Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed admitted his side were “hurting” after India extended their winning run against their fierce rivals at the ICC Cricket World Cup with a 89-run victory at Old Trafford on Sunday.
Rain delays saw the Duckworth–Lewis–Stern method enforced, with Rohit Sharma’s sparkling 140 from 113 balls helping India to their seventh win in seven World Cup matches against their arch sub-continent foes.
“Definitely it is very disappointing, it is hurting, you know,” said Sarfraz.
“We were going really well, especially if you talk about our batting. When we lost our first wicket, Imam and Fakhar, they made a good partnership.
“Our message was just stay on the wicket and just try and hit four, six to seven runs per over. But unfortunately, we lost too many wickets and that’s why we lost the match.”
India skipper Virat Kohli lauded the displays of Rohit Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav following his side’s 89-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in their 2019 ICC World Cup clash at Manchester.
Rohit’s second century of the tournament and Kuldeep’s dismissals of the well-set Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman paved the way for a huge victory for the Men in Blue which took their World Cup record against Pakistan to seven wins out of seven.
“Kuldeep Yadav was brilliant,” Kohli said after India’s win on Sunday.
“Babar and Fakhar were trying to play him out, but I wanted him to have a longer spell. The ball to dismiss Babar was an outstanding delivery.
“I think today was the best he bowled at this World Cup.”
It was Rohit who got things going for India after they lost the toss with the opener smashing a 113-ball 140 to set up a daunting total of 336-5. The India deputy skipper forged a 136-run stand with fellow opener KL Rahul who chipped in with a vital 57.
Crediting the openers’ display, Kohli said: “Rohit’s knock was outstanding again. KL helped Rohit, who showed why he’s such a good ODI player again today. It was a team effort to get to 336.”
The win over the arch-rivals did come at a cost to India with seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar breaking down just three overs into his spell on Sunday. The 29-year-old did not return to bowl for the remainder of the innings and Kohli is expecting him to miss the next couple of matches.
“Slight niggle for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks. He’s out for two, maybe three games, but he should come back for us at some stage during this tournament,” said the India skipper.
Kohli’s Pakistan counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed lamented his bowlers’ failure to bowl in the right areas after he won the toss and elected to field first on an overcast day.
“We won a good toss but didn’t bowl in the right areas, and Rohit played very well,” he said.
“Our plan was to pitch the ball up to Rohit, but we didn’t execute it well. It was a good toss to win but we didn’t capitalise on it.
“We also lost the match in those three overs where we lost four wickets. Fakhar and Imam were going really well, but we collapsed after that.”
The loss leaves Pakistan with just three points from five games with their semi-final hopes taking a big beating.
“Definitely, it’s getting tougher and now we have to win all remaining games,” Sarfraz admitted.
Rohit Sharma was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his 140-run knock and the opener acknowledged Rahul’s effort at the other end in setting up a solid base for India.
“Rahul played very well, took some time early on, probably what was required. Can’t play shots straightaway. The idea was to see what is happening. We got a good start and built on from there,” he said.
The right-hander was looking on course for a fourth ODI double ton at one stage but perished while attempting to scoop a Hasan Ali delivery over short fine leg. It was a dismissal that left the India batsman frustrated with himself.
“I was unhappy, particularly the way I played that shot,” Rohit rued.
“He (Hasan Ali) just pushed mid-on back and brought fine leg in, which was a little misjudgment from my side.
“When you’re set you want to get as many runs as possible. Trust me, I wasn’t thinking of a double hundred. The partnership (with Kohli) was becoming solid and we wanted to kill the game.”
It was India’s third win in the four matches in the 2019 World Cup and it propelled them to third spot in the table behind Australia and New Zealand. Kohli and his men now have a five-day rest period before they take on Afghanistan at Southampton on June 22.
Pakistan, meanwhile, are now only above Afghanistan in the 10-team standings and will next take on South Africa at the Oval on June 23.
The highly anticipated clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan in the 2019 ICC World Cup turned out to be a lopsided contest in the end with the Men in Blue prevailing by 89 runs via D/L method in Manchester.
A second century of the tournament from Rohit Sharma was at the heart of India’s big win at Old Trafford in a rain-effected tie with the right-hander’s 113-ball 140 setting up a daunting total of 336-5. Pakistan could only muster 212-6 in response in their revised quota of 40 overs.
India’s attempt to defend 336 started off on a bad note with seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulling his hamstring just three overs into his spell. Bhuvneshwar had to leave the field with Vijay Shankar asked to finish the remainder of the over and the India all-rounder struck of his very first ball by trapping Imam-ul-Haq lbw.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam resurrected Pakistan’s hopes with a 104-run stand but Kuldeep Yadav dismissed both of them in successive overs to put India on top. Things turned from bad to worse for the Men in Green shortly after with Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik falling off successive deliveries to Hardik Pandya.
When skipper Sarfraz Ahmed became Shankar’s second victim of the day after playing on, the writing was well and truly on the wall for Pakistan. By the time they came back to bat after a rain interruption, the target had been revised to 302 required off 40 overs and that proved too huge a mountain to scale for Pakistan’s lower order.
Earlier, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed’s decision to field first after winning the toss backfired with India’s openers running away to an excellent start.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul survived a probing opening spell from Mohammad Amir before going on establishing a 136-run stand for the first wicket. Both batsmen brought up their respective half-centuries before Rahul (57) drove a Wahab Riaz delivery straight into the hands of Babar Azam.
The wicket did little to stop India’s march with Rohit continuing to fire on all cylinders in the company of Virat Kohli. The opener had survived an early run-out scare and he went on make Pakistan pay with a swashbuckling century brought up in just 85 deliveries.
Rohit upped the tempo after bringing up his 24th ODI ton and was looking good for a double century before perishing to a scoop shot on 140 (113). The excellent Amir helped Pakistan make some inroads in the final 10 overs with the pacer dismissing the dangerous Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni in quick succession.
Kohli held one end up for India with a fine half-century before his 77-run knock was brought to an end by Amir.
The India deputy skipper was the mastermind of India’s big win with his brisk innings of 140 setting up the platform for a huge total. The opening batsman was batting with a new partner in KL Rahul with Shikhar Dhawan injured and took on the responsibility of being the more attacking batsman.
Cashing in on his good form leading up to the clash, Rohit was watchful against Mohammad Amir at the start before setting loose with a flurry of boundaries at Old Trafford. He formed important stands with Rahul and Kohli while racing away to a 24th ODI ton and did not allow Pakistan’s leg-spinner in Shadab Khan to settle down at all.
Rohit dictated terms for the entire 39 overs he was at the crease and his explosive innings paved the way for India’s domination on the day.
Kuldeep’s brilliance opens the floodgates
Despite Pakistan losing Imam-ul-Haq early in their chase of 337, they had regrouped nicely through a promising stand between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam. The two batsmen rode out a testing period and were starting to press their foot on the accelerator as they brought up a century stand.
With India already a bowler short due to Bhuvneshwar’s injury, things were starting to look ominous for the Men in Blue with Kohli starting to run out of ideas. That is when Kuldeep provided the inspiration with the wrist-spinner beating Babar all-ends up with some sharp turn and guile.
Kuldeep then got the better of Fakhar in his very next over and all of a sudden Pakistan had lost both their set batsmen in a daunting chase. Those crucial breakthroughs by Kuldeep saw the wheels completely fall off Pakistan’s chase with Hardik Pandya picking up two wickets in as many balls soon after.
Kuldeep Yadav just produced the ball of the match... 🔥— Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) June 16, 2019
Kohli becomes fastest to 11,000
In the course of his 77-run knock, India skipper Kohli breached another landmark in the form of 11,000 ODI runs. The 222 innings taken by the superstar batsman makes him the fastest to get to the mark and broke a longstanding record held by Sachin Tendulkar.
Tendulkar’s 11,000 runs had come in 276 innings and for Kohli to do it in 54 fewer innings is a testament to his ODI greatness.
Virat Kohli is the first batsman to reach 11,000 ODI runs milestone with a strike-rate above 90. GOAT. #KingKohli— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) June 16, 2019