Adelaide: Once again Pakistan lost its match against the India in the ongoing world cup league match.The Adelaide Oval, packed and vibrant as it savoured cricket’s most colourful rivalry, was a theatre of dreams on a memorable Sunday.
Needless to say, a match between India v Pakistan on cricket field is guaranteed to be an unmissable event and it witnessed another history when India defeated Pakistan by 76 runs.
India, the defending champion, came into game short on form. It hadn’t won any competitive game in Australia for nearly three months, including a four-Test series and a tri-series that also included England.
This was to have been Pakistan’s best chance to arrest a five-match losing streak to India in ICC Cricket World Cups. However, an energised Indian team ensured a sixth World Cup win over its neighbour.
It was Indian Virat Kohli’s 22nd One-day International century, which split entertaining half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina, set up India’s impressive 300 for 7. The bowlers then stepped up, impressing with not just their intent but also their execution, they joined hands in a rip-roaring collective exhibition to bowl Pakistan out for 224. Victory on the night by a massive 76 runs.
Virat Kohli scored a splendid century to help India post 300 for seven in 50 overs after skipper MSDhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. He was aided by two half-centuries by southpaw Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina. Virat Kohli was dropped twice during his knock.
India Playing XI: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wk/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav
Pakistan Playing XI: Ahmed Shehzad, Younis Khan, Haris Sohail, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Sohaib Maqsood, Umar Akmal(w), Shahid Afridi, Wahab Riaz, Yasir Shah, Sohail Khan, Mohammad Irfan