ICC World Cup 2019 Match 22 India vs Pakistan in Manchester: Rohit Sharma’s magnificent 24th ODI hundred was backed by a completely professional bowling performance as India continued their winning streak over Pakistan in World Cup history on Sunday. Skipper Virat Kohli (77) and KL Rahul (57) also contributed with crucial half-centuries to propel India to a mammoth 336/5 in 50 overs. In absence of Shikhar Dhawan, Rahul played the perfect second fiddle in an opening partnership of 137 runs. Chasing a stiff 337-run target, Pakistan were already down and out when rain stopped play after 35 overs. They had managed just 166 runs for loss of six wickets, nowhere near the DLS par-score of 302. (MATCH HIGHLIGHTS)
Kuldeep Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar picked up two wickets each as India crushed Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) at the iconic Old Trafford, Manchester Courtesy this victory, India have maintained a near-perfect record over their arch-rivals Pakistan. The juggernaut which started way back in 1992, continued in 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011, 2015, and 2019. Pakistan have never been very competitive against India in World Cups. (SCORECARD)
Earlier, Rohit pulverised a pedestrian Pakistan attack with a stylish hundred to lead India to a challenging 336 versus their arch-rivals. Despite heavy rains and overcast conditions during the past few days, the pitch had very little moisture and turned out to be a batting beauty which Rohit and the other Indian batsmen exploited to the fullest. Skipper Kohli switched gears effortlessly during his 77 off 65 balls and also became the quickest to 11,000 ODI runs, eclipsing a 17-year record held by iconic Sachin Tendulkar.
Mohammed Amir (3/47) pitched the ball up and maintained discipline despite a couple of official ‘warnings’ for running onto the pitch while Wahab Riaz (1/71) and Hasan Ali (1/84) bowled short consistently.
Courtesy Amir, Pakistan did make a comeback in the final few overs as India managed only 38 runs in the final five overs. Vijay Shankar (15 off 15 balls) struggled with his timing, failing to read Amir’s cutters. The strategy to field two spinners — Imad Wasim (0/49) and leg-spinner Shadab Khan (0/61) — didn’t work for Pakistan. Their veteran part-timers Shoab Malik and Mohammed Hafeez bowled one over each.
Pakistan bowlers bowled full-length balls, which worked to Rohit’s strength as he played two shots pull and cut during his innings that had 14 boundaries and three sixes.