India remain unbeaten against Pakistan in World Cup
India crunch a huge win against Pakistan in Manchester to keep their unbeaten streak going in the World Cup.
A hyped-up game in the beginning, but a one-sided game in the end. That has been the story of the India-Pakistan in the recent past and it was no different in Machester on Sunday as well. Pakistan stood no chance against the men in blue as they suffered a huge defeat by 89 runs in a rain-affected game.
Pakistan lost the plot in the very beginning after skipper Sarfraz Ahmed put India to bat first. Rohit Sharma led a relentless Indian attack on Pakistan with a 24th century, once again underlying his worth at the top of the order and made his name. Rohit’s knock, couple by Virat Kohli‘s firing half-century and KL Rahul‘s patient 57, laid the foundation for India’s 336 for 5. It was also India’s highest ever total against Pakistan in the World Cup.
In reply, Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq early. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman repaired the early damage well with a century stand, but they failed to accelerate the run-rate.
From 117 for 1, Pakistan collapsed to 129 for 5, and never recovered. At 166 for 6 in 35 overs, rain intervened for the 3rdtime, and with another hour lost, the revised equation for Pakistan was to score 302 from 40 overs, meaning the battle is already over and it was a only a matter of formality.
Pakistan played down the last five overs without losing any more wicket. Vijay, Hardik and Kuldeep Yadav all picked up two wickets each to secure a huge win for Kohli and his men.
IND 336/5 (50.0)
PAK 212/6 (40.0)
Result: India won by 89 runs (DL method)