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India beat Pakistan by 76 runs

Younis Khan

Adelaide: India beat Pakistan by 76 runs in their opening Cricket World Cup match of the cricket World Cup at the Adelaide Oval, here today.

Virat Kohli got back to form with a skillful century as India posted a competitive 300 for seven against arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening group league encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup, here today.

Electing to bat on a warm afternoon, Kohli continued his love affair with the Adelaide Oval as he hit a composed 107 off 126 balls with eight boundaries.

Pakistan’s death bowling needs to be complimented as their young fast bowler Sohail Khan (5/55) checked the Indian surge.

India wobbled in the last five overs, losing five wickets for only 27 runs which stopped them short of the projected score of 325.

En route his 22nd ODI century, Kohli joined Sourav Ganguly as the second-highest century maker for India in ODIs with only Sachin Tendulkar (49) ahead of him. But he did eclipse Tendulkar’s highest individual score (98) by an Indian against Pakistan in any World Cup game.

Along with Shikhar Dhawan (73) and Suresh Raina (74), the trio pulverised a Pakistan bowling attack, which ran out of ideas by the 20th over itself.

What Dhawan and Kohli started with a bang was finished with a flourish due to Raina’s 56-ball knock that had five fours and three sixes.

Raina upped the ante as soon as he came in as he carted the Pakistani bowlers in the arc between square leg and deep mid-wicket. All his sixes were hit in that particular region as the opposition attack ran short of ideas.

Much depended on the 7 feet 1 inch tall Mohammad Irfan (0/56 in 10 overs) but Indian batsmen’s meticulous homework and Pakistan’s lack of it were evident during the Kohli-Dhawan partnership.

It was patient yet authoritative knock from Kohli, where he built his innings brick-by-brick rather than playing scintillating shots. It wasn’t a flurry of boundaries but liberal sprinklings of ones and twos with the boundaries interspersed in-between.

The testimony to his patience was his first 50 came off 60 balls while the second 50 took as many 59 deliveries.

Brief Scores:

India: 300 for 7 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 73, Virat Kohli 107; Suresh Raina 74; Sohail Khan 5/55).

Pakistan: 224 all out in 47 overs (Misbah-ul-Haq 76; Mohammed Shami 4/35).

Score Board

India innings

Name Runs Balls 4s 6s
Shikhar Dhawan Run Out by Misbah Ul Haq b Haris Sohail 73 76 7 1
Rohit Sharma c Misbah Ul Haq b Sohail Khan 15 20 2 0
Virat Kohli c Umar Akmal b Sohail Khan 107 126 8 0
Suresh Raina c Haris Sohail b Sohail Khan 74 56 5 3
Mahendra Singh Dhoni c Misbah Ul Haq b Sohail Khan 18 13 1 1
Ravindra Jadeja bowled by Wahab Riaz 3 5 0 0
A Rahane bowled by Sohail Khan 0 1 0 0
Ravichandran Ashwin Not Out 1 1 0 0
Mohammed Shami Not Out 3 3 0 0

Extras: (LB-2 W-3 NB-1)                     6

Total: (For 7 wkts in 50 overs)          300

Fall of wickets: 1/3 2/163 3/273 4/284 5/296 6/296 7/296

Bowling: Mohammad Irfan 10-0-58-0, Sohail Khan 10-0-55-5, Shahid Afridi 8-0-50-0, Wahab Riaz 10-0-49-1, Yasir Shah 8-0-60-0, Haris Sohail 4-0-26-0.

Pakistan innings:

Ahmed Shehzad
c Jadeja b Yadav    47
Younis Khan
c †Dhoni b Mohammed Shami 06
Haris Sohail
c Raina  b Ashwin  36
c Rahane b Mohammed Shami 76
Sohaib Maqsood
c Raina b Yadav   00
Umar Akmal†            c †Dhoni b Jadeja 00
Shahid Afridi
c Kohli b Mohammed Shami  00
Wahab Riaz            c †Dhoni b Mohammed Shami   04
Yasir Shah
c Yadav b MM Sharma   13
Sohail Khan
c Yadav b MM Sharma  07
Mohammad Irfan
not out 01

Extras    (LB-1, W-10, NB-1)                      12

Total (all out in 47 overs)    224

Fall of wickets: 1-11, 2-79, 3-102, 4-102, 5-103, 6-149, 7-154, 8-203, 9-220, 10-224

Bowling: UT Yadav 10-0-50-2, Mohammed Shami 9-1-35-4, MM Sharma 9-0-35-2, SK Raina 1-0-6-0, R Ashwin 8-3-41-1, RA Jadeja 10-0-56-1.

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