India secured an emphatic victory over Pakistan at Old Trafford in a key World Cup fixture on Sunday, maintaining their unbeaten streak against the Greenshirts at the tournament.
India set Pakistan a 337-run target to chase down. However, after a spell of rain interrupted the Pakistan innings in the 35th over, the target was adjusted to 302 runs, while the length of the innings was revised down to 40 overs.
Once the covers came off, Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan kept up a steady rhythm but it just wasn’t enough to score the 136 needed off 30 balls to win.
Lokesh Rahul, promoted in the absence of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, and Rohit Sharma started the Indian innings, whereas the pairing of Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali shared the new ball for Pakistan.
Amir, as he has done multiple times in the World Cup so far, started with an excellent opening over — a maiden. The second one bowled by Ali was expensive, however, with eight coming off it, including a boundary off an inside edge.
The Men in Blue dominated almost all sessions of the play but were pegged back slightly in the final five overs, falling short of the 350-plus they were odds on to amass at one point.
Amir was easily the pick of Pakistan bowlers, taking three wickets for just 47 runs in his 10.
The Greenshirts started cautiously, not taking any risk. Lady Luck appeared to have smiled on them in the 5th over when the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar tweaked his hamstring and left the field.
Babar Azam walked in and helped Fakhar Zaman stabilise the ship. However, the duo were playing a bit too cautiously, allowing the run rate to jump up. After 10 overs, they were 38-1 and 87-1 after 20.
Just when it seemed they were set enough to step up a gear or two, Azam (57-ball 48) was sent packing by an incredible delivery by Kuldeep Yadav in the 24th over.
Shortly after, rain interrupted play for a second time, bringing the covers back on when Pakistan were 166-6.
As play resumed, the Duckworth Lewis method gave the side a 40-over game, and Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim had just 30 balls to score 136 runs. The two maintained a steady run rate, but the game ultimately ended not with a bang, but with a whimper.
All of us are glued onto our TV sets today watching the India Vs Pakistan match. The team of Jawaani Jaaneman also went to Old Trafford in Manchester to cheer for team India.
Saif Ali Khan, Alaia Furniturewallah and Shibani Dandekar were seen bleeding for the men in blue. All of them wore Indian jerseys like true fans. In one of the pics, we can see Alaia holding the Indian flag.
But Saif Ali Khan was badly trolled by a Pakistani fan when he reached at Old Trafford to watch the match. The video of incident went viral on social media.
Here’s the video: