Not Contest: India Defeat Pakistan by 87 Runs Under Duckworth–Lewis Method
India defeated Pakistan by 87 runs under Duckworth–Lewis method, as the Pakistani batsmen failed to chase 337 after a middle order collapse in a rain-affected match at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Sunday.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma, declared man of the match, smashed a magnificent 113-ball 140 as India piled on 336 runs for the loss of 5 wickets in the allotted 50 overs after Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl.
The victory means India have never been defeated by Pakistan in an ICC World Cup match. The record now stands at 7-0 in favour of the Indians.
Both Fakhar Zaman and Babar Zaman managed a much-needed 104-run partnership, albeit at a slow rate, after losing Imamul Haq when the score was just 13.
They looked good and Pakistan were still in the contest until the introduction of spinners by Virat Kohli.
Babar was bowled by Kuldeep Yadav after he scored 48. Later, he claimed the wicket of Fakhar, caught by Yuzvendra Chahal at short fine leg, in his next over, when the score was 117 and 126 respectively. He scored 62.
And then Harthik Pandya first bagged the scalp of Mohammad Hafeez, who was caught at square leg boundary by Vijay Shankar after scoring only 7 and then bowled Shoaib Malik on the next ball in 27th over.
Later, Sarfaraz, 12 runs in 30 balls, was bowled by Shankar.
And then came another rain intervention with the completion of 35 overs, after which the target was recalculated as 136 runs in 30 balls as the Pakistani innings was reduced to 40 overs. Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan remained not out at 46 and 20 respectively.
For India, Shankar, Pandya and Yadav bagged two wickets each for 19, 21 and 28 runs respectively.
Pakistan lost Imam early in the sixth over, as he was trapped LBW by Shankar on his first ball. Imam could only score 7 in 18 balls.
Indian captain Virat Kohli was forced to introduce Shankar after Bhuvneshwar Kumar developed stiffness in his leg muscles and left the ground for treatment. He won’t be able to take any further part in the match after bowling only 2.4 overs.
In the Indian innings, the Pakistani bowlers, despite overcast conditions and winning the toss, were unable to dictate the rivals who took advantage of poor line and length.
And Hassan Ali, who shot to fame after an excellent performance in the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, continued to be the biggest disappointment, as he gave away 84 runs in his nine overs.
It was the 136-run opening partnership between Rohit and KL Rahul which laid the foundation for a big score. Rahul, who scored 57 of 78 balls, was out on the fifth ball of the 24th over caught by Babar Azam of the bowling of Wahab Riaz.
Rahul was promoted to open the innings with Rohit as Shikhar Dhawan had injured his left hand thumb in an earlier match against Australia.
But Rohit didn’t stop there as he compiled another big partnership, this time with his captain, Virat Kohli. They scored 98 runs and were separated in the 39th over when Rohit was caught by Wahab on the bowling of Hassan Ali.
Kohli too was better than run-a-ball and scored 77. He walked out of the ground despite the fact that the replays showed that he had not touched the short ball caught by Sarfaraz of the bowling of Amir. And the umpire too didn’t respond positively to the appeal. The score was 314 in the 48th over at that time.
India lost the wicket of Kohli as the match resumed after being suspended by light rain. They had managed 304 runs in 46.4 overs at that time.
During his innings Kohli became the fastest batman to score 11,000 runs in ODIs. He achieved the landmark in 222 innings. He surpassed the greats like of Sachin Tendulkar (276), Ricky Ponting (286), Sourav Ganguly (288) and Jacques Kallis (293).
Earlier, Dhoni was fourth to go caught behind the wicket by Sarfaraz. The wicket was claimed by Mohammad Aamir. Dhoni experienced a rare failure as he could only manage one run.
Pandya scored 26 in 19 balls. His was the third wicket bagged by Pakistan. He was caught Babar Azam right on the boundary of the bowling of Amir.
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