World Cup 2019: India thrash arch-rivals Pakistan by 89 runs

Manchester: India continued their dominance over Pakistan in World Cup cricket with an 89-run win (DLS method) in World Cup 2019 at Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. It was a complete performance from Virat Kohli’s team despite a few rain stoppages during the mega clash. Pakistan were 166 for six when it started raining again and with the match reduced to 40 overs, they were left needing 136 off 30 balls after DLS calculations. In the end, India strolled to a win to make it seven wins in a row against Pakistan in World Cups. India’s demolition job over Pakistan helped them climb to third in the World Cup points table with seven points from four matches. While Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli excelled with the bat, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya got the job done with the ball as India completely outclassed a hapless Pakistan team.
Pakistan, chasing 337 to win, were dealt an early blow as Vijay Shankar struck in the fifth over to remove the dangerous Imam-ul-Haq for 7. Pakistan’s initially found the going hard after Shankar’s strike but both Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam slowly and steadily brought their team on track.
Fakhar and Babar led Pakistan’s recovery with a 104-run stand for the second wicket. But just when it seemed Pakistan would give India a tough fight, Kuldeep Yadav struck twice to get rid of both Fakhar (62) and Babar (48).
Hardik Pandya increased Pakistan’s woes with two wickets in two balls, first removing Mohammad Hafeez (9) and then Shoaib Malik (0).
From then on in, it was all India as the bowlers put the squeeze on Pakistan batsmen. With runs coming at a premium for Pakistan, it seemed only a matter of time that India would strike again. And it came in the form of Vijay Shankar, who picked his second wicket of the World Cup by sending Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed packing for 12.
Rain gods disrupted India’s march towards a third win with Pakistan reeling at 166 for six in 35 overs.

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