Subcontinental rivals India and Pakistan locked horns in their first pool B match today, in front of a packed house at the Adelaide oval. India opted to bat first and posted 300-7 from 50 overs. Virat Kohli became the Man of The Match with his score of 107 off 126 balls. In the second innings Pakistan were bundled out for 224 in 47 overs and their struggle against India in world cup games continues.
Dhoni elects to bat, Rohit departs early
After electing to bat first, the Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma made a cautious start, however the latter lost his wicket early in the innings. A mistimed shot by Rohit (15 off 20) off Sohail Khan’s bowling went high up in the air and was safely caught by Misbah-ul-Haq at short mid-on.
Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan steady partnership
India’s star batsman Virat Kohli joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle and the duo added 129 runs for the second wicket. They put Pakistani bowling attack under pressure with some outstanding running between the wickets in the middle overs. Dhawan scored a fine 73 runs off 76 balls before he was run-out by Misbah-ul-Haq.
Raina and Kohli power India to 300
After Dhawan’s departure, Suresh Raina walked in to bat and managed to hit few a few lusty blows which contributed to his score of 74 runs off 55 balls. He was involved in a 110 run stand with Virat Kohli who got to his 22nd ODI hundred during this partnership. During their partnership, a score in excess of 320 was achievable but the Pakistani bowlers did well to pull things back. None of the other Indian middle order batsmen made significant contributions to the scorecard as India finished at 300-7. Sohail Khan, who was playing his first match against India, finished with figures of 10-0-55-5.
Shami removes Younus Khan; Shahzad and Haris Sohail recover:
Pakistan began the chase aggressively as Ahmed Shehzad and Younis Khan made their way into the middle. The latter was dismissed by Mohammed Shami after he gloved an incoming ball to MS Dhoni. Haris Sohail came in at no. 3 and he added 68 runs with Shehzad for the second wicket before Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed him at 36 runs.
Middle order collapse:
After Sohail’s dismissal, Pakistan never came back into the game as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. After the introduction of spin, Pakistan could not score runs freely. The turning point of the match came in the 24th over when Umesh Yadav captured the wickets of Ahmed Shehzad and Shoaib Maqsood in quick succession.Even Umar Akmal could not open his account as he was caught behind off Jadeja’s bowling.
Misbah fights lone battle,bowlers maintain pressure :
While wickets kept tumbling, Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq stood firm at one end and continued scoring runs freely. He was initially supported by Shahid Afridi who scored a run-a-ball for 22 runs,before Virat Kohli took a brilliant catch to send him packing. Dhoni managed his bowlers very well which made bowling predictions difficult for the Pakistani batsmen. The tail was wiped out quickly by Umesh Yadav and Shami and India registered a comprehensive 76 run victory. Misbah was dismissed after scoring a brave 76. This is India’s first ODI win in almost 3 months and the win will give them a lot of confidence as the team gears up to face South Africa in their next match.
India 300-7 in 50 overs
Virat Kohli 107 runs from 126 balls
Suresh Raina 75 runs from 56 balls
Shikhar Dhawan 73 runs from 76 balls
Indian Bowling : Shami 4-35 ;Mohit Sharma 2-35; Umesh Yadav 2-50
Pakistan 224 all-out in 47 overs
Misbah-ul-Haq 76 runs from 84 balls
Ahmed Shehzad 47 runs from 73 balls
Haris Sohail 36 runs from 48 balls
Pakistan Bowling : Sohail Khan 5-55 ; Wahab Riaz 1- 49