India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Rohit ton, Kohli's 77 power India to massive 336 runs
Manchester | Jagran Sports Desk: Riding the exceptional batting show by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, India set a massive target of 337 runs against Pakistan in the high-octane clash of the World Cup today.
India put up an excellent batting show with 336 runs on board at the loss of five wickets in the allotted 50 overs.
Rohit slammed his 24th ODI, his second of the tournament, and hit a majestic 140-run knock off just 113 balls. His inning included 13 boundaries and four high-rise sixes.
Rohit was well supported by K L Rahul as the two put up a record 136 runs partnership for the first wicket. This is the first 100-run opening partnership by India against Pakistan in a World Cup.
Rahul, in his cautious inning, scored 57 off 78 balls, hitting three fours and two sixes.
Rohit then put up another 98 runs with Kohli for the second wicket. The Indian skipper, in his 77-run innings, became the fastest cricketer to reach 11,000 runs in One-day internationals, breaking Sachin Tendulkar's 17 year-old record.
Tendulkar had reached the 11,000-run mark in ODIs against England on January 28, 2002 in Kanpur. He had taken 276 innings and 284 ODIs to get there while Kohli took just 222 innings to join the elite list of players.
Kohli is the ninth player after Tendulkar, Kumar Sangakkara, Ricky Ponting, Sanath Jayasuriya, Mahela Jayawardene, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Jacques Kallis and Sourav Ganguly to score 11,000 ODI runs.
Kohli was unbeaten on 71 runs with Vijay Shankar on the crease with him when rain stopped play for a short while. However, there was no loss of overs as the break between innings was reduced to 15 minutes.
Mohammed Amir came out as the most successful bowler for Pakistan, picking up three wickets while giving away just 47 runs in his 10 overs. Amir removed Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
The strategy to field two spinners -- Imad Wasim (0/49) and leg-spinner Shadab Khan (0/61) -- didn't work for Pakistan. Their veteran part-timers Shoab Malik and Mohammed Hafeez bowled one over each.
Pakistan bowlers bowled full length balls, which worked to Rohit's strength as he played two shots, pull and cut during his innings that had 14 boundaries and three sixes.
Unlike the Champions Trophy final, the Indians were positive from the start. Rahul pulled Amir for a boundary and then Rohit creamed off runs from Hasan Ali.
Rohit also treated the fans with some deft late cuts, back cuts and upper cuts and the occasional slog over deep mid-wicket.
When Riaz came to bowl, he erred both in line and length as his strategy to pepper the Indian batsmen with short pitch stuff backfired. He lost rhythm after getting a warning for stepping onto the ‘dangerous area' and had to come round the wicket.
The only time he looked good was when he bowled full slower delivery to Rahul, who lobbed it to the cover fielder.
Hardik Pandya scored 26 off 19 balls during his hit and miss effort while Mahendra Singh Dhoni edged one off Amir behind the stumps after which rain stopped proceedings.
All-rounder Vijay Shankar replaced the injured Shikhar Dhawan in the Indian eleven while Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan were included in the Pakistan eleven.
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta