Belligerent Rohit Sharma helps India register a comprehensive win over Pakistan

The highly anticipated World Cup game between India and Pakistan turned out to be one-sided contest staged at Old Trafford in Manchester. Opener Rohit Sharma produced scintillating 140 runs to see India post 336 runs on the board. In reply, Pakistan struggled to get going in their inning and lost the game by 89 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method. With this result, India have now seven games in a row against Pakistan in World Cup competition.

Earlier in the day, Pakistan Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and had no hesitation in bowling first due to overcast conditions. Rohit Sharma and Lokesh Rahul got India off to an excellent start and added 136 runs to lay down ideal foundation for the likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni to play their natural game.

Rahul played well in his first World Cup game in the opening position and scored 57 off 78 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Wahab Riaz provided crucial breakthrough for the side to see India lose their first wicket in the 24th over of the innings.

Rohit Sharma looked in sublime form with the bat and smashed a couple of boundaries off the bowling of Hasan Ali to see India take control of the game. Indian Captain Virat Kohli was happy to play second fiddle to Sharma, who decided to shift gear in his innings. He brought up 24th century off just 85 balls. He smashed a sizzling six off the bowling of Hasan Ali to see Pakistan look short of ideas on the field.

Rohit Sharma scored 140 off 113 balls with the help of 14 fours and 3 sixes. Hasan Ali dismissed Sharma as he tried an extravagant scoop on the leg-side in the 39th over of the innings. Virat Kohli decided to take the attack to the Pakistani bowlers and smashed consecutive boundaries off Hasan Ali to complete 11,000 runs for India in limited-overs cricket. Kohli scored 77 off 65 balls with the help of seven boundaries.

Hardik Pandya also looked in great form and scored 26 off 19 balls with the help of two fours and a six. Kedhar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar added crucial runs at the end to see India post 336 for 5 after 50 overs.

Rohit Sharma’s scintillating century saw India register a comprehensive win over arch-rivals Pakistan in a World Cup game played at Manchester.

For Pakistan, Mohammad Amir was the standout bowler on display and picked up three wickets in his ten overs. Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim bowled well and conceded less than five runs an over in his ten overs.

Chasing a mammoth 337 runs to win, Imam-ul-Haq was the first to go as Vijay Shankar trapped him right in front of the stumps. Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a probing two over spell before he had to leave the field due to a hamstring issue. Jaspreet Bumrah also bowled exceedingly well with the new-ball and did not allow Fakhar Zaman to free his arms in the initial Powerplay overs.

Fakhar was joined by Babar Azam as the duo led the recovery for Pakistan after the loss of early wicket. The duo put on a 104-run partnership to rebuild the innings for Pakistan. Zaman decided to take on Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal in the middle overs of the innings. He brought his half-century off 59 balls.

Left-arm Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav delivered a peach of a delivery to get rid of Azam, who chipped in with 48 runs off 57 balls. In his next over, he dismissed Zaman, who played an ambitious sweep, only to see Chahal take a clean catch at short fine-leg.

Hardik Pandya dismissed the experienced duo of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik to see Pakistan reeling at 129 for 5 after 27 overs. Sarfaraz Ahmed and co. never recovered as they could only post 212 for 6 in 40 overs to see India register an emphatic win at Manchester.

For India, Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets apiece. Jaspreet Bumrah bowled well and failed to pick up a wicket in his eight overs.

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