India again achieved splendid victory over Pakistan with an exceptional 89-run in World Cup cricket at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. The team of Virat Kohli once again proved their capability despite raining during the mega clash. When the raining started again, Pakistan scored 166 for six and with the match reduced to 40 overs. Pakistan required 136 off 30 balls after DLS calculations. India finished the match making it the seventh win in a row against Pakistan in World Cups. India’s win helped them to come to the third position in the World Cup points and gained seven points from four matches.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma performed extremely well in batting and so Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya in balling which helped India to completely left behind Pakistan team. Pakistan, chasing 337 to win, were dealt an early blow as Vijay Shankar struck in the fifth over to remove the dangerous Imam-ul-Haq for 7. After the strike of Shankar, the challenge for Pakistan became even harder. However, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam steadily brought their team on track.
Fakhar and Babar scored 104 for the second wicket what seemed to be Pakistan would give a tough fight to India. But just then, Kuldeep Yadav struck twice to get rid of both Fakhar (62) and Babar (48).
Pakistan got even more worried after Hardik Pandya took back to back two wickets in two balls, first removing Mohammad Hafeez (9) and then Shoaib Malik (0). Next Sarfaraz Ahmed was turned out for 12 by Vijay Shankar. Pakistan finished with 212 for six-way short of the revised target.
India’s 336 for five featured opener Rohit Sharma who scored 140 making his second hundred in three innings this tournament and captain Virat Kohli scored 77. Regular opener Shikhar Dhawan was sidelined as he had a thumb injury. After the match, Kohli said, “It was an outstanding with the ball on a good batting track. You have to bowl well. You can’t take things for granted. That 30 runs gives you the luxury.” Meanwhile, Kohli broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record to become the quickest player to reach 11,000 ODI runs during his innings of 77.