India continued their dominance over Pakistan in the World Cup defeating their archrivals by a whopping 76 runs in their Group B encounter on Sunday.
The World Cup jinx against India stretched to six matches for Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval in what was their opening game of the tournament with India winning the game comfortably after Virat Kohli scored a century.
India were heading towards a huge total with Kohli’s ton and a composed half century from Shikhar Dhawan followed by an aggressive 74 from Suresh Raina, but they failed to score openly in the death overs before making 300-7.
However, the score eventually turned a mammoth one for after Pakistan were bundled out for 224 in 47 overs. Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was the lone fighter from Pakistan, his 76 off 84 only saving Pakistan’s blushes. India took a 6-0 lead over Pakistan in their World Cup clashes.
After losing veteran Yunus Khan (six) with just 11 runs on the board, Ahmed Shahzad and Harris Sohail kept Pakistan in the hunt with a 68-run stand. Sohail lost his wicket to R Ashwin for 36 off 48 after hitting three boundaries.
Pakistan were still in the game with Shahzad and Misbah playing well at the centre but they pegged back after Umesh Yadav removed the opener and new man Sohail Maqsood (duck) in consecutive deliveries. Umar Akmal was next to go for a duck, caught behind skipper MS Dhoni off Ravindra Jadeja as Pakistan’s scores read 103-5 in 24.4 overs.
In came Shahid Afridi who made a run-a-ball 22 but Pakistan lost the flamboyant all rounder along with Wahab Riaz (four) in a space of five runs to get reduced to 154-7. Misbah spared Pakistan humiliation adding 49 for the eighth wicket with Yasir Shah (13) before he lost his wicket to Mohammed Sami that ended their resistance.
Misbah hit nine boundaries and a six. Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers picking up 4-35 from 9 overs. Mohit Sharma and Yadav had two wickets apiece.
India had a cautious start but lost Rohit Sharma (24) with 34 runs on the board. Kohli and Dhawan rebuilt the Indian innings with both going neck-to-neck in the scoring until the latter reached his half century.
The two batsmen shared a 129-run partnership for the second wicket wicket before India lost Dhawan off a run out. Dhawan made 73 from 76 balls with seven boundaries and a six that came from the delivery of world cricket’s tallest bowler Mohammad Irfan.
Kohli added another 110 runs with Raina who was sent up the order and justified the promotion. Kohli completed his 23rd ODI century, out for 107 off 126. He lost his wicket to Sohail Khan after clobbering eight boundaries.
Raina played few delightful strokes collecting five boundaries and three sixes in his 56-ball 74 but his dismissal, again to Sohail meant India’s acceleration was put brakes. Dhoni made 18 off 13 with a six and a four.
Sohail was most impressive Pakistani bowlers, especially in the death overs when he removed Dhoni and new man Ajinkya Rahane in the last over conceding just four runs. He finished with the figures of 5-55 from 10 overs.