When India and Pakistan lock horns with each other, the excitement obviously takes the rise. No matter how much the captains from each side tag it as “just another game” the pressure and intensity are little higher in comparison to other encounters.
So far in this World Cup, India have had a pretty convincing win (against South Africa and Australia) and had a match washed away due to rain while on the other side, Pakistan are struggling to get their momentum back but Virat Kohli’s side can’t sit back and be at ease. The two teams will take on each other on Sunday in Manchester.
2345 hrs IST: India beat Pakistan by 89 runs (D/L Method)
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2300 hrs IST: Match to start in some time. Pakistan need 302 in 40 overs
2200 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya picks up a soft wicket. A leg-stump half volley and Hafeez flicks it straight to deep square leg
2155 hrs IST: WICKET! Another over another wicket for Kuldeep Yadav. This time it is Fakhar Zaman who has perished after trying to go a sweep. The left-hander doesn’t time that one well and Chahal completes an easy catch at short fine leg
2150 hrs IST: WICKET! Babar Azam has been castled by Kuldeep Yadav just as a partnership was building
2135 hrs IST: Fakhar Zaman gets to his half-century with a maximum. Zaman and Babar Azam have steadied the ship for Pakistan
2130 hrs IST: India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar will not take part in the remainder of the ICC World Cup 2019 match against Pakistan after suffering a hamstring injury on his left leg.
2025 hrs IST: What a start from Vijay Shankar with the ball. He came to complete Bhuvi’s over and scalps a wicket straight away
Both Bumrah and Bhuvi have Pak openers on edge with bounce and movement. Sudden life in the pitch or just better bowling?— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 16, 2019
2015 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah have given a decent start to India with the ball
2000 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah tries a yorker but bowls a full-toss outside off-stump and Fakhar Zaman hammers it away for a four
1930 hrs IST: India post 336/5 in 50 overs
1915 hrs IST: WICKET! The break has done the trick for Pakistan. Amir gets rid off Kohli who is gone for 77. Kohli tries to pull a short delivery from Amir but it just brushes the woodwork and the skipper is gone
1900 hrs IST: The teams are back on the field after the break. And we have the first boundary after the halt
1825 hrs IST: RAIN stops play in Manchester. India are 305/4 in 46.4 overs with Virat Kohli and Vijay Shankar out in the middle
Ruk jaaa barish bas bi kar abh pic.twitter.com/5790hHkA8C— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 16, 2019
1815 hrs IST: GONE! MS Dhoni is undone by Mohammad Amir for 1. He tries to slash a length delivery but only manages to edge it and Sarfaraz takes an easy one behind the stumps
1810 hrs IST: Virat Kohli fastest to 11000 ODI runs. He took 222 innings to achieve the feat
1805 hrs IST: WICKET! Mohammad Amir removes Hardik Pandya who goes for the aerial shot but miscues it and gives a catch to Babar Azam in the deep
1800 hrs IST: Virat Kohli goes past the 50-run mark. India are eyeing a big total in Manchester as Hardik Pandya is looking in good touch as well
1730 hrs IST: WICKET! Pakistan remove a dangerous-looking Rohit Sharma. Hasan Ali bowls a back og the length delivery to Sharma and he tries to go over short fine leg but miscues it and Wahab takes a sitter
1715 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit Sharma goes for a slog sweep and that has gone to the boundary very quickly
1700 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma brings up his 24th ODI ton, second against Pakistan
1635 hrs IST: WICKET! Pakistan finally have a wicket Wahab Riaz removes KL Rahul for 57 off 78. Rahul tried to go through the covers but didn’t time the ball well and gave a straight forward catch to Babar Azam stationed at Extra Cover
1630 hrs IST: SIX! Mohammad Hafeez has already been hammered for 11 runs in this over. Indi are 134/0
1615 hrs IST: 50! Now KL gets to his half-century with a six. Short delivery from Shoaib Malik and Rahul dispatches it for a maximum over square leg boundary
1600 hrs IST: KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma bring up 100 runs for India. This has been a wonderful start after losing the toss.
What a start ♥️— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 16, 2019
1550 hrs IST: 50! Rohit Sharma is on fire as he gets to his half-century in 34 balls
Amazing atmosphere at #OldTrafford for #CWC19 #IndvPak. The sun has begun determinedly peeking out from behind the clouds. Rohit middling the ball from the start; Rahul growing in assurance. Pure bliss! pic.twitter.com/ZgsRp51FLo— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) June 16, 2019
1540 hrs IST: SLOPPY! And Pakistan have been dismal in the field in this tournament and they repeat it once again. They have missed out on a runout chance and Sharma gets a lifeline
1530 hrs IST: Pakistan put spin into the attack. Imad Wasim is in for Asif Ali and he starts with a wide
1525 hrs IST: FOUR! Rohit Sharma cuts and cuts hard, hits Hassan Ali for a boundary to square of wicket
Batting beauty, this pitch. Sarfraz must already be wondering if fielding first is the right decision. Might have to chase 300+— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) June 16, 2019
1520 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir has got two official warnings for running on the pitch, one more and he will be done for the match
Look who gave a low down of the BIG CLASH between India & Pakistan LIVE from Old Trafford before the start of the game – @RanveerOfficial himself #TeamIndia #INDvPAK #CWC19 ???????????????????? pic.twitter.com/NaNKOY5YEw— BCCI (@BCCI) June 16, 2019
1500 hrs: FOUR! Rahul pulls that one away for a boundary. He is looking good so far but Rohit Sharma is in some pressure. He has had a shaky start, maybe the CT 2017 final nightmare is still fresh in his mind
1440 hrs: Teams:
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan wins an important toss and will bowl first in good conditions. But if India gets a big score, then the Pakistani batsmen could face pressure. DL or no DL.— Vikram Chandra (@vikramchandra) June 16, 2019
Pakistan (Playing XI): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
1435: Virat Kohli: We would have bowled first to be honest. Wicket looks really nice. We will be in good set if he bat well. That’s the kind of attention this game brings but once when you enter the field it is all about playing your game. We have been playing good cricket and we don’t want to tinker much with the team combination.
Sarfaraz Ahmed: We will bowl first. It is raining so conditions are good for bowling. We have quality spinners and we have backed them today. We are not thinking about 6-0.
1430 hrs: TOSS! Pakistan have won the toss and they have elected to bowl first. Vikay Shankar gets a match as he replaces Shikhar Dhawan.
1420 hrs IST: PITCH AND WEATHER REPORT. The overcast condition is still there while the pitch looks dry. The captain who wins the toss might look to bat first and put runs on the board
Good luck to both to both the teams ! At the end of the day it’s only a game , but the best school of life ! Inspire everyone ! #INDvPAK— Abhinav Bindra OLY (@Abhinav_Bindra) June 16, 2019
Cant wait to witness the match! My bestwishes to the entire team! Good luck @imVkohli #IndianCricketTeam @ICC @cricketworldcup @BCCI @msdhoni #IndVsPak #pakistan #india #CricketWorldCup pic.twitter.com/A9fIgiMG7b— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) June 16, 2019
Is it easy to be an Indian cricket fan especially when it is World Cup time and your team is up against Pakistan? The answer to this is YES. If statistics are to be believed, India are way ahead in the tally to Pakistan, leading them 6-0 in the most prestigious tournament of the game.
But is it only the stats that matter or something else? Yes, apart from stats, another thing that matters to every Indian fan is the zeal that Indian team shows in any competition. No matter, they are succeeding or not, an Indian cricket team’s passion and commitment can never be overlooked.