A game which promised to be a thrilling affair turned out to be a lopsided contest as Virat Kohli-led India thrashed Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method). The Men in Blue never looked under pressure in the high-voltage clash, dominating the proceedings right from the word go. Despite losing the toss, India were the better side for the most part of the game.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul laid the platform for the big total of 336 for 5 by adding 136 runs for the first wicket. The partnership ended when Wahab Riaz sent back Rahul for 57. But Rohit went on to make the most of his start and smashed a breathtaking 140 while skipper Virat Kohli scored 77 as India piled up the huge total.
In reply, Pakistan started disastrously by losing Imam-ul-Haq cheaply. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam then revived their hopes by taking the score past the 100-run mark. However, once Kuldeep castled Babar, there was no looking back. Pakistan soon slipped from 117 for 1 to 129 for 5. They eventually finished their innings on 212 for 6 in the rain-affected match.
Speaking at the end of the game, Virat Kohli pointed out India’s dominating record against Pakistan. He also made it clear that the players keep their emotions under check while taking on Pakistan.
“I think they outplayed us in the Champions Trophy final, but apart from that we have played good cricket against them. If you focus on this game with too much emotion, things can go haywire. We never approach these games from the fans’ atmosphere, but as cricketers we need to be professional and understand what needs to be done on the field,” Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
India’s win was a bit marred by an injury to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The pacer walked off the field while he was bowling just his third over and did not return for the remainder of the clash. Giving an update on Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Virat Kohli said:
“Bhuvi’s case looks like a niggle, a case of slipping on the footmarks. It doesn’t look too serious at the moment and looks like he could recover in a couple of games from now, maximum of three games. He is going to be an important factor for us so hopefully he can recover in time. But we have Shami with us and it shouldn’t be much of a worry for us. Even Bhuvi doesn’t think his niggle is too bad and that time would heal it.”