Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred in three innings as India maintained their unbeaten record against Pakistan at the World Cup with an 89-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method on Sunday (June 16).
Toss: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to send India in to bat first.
First Innings: Rohit Sharma smashed his second century of the World Cup and skipper Virat Kohli made 77 to power India to 336 for five. Put into bat under a grey sky, India got off to a strong start with Lokesh Rahul, replacing injured Shikhar Dhawan at the top, and Rohit forging a 136-run stand for the opening wicket. Rohit made 140 off 113 balls and raised 98 runs with Kohli but Mohammad Amir’s tight bowling at the death overs denied India a 350-plus total. Amir was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers claiming 3-47.
Second Innings: Pakistan got off to a dismal start as they lost Imam-ul-Haq (7) early. Vijay Shankar gave India the first breakthrough, trapping him leg before wicket in the fifth over. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman then lifted Pakistan with a steady 104-run stand for the second wicket. Kuldeep Yadav then struck at the right time to dismiss both batsmen in quick succession. Yadav first bowled out Azam (48) and then ended Zaman’s (62) stay. Hardik Pandya then joined the party dismissing Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik with consecutive deliveries of the 27th over. With rain coming on again, the second innings was truncated to 40 overs. Pakistan needed 130 runs to win in the last five overs when play resumed, which was always going to be a bridge too far.
Brief Scores: IND 336/5 in 50 overs | PAK 212/6 in 40 overs (DLS method)
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18 July, 2019