India vs Pakistan highlights – Having been beaten 6 times in the World Cups by India previously, Pakistan were desperate to break the jinx in the encounter at Old Trafford yesterday. But they couldn’t do that and their losing streak continued as they were absolutely stream-rolled by India and suffered a huge defeat by a margin of 89 runs.
While the result of the game strengthened India’s position even more with regard to their qualification for the top 4, Pakistan is now lingering at the second last position in the standings. With their net run rate also being as poor as it is, they now have to win all their remaining 4 games to have any chances of making it to the semi-finals.
Here are the ICC CWC 2019 India vs Pakistan highlights
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s partnership
India were asked to bat first by the Pakistani skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed who won the toss. Since the conditions were ideal for seam bowling, it was important for the Indian openers to play solid cricket and not to let Pakistan make early inroads. While, Rohit Sharma took his chances, whenever he got loose deliveries, his partner KL Rahul dug deep and grinded it out against the new ball.
The two classy right-handers put together 136 runs for the first wicket before Rahul was dismissed by Wahab Riaz after scoring a magnificent half-century. Rohit Sharma, however, carried on and he had another 98-run partnership with his captain Virat Kohli during which he completed his 24th ODI hundred.
Virat Kohli’s 11000 runs
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored his second successive half-century in the tournament and in the process; he became the fastest batsman to cross the tally of 11000 runs in the history of ODI cricket. Virat’s dominance in the 50-over format can be understood from the fact that Sachin Tendulkar, who is the second fastest to complete 11000 runs, took 54 more innings than Virat to reach that mark.
Mohammed Amir’s last spell
Amir was the biggest threat for India with the ball and he bowled really well upfront. He managed to swing the new nut back into the right-handers and took it away from them as well. But he couldn’t get any breakthroughs in his first and second spell.
However when the left-armer returned to bowl in the death, the Indian batsmen really struggled against the steep angle that he generated from over the wicket. He removed two of India’s big hitters, Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni, in a matter of few deliveries and dented India’s chances of crossing 350.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s injury
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was getting a bit of help from the surface and he seemed to be making it difficult for the Pakistani openers to score at a good clip, but he sustained a little niggle in this third over and decided to go out on a precautionary basis.
The part-timer Vijay Shankar came on to complete Bhuvneshwar’s over and to India’s delight, he struck on the very first ball as he trapped Imam-ul-Haq right in front of the wickets with a delivery which came slightly in after pitching.
Pakistan’s batting collapse
After Imam’s wicket, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam got into a good groove and put Pakistan back on track in the chase. At one stage, they were not too far away from the D/L par score as the rain was anticipated in Manchester. But Kuldeep Yadav, with a magical delivery, broke that partnership as he got through the defense of Babar Azam with a massively turning leg spinner.
Kuldeep soon dismissed Fakhar too he bowled it a little slower and the ball dipped onto Fakhar who couldn’t get to the pitch of the ball to time the sweep shot perfectly.
After Kuldeep, it was Hardik Pandya’s turn to push Pakistan further back as he showed Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik the exit route on back-to-back deliveries to shut all doors on the men in green.