Ton-up Sharma stars as India beat rivals Pakistan in World Cup

Ton-up Sharma stars as India beat rivals Pakistan in World Cup

Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred in three innings as India maintained their unbeaten document in opposition to Pakistan on the World Cup with an 89-run win underneath the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern technique on Sunday.

Sharma’s 140 was the centrepiece of a complete of 336-5 that additionally featured captain Virat Kohli’s 77.

Victory on this rain-curtailed conflict noticed India, who’ve now received all seven of their World Cup matches in opposition to Pakistan, stay unbeaten after 4 pool video games at this 12 months’s version.

Pakistan, whose solely 2019 pool win up to now was a shock defeat of hosts England, had been by no means really up with the speed within the showpiece match of the 10-team round-robin stage.

They nonetheless had hope at 117 for one though essentially the most made by any aspect batting second to win a World Cup match is Eire’s 329 for seven in opposition to England at Bangalore in 2011.

However Kuldeep Yadav then struck twice to spark a collapse that noticed Pakistan lose 4 wickets for 12 runs in 18 balls as they slumped to 129 for 5 in 27 overs — gone the 20-over cut-off level wanted for a consequence underneath D/L.

A 3rd rain stoppage got here with Pakistan 166-6 off 35 overs.

The match then descended into one thing of a farce when play resumed underneath leaden skies, with Pakistan requiring an outlandish 136 extra runs in 5 overs to succeed in a revised victory whole of 302 in 40 overs.

That concentrate on which, finally grew to become 94 off the final six balls, unsurprisingly proved past them as Pakistan completed on 212-6, dealing a serious blow to their semi-final hopes as India took the bragging rights but once more.

Worryingly for India, paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar limped off within the fifth over of Pakistan’s chase with a hamstring harm that sidelined him from the remainder of the match.

However Vijay Shankar, finishing the over, struck first ball when he had opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for seven.

Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) repaired the harm with a century stand, earlier than they each fell to left-arm wrist-spinner Yadav as they tried to up the tempo.

– Big roars –

Babar was bowled between bat by an excellent supply earlier than Zaman miscued a sweep to brief tremendous leg.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya then took two wickets in two balls.

Mohammad Hafeez was caught at deep sq. leg earlier than Shoaib Malik performed on for his second successive duck — a wicket greeted with enormous roars by the massed ranks of India followers in a capability crowd, with an estimated one billion watching on tv.

Earlier, Kohli grew to become the quickest participant to 11,000 one-day worldwide runs, getting there in 222nd innings in comparison with compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s earlier document of 276 innings.

In the meantime, Pakistan left-arm fast Mohammad Amir continued his tremendous kind with 3-47 regardless of two early warnings for working on the pitch.

However not even Amir may cease Sharma and KL Rahul (57) marking their first ODI match as a opening duo with a stand of 136 after Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed received the toss.

Sharma, who made 122 in India’s opening win over South Africa and 57 in opposition to Australia, went to fifty with a six over long-on and a minimize 4 off successive deliveries from recalled leg-spinner Shadab Khan.

He then entered the 90s with a unprecedented square-cut six off paceman Hasan Ali.

His single off Shadab noticed Sharma to an 85-ball hundred together with three sixes and 9 fours. It was Sharma’s 24th ODI century.

However a quickfire stand of 98 with Kohli ended when Sharma, attempting a needlessly extravagant scoop, flicked Hasan to brief tremendous leg.

Kohli, 71 not out in the beginning of a 55-minute rain break, fell quickly after the resumption when, attempting to hook Amir, he ‘walked’ for a catch behind by wicket-keeper Sarfaraz regardless of replays showing to point out he didn’t hit the ball.

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