported by his co-opener KL Rahul (57) and captain Virat Kohli (77). Kohli registered another history by becoming the fastest to score 11,000 ODI runs.
Previously, Pakistan had won the toss and opted to field first. Team India took this opportunity to lodge a massive score of 336 at the loss of five wickets with rain interrupting play multiple times.
Pakistan’s star bowler Mohammad Amir took the highest of three wickets followed by Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali scalping one each. Incidentally, both Wahab and Hasan had received warning twice for stepping on the no-go zone of the pitch. Numerous misfields and missed catches were not helping the Pakistani team in any way too.
Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman scored the highest of 62 of 75 balls. Babar Azam’s 48 and Imad Wasim’s 46 did not seem enough for the team in trouble. Indian bowling action was with clinical precision.
Bhuveneswar Kumar’s injury worry was upturned by Vijay Shankar who picked good-looking Fakhar immediately. Kumar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav each took two wickets.
The threat of rain loomed large all day but there were only 2 major interruptions – one towards the end of the Indian innings and the other when Pakistan were on the verge of a huge defeat.