7-0! India Beat Pak by 89 Runs, Extend World Cup Winning Streak

India have beaten Pakistan by 89 runs for their third victory of the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Updated17 Jun 2019, 05:54 AM IST
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For such an intense rivalry, it's still a lopsided contest when India and Pakistan meet at the Cricket World Cup.

India extended its record to 7-0 against Pakistan at World Cups with an 89-run victory in a rain-interrupted encounter Sunday that likely will remain the most-watched game of the six-week tournament.

India started ominously with Rohit Sharma scoring 140 from 113 deliveries and skipper Virat Kohli contributing 77 in a total of 336-5, a record for a one-day international at Old Trafford.

Pakistan was always behind the run-rate required.

Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) put on 104 for the second wicket but when both were dismissed by left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav within nine balls, Pakistan's hopes faded with them.

Pakistan had slumped to 166/6 by 35th over when rain intervened again. It just prolonged the inevitable — there was no chance of sharing the points because both teams had batted more than 20 overs.

Set a revised target of 302 from 40 overs, the last 30-odd balls were a non-event. Pakistan finished 212-6, and India extend its unbeaten run to four games to start the tournament.

Sharma said the key was not getting caught up in the hype of any rivalry between the countries and the extra attention it brings.

“For us it’s pretty simple, we’re here to win the game, not look at the opposition. We’re here on a mission. Our focus is to make sure we accomplish that mission. All the outside talk will keep happening — for us it’s just make sure we get the job done.”
Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma scored his second century of this ICC World Cup.
Rohit Sharma scored his second century of this ICC World Cup.
(Photo: AP)

Kohli's single to get off the mark was met by "Kohli-Kohli-Kohli" chants from the predominantly pro-India crowd.

Sharma set the tone with his second century of the tournament, sharing partnerships of 136 with KL Rahul (57) for the first wicket and 98 with Kohli for the second.

He seemed ready to really unleash when he needlessly paddled a ball from Hasan Ali to Wahab Riaz at short fine leg in the 38th over.

Sharma attributed his run of form to the emotional high following the birth of a baby daughter.

“It’s just the space I’m in right now — it’s a very good phase in my life,” he said. “I’m enjoying my cricket (and) coming off a great IPL campaign.”

Kohli continued, becoming the third Indian batter to pass 11,000 ODI runs. In doing so in his 222nd innings, he became the fastest to reach the milestone.

Kohli was on 71 and India was 305-4 when rain stopped play for the first time in the 47th over. The India captain was caught behind off Mohammad Amir's bowling not long after he returned from the 55-minute rain break and, surprisingly, walked off before umpire Marais Erasmus had a chance to signal him out. Video replays showed that Virat had in fact not connected with the ball at all.

However, it proved inconsequential in the end, as India passed Sri Lanka’s 318-7 against England in 2006 to set the highest ODI total in Manchester.

After a batting onslaught at the top, Pakistan pegged back the run-rate slightly as Amir (3-47) dismissed Pandya (26) and then had MS Dhoni (1) and Kohli caught behind — both the ex-captain and captain walking.

India cricket team celebrate end of the Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, June 16, 2019. 
India cricket team celebrate end of the Cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Sunday, June 16, 2019. 
(Photo: AP)

Things started going haywire for Pakistan after skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss and fielded, going against the advice sent via social media by Prime Minister and 1992 World Cup-winning captain Imran Khan.

Overcast and cool overhead conditions that usually would favor swing and seam bowling didn't greatly assist the Pakistan attack, with India racing to 52-0 in its most productive opening power play of the tournament.

The Pakistan pacemen had trouble with the umpires, with Amir and Wahab each cautioned twice for running on the protected area in the middle of the pitch. One further warning would have resulted in a suspension.

It also didn't help that opener Imam-ul-Haq got out in rare circumstances to Vijay Shankar's very first delivery at a World Cup — it coming on the fifth ball of Pakistan's fifth over after Shankar was asked to finish it off for injured teammate Bhuveshwar Kumar.

Kumar, according to Virat Kohli, will be sidelined for the next 2-3 games due to the hamstring strain he picked up during the match.

“Slight niggle for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks,” the skipper informed after the match.

Pakistan's next game is at Lord's against South Africa, which also has three points and only remote prospects of reaching the semifinals.

(This story has been published in arrangement with AP)

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Published: 16 Jun 2019, 06:41 PM IST
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