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World Cup: India make it 7-0 against a mediocre Pakistan


MANCHESTER: 7-Zero! The latest one got here with an emphatic observation, within a stadium rocking with delirious Indian fanatics here on Sunday.

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Rohit Sharma's masterclass shone in the course of the rain-interrupted clash as India outplayed Pakistan all over again in a World Cup recreation, storming to a 89-run win (DLS manner) to stay their fantastic run within the World Cup going. Pakistan's seek in their maiden World Cup victory over their arch-rivals continues.


After India post a mammoth 336/5 batting first, Pakistan's reply was stymied by way of a lack of intent and a disciplined, unyielding performance within the box by way of the Men in Blue. After a limp get started - Pakistan's rating of 38/Zero after 10 overs is the bottom powerplay total in this World Cup up to now - Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam appeared like taking the fight to India in a stand value 104. But a hunch the place the crew lost four wickets for 12 runs made it a no contest.

A gentle drizzle at round 6 pm stopped play for some time. When it resumed about 40 mins later, Pakistan vital an unimaginable 136 off 30 balls by way of the D/L equation.

On the day, India had been the superior crew, by way of a mile, in every department of the game. While batting, India didn't let Shikhar Dhawan's absence deter them with KL Rahul filling up more than adequately. Then, they made mild of Bhuvneshwar Kumar's unexpected departure from the sector after bowling handiest 2.Four. Kumar perceived to have pulled his hamstring and took no further phase within the recreation.


It was tough to say who shone the brightest on the Old Trafford on Sunday - the sun which made a much-needed and welcome look or Rohit Sharma's strokeplay which enlivened this ancient venue with its silken grace.

Answering fervent prayers of thousands and thousands of fanatics, climate stepped forward magically to let cricket and a outcome occur. Sharma complemented the altruism of the weather gods with an innings of glowing brilliance to give India wings within the high-pressure recreation.

India had to guard towards dropping early wickets and opener Sharma and Rahul had been equivalent to the task. They had been helped by way of the truth that there was little movement for the seamers to take advantage of in spite of the overcast prerequisites.

Mohammad Amir, anticipated to steer Pakistan's attack, didn't make any dent in his first spell of Four-1-8-Zero. He bowled too quick and wide to be effective. Hasan Ali was handled harshly by way of Sharma as he gave away 26 in his first three overs. Soon, the sun was out and with that got here out Sharma's strokes.

India continue 100% win report towards Pakistan in World Cup

India ease previous Pakistan to make it 7-Zero in World Cup

India won the rain-affected recreation by way of 89 runs underneath the Duckworth-Lewis manner, however that scoreline does little to emphasis the benefit with which Virat Kohli's crew won in a match they dominated with both bat and ball. (Reuters Photo)

Rohit rankings any other dazzling century in World Cup

Scoring 140 in simply 113 balls displays the exemplary degree at which Rohit is playing at and he looked well in a position to happening for a fourth career ODI double century earlier than he were given himself out with an ill-chosen scoop shot. (Reuters Photo)

A Beauty by way of Kuldeep to bowl out Babar

A 'dream' delivery by way of Kuldeep Yadav to bowl out Babar Azam was indubitably a game-changer in this epic victory. (AFP Photo)

Wicket at the debut delivery of the WC

Vijay Shankar, completing Kumar's over, struck first ball when he had opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for seven. Later on he also pushed aside the Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Captains knock strengthens India's batting order

After scoring an impressive 77, Kohli "walked off" on a delivery of Mohammad Amir which later turner out to be not-out. (Reuters Photo)

Rahul proves to be an excellent substitute for Dhawan

An unstoppable Rahul went on to attain an excellent 57 in his first match as an opener within the World Cup. (Reuters Photo)

Hardik: A super all-rounder for the Men in Blue

Along with a fiery 26 of 18 balls, Hardik also took two consecutive wickets of Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. (Reuters Photo)

Amir stood out as the only Ace for Pakistan

Pakistan left-arm fast Mohammad Amir continued his fantastic form with Three-47 in spite of two early warnings for operating at the pitch. (AFP Photo)


The opener, who now has two loads in this World Cup, gloriously pulled Ali for his first six within the sixth over of the innings to set the tone for what followed.


He did survive two run out probabilities. The first reprieve got here when he was on 32 as Fakhar Zaman threw on the fallacious end with the batsman midway down the observe while attempting a 2d run. In the next over, Shadab Khan's deficient throw allowed him to make his flooring on the striker's end. Sharma made Pakistan pay heavily, reaching his 50 off 34 balls and his century off 85.


Rohit revived the reminiscence of Sachin Tendulkar's slashed six off Shoaib Akhtar within the 2003 World Cup by way of reducing Ali over point boundary in an identical type.


The opening partnership of 136, India's easiest towards Pakistan within the World Cup, gave the crew a cast basis. Skipper Kohli, somewhat scrappy initially, soon were given his mythical prowess going and his 77 (65 balls, 4x7) made positive that there was no let-up within the strain Indian batsmen exercised over Pakistan.


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