The most anticipated match of the league stage at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is here as India lock horns with Pakistan in a seismic clash. The Men In Blue will look for redemption after losing to their arch-rivals in the 2017 Champions Trophy final, while Pakistan will be itching to find that elusive first victory over India at a World Cup. Can Sarfaraz Ahmed and co. alter the World Cup record that reads 6-0 in India’s favour and bag two crucial points that will go a long way towards keeping their semifinal hopes alive? Or will India secure another victory against their neighbours on the biggest stage of them all in Manchester?
Pakistan opted to field first after winning the toss, with Shadab and Imad were back in the side replacing Asif Ali and Shaheen. KL Rahul and Sharma begun the innings for India, as the pair provided a solid opening stand. Rohit raced to his half century off 34 balls, while KL Rahul’ half century came off 72 balls. Wahab Riaz strike for Pakistan to dismiss KL Rahul for 57. Kohli joined Sharma, as Sharma brought up his ton off 80 balls, with India reached 200 in 35th over. Sharma made a sensational 140, before being caught by Wahab off Hassan Ali. Pandya was promoted up the order as he made a brisk 26 before being undone by Amir as India remained at 286/3 in 44 overs. Dhoni joined Kohli ,as he managed 1 only before being caught off Amir. Kohli made a brisk 77 as Amir got the better of him too. Shankar and Jadhav combined to take India at 336-5. Shankar scored 15 while Jadhav made 9. Amir picked up 48-3.
Chasing a massive total of 337, Imam and Fakhar began the innings for Pakistan. Part-timer Shankar provided the first breakthrough when he dismissed Imam for 7. Fakhar was joined by Babar, as the pair put on 104 in 17 overs. Fakhar’s half-century came off 59 balls. Babar’s brisk knock of 48 was undone by Kuldeep. Hafeez joined Fakhar for the 3rd wicket stand, with Pakistan reeling at 126-2 in 25 overs. Fakhar made 62, as he became Kuldeep’ second victim. Hafeez was dismissed for 9 off Pandya. Malik’s terrible run continues as he got out for a duck, leaving Pakistan at 129-5. Sarfaraz and Imad added 36 for the 6th wicket stand, as Sarfaraz was undone for 16 by Shankar. Shadab and Imad joined for 7th wicket stand, as rain interrupted the game once more. Pakistan needed 130 off last 5 overs. Shadab and Imad took Pakistan to 212-6 and ended by losing the game by 89 runs.