The Hitman's (Rohit Sharma) fantastic century and the Run-machine (Virat Kohli) master-class show before the wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav's magical spell (2/32) helped Men-in-Blue to vanquish Pakistan by 89 runs in the rain-interrupted 2019 ICC World Cup clash at Manchester's Old Trafford stadium on Sunday.
Rohit and Virat lit up the Old Trafford Stadium with their powerful hitting. It was a treat to watch Rohit & Virat Kohli sensational stroke play and the duo smashed the Pak bowlers all round the park. Let us have a look at the highlights between India and Pakistan
Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and decided to chase the target at Old Trafford ground.
India have made 1 change, Vijay Shankar came in place of Shikhar Dhawan
Pakistan have made 2 changes, Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim were replaced by Shaheen Afridi and Asif Ali.
India got off to a dream start as Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul played aggressively from the first ball itself as the duo scored 136-run partnership for the opening wicket.
Rohit was in supreme form as he scored his second century in the ongoing 2019 World Cup in vintage fashion. At the non-striker's end, KL Rahul gave him full support as both the openers broke some records for the first wicket partnership against arch-rivals Pakistan.
The Bangalore born batsman KL Rahul made 57 runs in 73 balls with 3 beautiful hits to the fence and 2 huge hits into the stands before being out in Riaz's bowling.
India's captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma were the top scorers in the game. Rohit Sharma slammed 140 runs in 113 balls with 14 hits to the rope and 3 hits above the rope. The world No 1 batsman Virat Kohli made 77 runs in 65 balls with 7 boundaries.
Both the players established the 98-run partnership for the second wicket. Rohit mainly attacked the Pakistan spinners Imad Wasim and Shadb Khan to raise the run rate.
Rohit was dismissed in the 39th over in Hasan Ali's bowling while Kohli got out in Amir's bowling in the 48th over. Hardik Pandya made a useful contribution for the team as he scored 26 runs in 19 balls with 2 fours and 1 six. MS Dhoni got out for a single run in Amir's bowling.
Indian managed to score 336 runs with the loss of 5 wickets in their quota of 50 overs. Mohammad Amir scalped 3 wickets while Hasan Ali and Wahab Riaz chipped a wicket each.
Chasing a massive target of 337 runs, Pakistan faced an early hiccup as left hand opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq (7 runs) was trapped by Vijay Shankar in the 5th over.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam played well and added 104-run partnership for the second wicket. They both look like chasing the target but unfortunately misjudged by the Kuldeep's delivery.
Fakhar Zaman scored 62 runs in 75 balls with 7 boundaries and 1 hit above the rope while No 3 slot batsman Babar Azam made 48 runs in 57 balls with 3 fours and 1 six. Kuldeep Yadav bowled beautifully as he trapped both the batsmen with his magical balls.
Pakistan in the 23rd over scored 116 runs with the loss of 1 wicket and their batting line-up collapsed in just 4 overs as they made 129/5 in the 27th over.
Veterans Mohammad Hafeez (9) and Shoaib Malik (0) were out in Hardik Pandya's bowling as Pakistan fans in the stadium despite the hopes about the win.
Sarfaraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim tried to repair Pakistan's innings but their 36-run partnership ended with the dismissal of Sarfaraz Ahmed (12) in Shankar's bowling.
The rain has been interrupted in the 35th over for almost 50 minutes, according to the DRS, Pakistan to chase 302 runs in 40 overs but they scored 166 after rain interruption. Imad Wasim scored 46 runs in 39 balls with 6 beautiful boundaries.
Finally, Pakistan managed to score 212 runs with the loss of 6 wickets in 40 overs. Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav snared 2 wickets each. Men-in-Blue won by 89 runs in DLS method against arch-rivals Pakistan.
India: 336/5 in 50 overs (Rohit 140, KL Rahul 57, Kohli 77; Amir 3/47).
Pakistan: 212/6 in 40 overs (Fakhar 62, Babar Azam 48, Imad Wasim 46; Kuldeep 2/32).
Player-of-the-Match: Rohit Sharma
In the next World Cup match, West Indies will lock horns with Bangladesh at Cooper Associates County Ground in Taunton on June 17.
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