India banked on a clinical effort from their players to keep their winning record against Pakistan intact beating arch-rivals by 89 runs in a rain-marred encounter at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Following their convincing win, legend Sachin Tendulkar hailed Virat Kohli & Co as the best team and way better than Pakistan.
Leading to the epic clash, there was a lot of buzz surrounding the encounter. However, it didn’t fulfil the expectations of the fans as Pakistan failed to show any kind of resistance handing the match to India. India posted 336 for 5 with a century from Rohit Sharma and fifties from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul before restricting Pakistan to 212 and clinching an 89-run win in a rain-affected match at the Old Trafford. Kuldeep Yadav, Vijay Shankar, and Hardik Pandya starred with the ball for India to secure an easy win.
Sachin Tendulkar heaped praise on the Indian team calling them way better than the current Pakistan side. Tendulkar who is currently in England for his commentary commitments, also drew comparisons from the last game to justify his statements.
“India are certainly way better than Pakistan. Almost everyone would say that. That is looking at the numbers also. How convincingly we have been able to beat them. It’s there for everyone to see,” Sachin Tendulkar told India Today from Manchester.
Pakistan lost as they failed to pick early wickets: Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar maintained that Pakistan fell behind when they struggled to take early wickets after opting to bowl first. Rohit Sharma and his new opening partner in KL Rahul added 136 runs for the opening stand to stage a strong platform capitalised by Virat Kohli to the fullest.
“I have always said this, if you don’t pick up early wickets vs India, we are going to invariably be scoring 325-plus. We have the firepower to hurt opposition if we lay a solid foundation and don’t lose wickets upfront. We will do it 8 out of 10 times,” he continued.
Moreover, Sachin Tendulkar admitted that they were 15 runs short and the rain changed the momentum of the game. India next faces Afghanistan on June 22 (Saturday) at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. However, it is the match against host England on June 30 is the one to look forward to feels Tendulkar.
“India is the best team in the tournament. India and England is going to be a big game. England is a well-balanced team and they bat deep. But the way India is playing right now they are a top team,” Tendulkar concluded.