India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: An emphatic win for India
They waited four years for this epic World Cup 2019 encounter. And what a disappointment it has been. A complete one-sided game India vs Pakistan at the Old Trafford in Manchester—one, too many between these arch rivals!
‘Ah, when are we going to get an exciting India and Pakistan match?’
A billion fans in India and Pakistan—and beyond—would be heaving this thought. The epic ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 India vs Pakistan encounter at the Old Trafford in Manchester has fizzled out—buoyed first by erratic lengths bowled by Pakistan pacers (except Amir, of course!) and later, by their middle-order who slumped like a pack of cards.
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India will take this win. A win by 89 runs (D/L method). Rohit Sharma’s superlative hundred carried India to 336 mark, and was complemented well by half-centuries from KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. Kuldeep probably bowled the best delivery of the World Cup, a jaffa of a delivery through Babar Azam’s defence. That was the only saving grace for Pakistan: the hundred-run partnership between Azam and Fakhar Zaman. Soon, Pandya dismissed two off two to break Pakistan’s back. And just before rain stopped play, Vijay Shankar bowled their captain Sarfraz to halt their chase.
India, however, suffered a setback: Bhuvneshwar Kumar limped off the field due to a hamstring injury on his left leg. He didn’t come out to bowl after that. There’s six days to the match against Afghanistan. An update from captain Kohli: Bhuvi is out for a couple and/ or one more match.
As invincible as Nadal on a clay court!
In parallel universe...
If only Pakistan had batted like this--and India fielded this way--thoughout the innings!
A lot of good shots here from Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim. And a sloppy fielding--letting them run a couple and Rahul dropping a sitter--from the otherwise brilliant Indians. The last three overs went for 12, 14, and 10 runs.
Despite all the hostility whipped up by the media, the fans at the ground, from both Indian and Pakistani, are generally good-natured. After all, we are similar in almost every way..sport should foster friendships, not hate..and it was a great atmosphere today..#PAKvIND #CWC19— Hemant (@hemantbuch) June 16, 2019
Play to resume at 11:40 pm
It will be a 40-over game. Pakistan need 136 off 30 balls. The revised target is 302.
RAIN STOPS PLAY!
And now, it had to rain. And just so that there is no further play, India will by 86 runs (DLS).
Shankar gets his second. Sarfraz, the Pakistan captain, drags this one on to the stumps. Exemplifies the kind of day Pakistan had, nothing going into their favour. Another nail in an already tightly secured Pakistan coffin. They are six down.
WICKET! TWO IN TWO
Oh, dear. Pakistan have lost the plot, here. They're in an absolute chaos. After Kuldeep's brilliance, Harik Pandya has run riot against Pakistan batsmen. Two wickets in two deliveries!
The first one to depart was Mohammad Hafeez, who elegantly flicked the ball into Vijay Shankar's hands. Timed it too well. The next man was Shoaib Malik. He came, chopped the next ball on to his stumps, and departed for a golden duck.
Another one bites the dust!
Kuldeep Yadav is in a red-hot form today. First, he breaks the partnership with an incredible delivery and now he gets the other one--the dangerous looking Fakhar Zaman. Fakhar Zaman's attempted sweep suddenly turns dicey, and a top edge loops limply into short fine leg's hands. Pakistan are 126 for 3 at the end of 26 overs.
Absolute jaffa of a delivery. It’s a dream delivery for a left-arm wristspinner. Nicely tossed up, the ball drifts away gently across Babar, pitches and then wickedly spins back in. Babar is completely deceived by the dip, and the ball runs through his defence. Sneaks between the bat and pad. Magnificent.
A 100-run partnership
Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman are sweeping Kuldeep-Chahal for boundaries. A boundary each over of the last three. Brings up the 100-runs partnership. If Pakistan are to stay in the hunt, both these players are key.
Fifty for Fakhar Zaman
What a way to bring up his half-century. A slog-sweep just clearing the deep midwicket for a six. Vijay and KL Rahul were in with a shout for a brief while. There's something about playing against India that brings the best out of Zaman.
What about DLS?
The 20-over DLS par score for one wicket down is 109, and for two down it is 125. Rain could arrive at some point. Pakistan are currently 84 for 1 in 18. Currently, it's Chahal and Kuldeep operating in tandem.
Keeping up the attack
Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar have bowled at least a yard fuller than the Pakistan bowlers did this morning. Incredible to believe that Amir bowled 7 balls to Rohit in his opening spell and none pitched fuller than 8m.
Indian all-rounders Shankar and Pandya have complemented them well, bowling the right areas and building pressure. Surely, soon it’ll be time for the Kuldeep-Chahal attack.
Powerplay 1 scores for Pakistan in the WC:
vs WI: 45 for 3
vs ENG: 69 for 0
vs AUS: 51 for 1
vs IND: 38 for 1
Update: India bowl without Bhuvi
Shami comes in with the message--and a symbolic bottle in the hand. A coupla understanding nods from the captain means there isn't much to worry. Earlier, the coach, physio, assistant coach were seen having a chat over the dressing room balcony. Bhuvi won't take any further part in this match.
Meanwhile, Jadeja is in as the substitute for Bhuvi--no brainer! And Pandya into the attack.
Pakistan are 34/1 at the end of 9 overs.
You know where to get 'em!
Against Babar Azam India’s quicks need to hone in on the top of his off stump where he has been dismissed a handful of times in the last year. Babar is particularly vulnerable against balls swinging away from him - averaging just 19.00, compared to 51 when it swings in. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/zO082W0DIL— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 16, 2019
Vijay Shankar strikes first ball.
Well, what do you know, it's Shankar who draws the first blood. He was brought in to complete Bhuvi's over, who seems to have twinged his hamstring. And he got Imam-ul-haq with a nip-backer! He didn’t need any warm-up, mind you! Also, did you know he's one of the biggest swingers of the ball in ODIs.
Woah, Bhuvi has picked up pace!
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is hitting the 140kmph mark almost every ball. The second delivery of the third over was bowled at 144kmph. Would ya' believe it?
It's a tricky chase for Pakistan!
It would be interesting to see how Pakistan approach their innings. The rain would surely be at the back of the minds of openers Fakhar Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq. Do they see off the initial overs from Bhuvi and Bumrah, or play for a 20-over target? Surely they should plan to not be more than one wicket down at the end of 20 overs.
It’s a beautiful first over from Bhuvi, and Pakistan openers choose caution.
Play resumes after a brief stop
The players are on the field and now they’re back. The Manchester cloud is playing hide-and-seek. How annoying! How submissive! It’s drizzling, but the sun’s shining bright. The Indian fielders are on the ground. And the main cover is off. The players are back on the field. Both the Pakistan openers march on. Let’s play!
A shout out to the captain
A wild goose chase?
If Pakistan pull it off today, it will be the highest successful chase in the World Cup history. By the way, Pakistan's highest successful chase so far in World Cup has been 264/6 v New Zealand in 1992.
Rohit Sharma's brilliant 140 and fifties from KL Rahul and Virat Kohli power India to 336/5. Can #SarfarazAhmed and Co. chase down the target?— Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) June 16, 2019
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Amir, the lone warrior
The Pakistan bowlers bowled haywire line, and it costed them dearly. The average winning first innings score at Old Trafford in the last ten years is 266. India’s score of 336 is well above that.
Mohammad Amir was the pick of the bowlers, containing India's openers in his first spell and then dismissing Pandya, Dhoni, and Kohli later when India were looking to accelerate. He might just have saved 30-40 odd runs with those wickets.
Mohammad Amir: 3 for 47 from 10 overs (ER 4.70)
Rest of Pakistan: 2 for 287 from 40 overs (ER: 7.17)
Kohli declares himself OUT!
Short ball, gone. Amir strikes again. This time, he gets the captain Kohli. Never easy to resume after a break. Finally the short ball has paid dividends for Pakistan.
The umpire said, NOT OUT. Kohli walked off. The 'Ultra Edge' shows a massive gap between the bat and the ball. Oopsie?!
Meanwhile, here’s a fact check!
"I saw some stats, you know, which said I think the soccer World Cup final attracted 1.6 billion viewers. Tomorrow we're likely to get 1.5 billion.”
So said the Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur ahead of the India vs Pakistan clash. But guess what: the numbers really seem inflated.
The estimated viewership for the 2017 Champions Trophy final was around 400 million. The group game in the same tournament was watched by 324 million people, slightly more than the 313 million that watched the group game in the 2015 World Cup. The 2011 World Cup semi-final remains the second-most watched cricket game in history, with 495 million viewers.
RAIN STOPPED PLAY!
Yep, it had to. The rain has arrived... and the players are walking off! The covers are on, and umbrellas spread all over the Manchester stadium. Spectators hurriedly wear their raincoats--the yellow and white.
Kohli scores his 11,000th ODI run!
Fewest innings to 11,000 ODI runs:
222 Virat Kohli
276 Sachin Tendulkar
286 Ricky Ponting
288 Sourav Ganguly
293 Jaques Kallis
Amir gets Dhoni
Here's the Amir trouble--but a tad too late? Dhoni looked to heave at one that was full and wide, and another thick edge goes through to Sarfaraz. With Pandya and Dhoni gone, can India reach 350? We'll know soon enough.
Helicopter shot from Pandya again, but he can’t clear the long on. Wasn’t really the best of times for Pandya. Stunned silence from three fourths of the crowd.
It's a fifty for Kohli!
Rohit Sharma is livid with himself. It has otherwise been a remarkably brilliant innings save this shot: he scooped it straight to short fine leg. There was just not enough pace to work it over the in-field. End of a top knock, got to say a double century was there on a platter and he's missed out.
RG Sharma 140 (113) SR: 123.89
You don't bowl short to Sharma!
Such has been the story of the match so far. Rohit Sharma has punished almost every short ball--why, there have been plenty. He has scored at 10.69 RPO against balls shorter than 8 metres from his stumps. And he has only scored faster against short balls in three innings in his entire career.
...and it's a ton!
Rohit Sharma raises his bat for the 24th time in the ODIs. It's come up off 85 balls—his second-quickest in ODIs. It's his second hundred of this World Cup. Since the start of 2013 (when he started opening regularly), he averages 60.
In walks Kohli!
Well, what do you know! Indian captain Virat Kohli's greatness in the ODIs is based on the fact that he has no real weaknesses against any type of bowler. Pakistan, however, will take that he averages the least agaisnt left-hand seamers.
Note: The last time he batted against Pakistan in the World Cup, he scored a match-winning century.
Wahab draws the first blood. KL Rahul departs after a brilliant fifty.
A soft dismissal, really. The ball was pitched up and Rahul looked to guide it through the covers. The front foot drive was a tad too early and the ball spooned up to Babar Azam for the easiest of catch. Should really thank the umpire, Erasmus, for the warning that made him changed sides.
KL Rahul 57 (78) SR: 73.07
It’s a fifty for Rahul!
Now, that’s some fashion to bring your half-century. A short ball from Malik—a poor delivery for a spinner—Rahul goes deep in his crease and pulled this one between deep mid-wicket and deep backward square leg perfectly for a six. Didn’t quite middle it, but he’ll take the fifty. Well deserved award for his patient innings.
Stats Attack: KL Rahul only attacked 13 per cent of his first 30 deliveries but then attacked 29 per cent in his following 30 balls and has attacked 77 per cent of his following 15 deliveries. Shifting gears, are we?
Century stands for India against Pakistan in ICC ODI World Cups:— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) June 16, 2019
Mohammad Kaif/Sachin Tendulkar, Centurion, 2003
Shikhar Dhawan/Virat Kohli, MCG, 2015
Virat Kohli/Suresh Raina, MCG, 2015
KL Rahul/Rohit Sharma, Manchester, 2019*#INDvPAK
Rohit was dismissed for a duck in the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan in 2017. Since then his scores vs Pakistan in ODIs: 52, 111* & 62* (and counting).
Weather update: It's a solid shower!
Err, wait. Imma talking about India's batting here. Indian openers, especially, Rohit Sharma has smashed every loose delivery--oh, there's been many. They're cruising solidly at 101/0 after 18 overs. This is brilliant if you look at the average first innings total in the last ten years: it' been 256.
Otherwise, the sun is out and there is plenty of blue clouds. But keep your fingers crossed just in case.
50* from 34 balls
Rohit Sharma is off to a flying start. First he punished Hasan Ali--scored 21 runs from the 14 balls that Pakistan have bowled short--and now he hit Shadab Khan for a six and a four to bring up his half-century in only 34 balls.
Stats Attack: Just so you know, it's his quickest fifty in ODIs. Take that for a slow start!
India survive a scare!
Ah, not a run out. Please! Absolute madness, this. Pakistan couldn’t have closer to taking a wicket. Sarfaraz is fuming. Rahul shuffles across and tucks the back of a length delivery through mid-wicket, he was happy with the single but Rohit was charging back for the second. He was halfway down the pitch, but the outfielder throws to the wrong end. Pakistan have missed a massive chance here.
Stats Attack: This is the first time that Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have opened the batting together. Never mind the misunderstanding!
The class of Sharmaji!
A drive smashed solidly towards the point and a sweetly timed short of a length delivery pulled over the deep mid-wicket. Rohit Sharma looks in great touch, and has taken on Hasan Ali (3-0-26-0).
Stats: This is only the tenth time that Hasan Ali has opened the bowling for Pakistan in an ODI in his 53 match career. He typically operates in the middle overs and comes in as first change.
A tactical error?
It’s a big one for Rahul
KL Rahul is just playing his 17th ODI, this time in his favourite position. He’s never really had a proper run in the side, always in and out of the playing XI, fighting for his spot—and someone else’s. He averages 34.54, but many would argue that he’s a better player than that. A great platform, this.
India vs Pakistan: Head to head
In World Cups
Since 2015 World Cup
Maiden first over!
First over from Mohammad Amir, and it's a maiden. KL Rahul has been watchful: seeing the ball early, and playing it late. India need to be cautious in these early overs.
Both teams have gone in with two spinners despite the recent rain. Historically the Old Trafford pitch has offered a lot of assistance for spinners - no venue in England has a higher average degree of spin accross the last ten years. #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/nu7t0ol2lj— The CricViz Analyst (@cricvizanalyst) June 16, 2019
Alright, all the hype aside this is a crucial game for Pakistan. If they lose this game—or even they share a point with the rain playing spoilsport—they would need to win all of their remaining games to qualify to the next stage.
India, meanwhile, have got off to a near-perfect start at the tournament, and a win today means they're likely just two more victories from a semi-final spot.
India: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli(c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
Pakistan: Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed(w/c), Shoaib Malik, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir
Tails, it is!
The umpire tosses the coin. Sarfaraz calls tails. And it’s tails. Pakistan choose to bowl first, captain points to the overhead conditions. They are playing two spinners: Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim. Kohli would’ve chosen the same but he’s okay. It’s Vijay Shankar!
It's the first time in the India-Pakistan World Cup encounters that the captain has decided to field first. Bat first: that was the plan in the last six matches.
The Pitch Report
Ramiz Raja says the pitch looks pretty dry. Michael Clarke suggests it's dry underneath, but with a bit of moisture on top from the rain that's been falling here. It would be a pretty good wicket to bat on, he says, once that early moisture is gone.
Both sides will look to bowl, with an eye on the weather possibly.
A dry pitch? Woah!
Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir were spotted on TV gazing at the Old Trafford surface. Waqar Younis lip-read Amir seemingly saying "sookha hai (it's dry)". Expect no surprises, then. The usual Bhuvi and Bumrah and Chahal and Kuldeep. No Shami for India.
Shadab Khan will definitely make into Pakistan’s playing XI—maybe, even Imad Wasim. We’ll know soon enough.