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Rohit, Kuldeep ensure India maintain clean slate vs Pakistan in World Cup

MANCHESTER: Rohit Sharma produced a chic hundred sooner than Kuldeep Yadav flummoxed the Pakistani batsmen as India inflicted a humiliating 89-run defeat on their arch-rivals in a much-hyped World Cup fit, which ultimately became to be a lop-sided affair.


Chasing a stiff 337-run target, Pakistan were already down and out when rain stopped play after 35 overs. They had managed simply 166 runs for the loss of six wickets, nowhere close to the DLS par-score of 252.

When play resumed, the fit was once decreased to 40 overs with a revised target of 302, which meant that Pakistan required 136 runs from 5 overs.

Imad Wasim (46) and Shadab Khan (20) remained unbeaten to end at 212 for six, handing India a comprehensive victory via Duckworth Lewis manner.

If Rohit pummelled a pedestrian Pakistan attack with an excellent 140 off 113 balls in India's 336 for five, Chinaman Yadav (2/32) broke the rival batting spine through putting off set batsmen Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) in successive overs.

The Indian vice-captain scored his 24th ODI hundred - 140 off 113 balls while KL Rahul (57) performed the perfect 2nd fiddle in an opening partnership of 136 runs.

Skipper Virat Kohli switched gears easily throughout his 77 off 65 balls and also was the fastest to 11,000 ODI runs, eclipsing a 17-year report held through iconic Sachin Tendulkar.

This is India's 7th win over Pakistan in the World Cup and prefer the previous six times, the standard of the competition did not live as much as the hype created.

Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed erred in his choice making throughout, first with crew selection and then through opting to field. The defensive way throughout the game, additionally did not help his facet.

Knowing that rain could play spoilsport, they by no means took the Duckworth-Lewis par rating under consideration, letting India bowlers dictate the phrases.

It was once a fit where two wrists -- Rohit's supple wrists and Kuldeep's power -- gained it for India.

The old adage ‘Revenge is a dish best served cold' could not have been extra apt in cold and rainy Manchester night time as 'Men In Blue' exacted the revenge of the 2017 Champions Trophy final defeat.

The first part was once all about Rohit pulverising Pakistani bowlers with cuts and pulls while the second belonged to Yadav, who first bamboozled Babar with a break-back delivery and then pressured Zaman to play a suicidal paddle shot.

This was once after their 104-run stand as Pakistan from 117 for 1 slumped to 129 for five very quickly and their lovers began trudging out of Old Trafford floor.

Hardik Pandya (2/44) did turn out his all-round value through putting off the 2 veterans Mohammed Hafeez (9) and Shoaib Malik (0) off successive deliveries ensuring that Bhuvneshwar Kumar's hobbling out due to stiff hamstring does now not impact them at all.

Earlier, regardless of heavy rains and overcast conditions throughout the past few days, the pitch had little or no moisture and became out to be a batting beauty which Rohit and the opposite Indian batsmen exploited to the fullest.

Mohammed Amir (3/47) pitched the ball up and maintained discipline regardless of a couple of reputable 'warnings' for working onto the pitch while Wahab Riaz (1/71) and Hasan Ali (1/84) bowled brief persistently.

Courtesy Amir, Pakistan did make a comeback in the final few overs as India managed most effective 38 runs in the final 5 overs. Vijay Shankar (15 off 15 balls) struggled together with his timing, failing to learn Amir's cutters.

The solution to field two spinners -- Imad Wasim (0/49) and leg-spinner Shadab Khan (0/61) -- didn't paintings for Pakistan. Their veteran part-timers Shoab Malik and Mohammed Hafeez bowled one over each and every.

Pakistan bowlers bowled full length balls, which labored to Rohit's power as he performed two photographs - pull and lower throughout his innings that had 14 limitations and three sixes.

Unlike the Champions Trophy final, the Indians were sure from the beginning. Rahul pulled Amir for a boundary and then Rohit creamed off runs from Hasan Ali.

Rohit additionally handled the lovers with some deft overdue cuts, back cuts and higher cuts and the occasional slog over deep mid-wicket.

When Riaz came to bowl, he erred both in line and length as his solution to pepper the Indian batsmen with brief pitch stuff backfired. He lost rhythm after getting a warning for stepping onto the ‘bad house' and needed to come around the wicket.

The most effective time he seemed good was once when he bowled full slower delivery to Rahul, who lobbed it to the quilt fielder.

Hardik Pandya scored 26 off 19 balls throughout his hit and miss effort while Mahendra Singh Dhoni edged one off Amir in the back of the stumps after which rain stopped lawsuits.

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