India continued their winning streak against Pakistan in World Cup as they defeated the arch-rivals by 89 runs (D/L method) in Manchester on Sunday. After winning the toss, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed elected to bowl first on a dry strip.
Mohammad Amir started off well for Pakistan as he did create problems for India openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. But despite Amir’s efforts, Pakistan failed to put a halt on their scoring rate, courtesy some good batting as well sloppy fielding.
The Indian openers put on a 136-run stand for the first wicket before Rahul was dismissed for 57 by Wahab Riaz. Sharma on the other side went on to score runs and notched up his 24th ODI ton in the process and scored 140 off just 113 balls.
India lost a couple of quick wickets in middle overs but were looking to post a big total when rain played a spoilsport in 47th over and covers were called on. But soon the game was resumed and India eventually put on 336/5 in 50 overs. Captain Virat Kohli scored 77 off 65 while Amir returned with figures of 3/47 in his quota of 10.
In reply, Pakistan lost an early wicket in the form of Imam-ul-Haq after he was trapped in front of the stumps by Vijay Shankar for 7. Later, Babar Azam and Fakhar Azam held on to the innings and steadied the ship for their side but the two were removed in quick succession by Kuldeep Yadav to reduce Pakistan to 126/3.
A couple of overs later, Hardik Pandya scalped Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik on consecutive deliveries before covers were once again called on due to rain. After the play was resumed, Pakistan lost captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and were left tottering at 166/6.
Soon after Sarfaraz’s dismissal, the rain stopped the play for the third time and the D/L method came into play where Pakistan needed to score 302 off 40 overs. Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan were at the crease when they resumed batting. The two remained unbeaten till the end but failed to take their side over the line. For India, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep, and Pandya picked a couple of wickets apiece as Pakistan scored 212/6 in 40 overs.
Sad but #PakVsIndia is no longer a great cricketing rivalry. It’s one-sided dominance.— Abhijit Majumder (@abhijitmajumder) June 16, 2019
Pakistan are now minnows getting soundly beaten each time except rare upsets. India are too superior in every dept.
Wonder how Pakistan managed to destroy their own cricketing brilliance.
Another strike on Pakistan by #TeamIndia and the result is same.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) June 16, 2019
Congratulations to the entire team for this superb performance.
Every Indian is feeling proud and celebrating this impressive win. #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/XDGuG3OiyK
This was Pakistan’s seventh loss to India on the trot in a World Cup fixture.