Today on the second day of #CWC15, one of the most anticipated and charged match was played between India and Pakistan. The match was played in Adelaide Oval in Australia, but if we put it more accurately, the energy of the stadium felt like the match was being played in the sub-continent itself.
Pertaining to the record of Indians in the world cup against their rivals Pakistan, India went as favorites in the game.
Toss: MS Dhoni (Indian captain) won the toss and decided to bat first.
Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan opened the batting for India and provided a decent start but then Rohit got out after playing a rash pull shot of Sohail Khan. Virat Kohli came at no.3 to replace Sharma in the middle. Dhawan and Kohli played cautiously and strung up a partnership of 129 runs in 134 balls. Shikhar Dhawan was run out by a brilliant direct hit from the Pakistan Captain Misbah in the 30th over.
But Virat and Raina kept on the good work. Raina (74 of just 56 balls with 5 fours and 3 massive sixes) was particularly ferocious in the 110 run partnership between them which came in just 93 balls. Meanwhile Kohli scored a very well played century in one of the most high pressure game. Kohli made 107 off 126 balls with 8 fours before falling to Sohail khan, who picked up a five wicket haul.
In the last five overs, the Pakistani bowlers found some rhythm with Wahab Riyaz and Sohail Khan bowling with good pace and control. India could only score 27 runs in the last five overs and ended up with 300 for 7 in their stipulated quota of overs.
A chase of 301 looked within Pakistan’s grasp at the interval, but they never threatened to keep up with the six-an-over run-rate.
Younus Khan, promoted to open, gloved a Shami bouncer behind early on and, though Ahmed Shahzad and Haris shared 68, Ravichandran Ashwin found turn with a beautiful off-break to have the latter caught at slip.
And, when Umesh Yadav removed Shahzad and Saqaib Mahsood in the space of three balls followed by Umar controversially being given out, caught behind off Ravi Jadeja on review, the contest was effectively over.
Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq did his best to delay the inevitable with some clean striking in his 76, but he was the ninth wicket to fall, to the lively Shami, before Mohit Sharma had Sohail caught at long-on to seal India’s victory by 76 runs.
Virat Kohli was deservingly named Man of the Match. “I hate losing and love winning for India. That’s the way I like playing the game,” Kohli said in a post-match chat in Adelaide on Sunday. The new “Record Setter” Virat Kohli became second to Sachin Tendulkar in ODI century counts, this being is 22nd. He also became the fastest to reach this landmark, having taken just 143 innings. Sachin Tendulkar was the quickest before Kohli, taking 206 innings. Including Kohli, only five batsmen have hit 22 or more centuries in ODIs.
Virat Kohli became the first to score a century against Pakistan in a World Cup match for India.
So, the most awaited game between arch rivals was good but one-sided. Hope these two make it to semis and then we might see another interesting clash between the two. For the time being, Enjoy the moment!!!
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