Finally India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (on DRS) to register their third win in World Cup 2019.
India kept their 100 percent record against Pakistan in the World Cup as they beat their arch-rivals by 89 runs in Duckworth/Lewis method at the Old Trafford, Manchester on Monday. Its a 7-0 streaks against Pakistan in world cup history for India.
Pakistan lost wickets in regular intervals chasing 337 after India made 336/5 batting first.
They made a slow but steady start as they reached 117-1 in 24th over but they wickets in clusters from then on and were in the brink as they made 166/6 in 35 overs when rain stopped play.
After the rain break Pakistan got a new target of 302 runs from 40 overs. After resumption they finished the match on 212-6.
Earlier, captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and asked India to bat first in their ICC Cricket World Cup fixture in Manchester.
Ind vs Pak was the marquee match of this World Cup, and billions of people would be tuning in to their TV sets, radios and on the internet for updates of this match. Rain was forecast heavily for this match, but thankfully the skies seem to be clear for the time being.
Lokesh Rahul, who is opening the batting due to the injury to regular opener Shikhar Dhawan has looked solid so far. Mohammad Amir bowled four economical overs but Pakistan leaked runs at the other end.
They had a huge opportunity in the 10th over when the openers made miscommunication while running between the wickets. The fielder threw at the wrong end and Sharma survived and he proceeded to race to a 34-ball 50 as India reached 79 for no loss in 12 overs.
India’s Rohit Sharma hit his second hundred in three innings to leave bitter rivals Pakistan needing to make World Cup history on Sunday. Sharma’s 140 was the centrepiece of India’s 336 for five at Old Trafford as they looked to make it seven wins out of seven against Pakistan at the World Cup.
Meanwhile, Virat Kohli became the quickest player to reach 11,000 one-day international runs during his innings of 77. The India captain reached the landmark in his 222nd innings, smashing compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 276 innings.
Mohammad Amir was the pick of Pakistani bowlers as he picked up three wickets bowled economically.
Pakistan lost wickets in regular intervals chasing 337 against India. They were in the brink as they made 166/6 in 35 overs when rain stopped play.
Pakistan looked to fight till the end as Fakhar and Babar looked good at the crease. However, four quick wickets, two a piece for Kuldeep and Pandya, put India on course for another win. Fakhar Zaman reaches his half century as Pakistan move closer to the target.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam steady the ship for Pakistan as they score runs carefully and comfortably. The two batsmen are slowly building a partnership despite a stumping scare from Dhoni off Kuldeep Yadav’s ball.
Rain reduces the match to 40 overs and the revised target for Pakistan in 302, meaning they will need 136 runs in five overs. But Pakistan couldn’t and they finished the match on 212-6.
Drizzles around the stadium stopped play just as Pakistan looked to gain some momentum as they took wickets of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in quick successions.
India come into this match in fourth position, with five points from three matches. The men in blue are one of the two unbeaten teams of this World Cup so far, having beaten South Africa and defending champions Australia while the match against New Zealand being washed out.
Pakistan, on the other hand, were blown away by the West Indies before resurrecting themselves with a thrilling win against hosts England. The green shirts then had their game against Sri Lanka washed out before losing against Australia despite a valiant fight in their last match. They sit second from bottom with three points from four games.
Pakistan made two changes for this game. Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim come back, replacing Asif Ali and Shaheen Shah Afridi. Kohli Vijay Shankar replaces injured Shikhar Dhawan for India.
Pakistan are currently ninth in the 10-team table.
India versus Pakistan matches have, over the years, produced some heated rivalries and epic moments, be it at the World Cup or elsewhere, but its not always about rivalries and bitterness between these two neighbors.
There are heartwarming stories, too, like this one, underneath the apparent tension.
More than a billion fans were set to watch the match on television, while there were some 800,000 applications for tickets to watch the match at an Old Trafford ground where the maximum capacity is 26,000.
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