India skipper Virat Kohli could not have asked for a better performance from his team against arch-rivals Pakistan. The skipper led from the very front as India thrashed Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) method to extend their stunning start to the World Cup. Asked to bat first, India piled up 336 for 5 in the allotted 50 overs. In reply, Pakistan ended up on 212 for 6 while chasing a revised total of 301 in 40 overs.
Openers 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 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.
India are now second in the points table with seven points from four games. The Men in Blue have dropped their only point so far in the washed-out game against New Zealand when the game was abandoned without a ball being bowled.
Following the game against Pakistan, Virat Kohli too to Twitter to hail the team effort. The India star also thanked the fans for their support, writing:
“Top performance by the team. Thanks to all the fans for turning out in large numbers. ?? ???? #CWC19 #INDvPAK”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) June 16, 2019
Pakistan, meanwhile, have dropped to the ninth spot in the points table and are now standing on the verge of elimination. They will have to win all of their remaining four games to stand any chance of progressing ahead.