India have beaten Pakistan by 89 runs even with a revised target brought on by several rain delays according to DLS method in their 2019 Cricket World Cup match at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester.
With this victory, India have won all seven of their encounters against Pakistan in the history of the championship.
With rain coming on again, the second innings was truncated to 40 overs. Pakistan needed 130 runs to win in the last five overs when play resumed, which was always going to be a bridge too far.
Put into bat in the first inning India got off to a strong start with Lokesh Rahul, replacing injured Shikhar Dhawan at the top, and Rohit Sharma forging a 136-run stand for the opening wicket. Rohit made 140 off 113 balls and raised 98 runs with Kohli but Mohammad Amir’s tight bowling at the death overs denied India a 350-plus total. Amir was the pick of the Pakistan bowlers claiming 3-47.
Pakistan got off to a dismal start as they lost Imam-ul-Haq early. Vijay Shankar gave India the first breakthrough, trapping him leg before wicket in the fifth over. Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman then lifted Pakistan with a steady 104-run stand for the second wicket.
Kuldeep Yadav then struck at the right time to dismiss both batsmen in quick succession. Yadav first bowled out Azam and then ended Zaman’s stay. Hardik Pandya then joined the party dismissing Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik with consecutive deliveries of the 27th over.