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Rain stopped play twice. A dominant India beat Pakistan by 89 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-hit group match at Old Trafford to maintain their unbeaten World Cup record against their arch-rivals on Sunday. Put into bat in a stop-start match, India posted a commanding with Rohit Sharma smashing his second century of the tournament.
Skipper Virat Kohli 77 and KL Rahul 57 also got fifty but Mohammad Amir's tight death-overs spell denied India a plus total in the sold out contest between the arch-rivals.
A century stand between Fakhar Zaman 62 and Babar Azam 48 kept alive Pakistan's hopes until they suffered a batting collapse and finished on in 40 overs chasing a revised target of Rain reduces the match to 40 overs and the revised target for Pakistan in , meaning they will need runs in five overs.
Vijay Shankar bowled Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed in the 35th over before play came to a halt due to rain. The rain appears to be heavy and if play do not restart, India will win. The par score after 35 overs is and Pakistan are 86 runs behind that target according to the DLS.
Pakistan are for six after 35 overs. Pakistan looked to fight till the end as Fakhar and Babar looked good at the crease. However, four quick wickets, two a piece for Kuldeep and Pandya, put India on course for another win.
Imad Wasim and skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed look to just bat through the overs as the chances of Pakistan winning the match look bleaker every ball. Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets in two consecutive overs for India, as the two set batsmen Fakhar Zaman and Babar Zaman are sent back.
Pakistan under pressure as the required run rate gradually increases. Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and Mohammad Hafeez are on to the field to take the innings till the end.
Kuldeep Yadav breaks through the defence of Babar Azam. Incredible delivery from a talented bowler.
Everything about thE delivery was the kind of stuff dreams are made of for a left-arm wrists-pinner. Nicely tossed up, the ball drifts away gently across Babar, pitches and then wickedly spins back in.
Babar was looking to get outside the line to block, but was completely deceived by the dip, and then because he played down the wrong line with a bit of gap between bat and pad, there was no second line of defence.
Sneaked through the gap, clean bowled. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam steady the ship for Pakistan as they score runs carefully and comfortably.
The two batsmen are slowly building a partnership despite a stumping scare from Dhoni off Kuldeep Yadav's ball. Pakistan lost Imam-ul-Haq in the early stages to Vijay Shankar as they look to chase a mammoth total of runs. Shankar was brought in to bowl the two balls in an over where the Bhuvneshwar Kumar left with a minor injury scare after bowling four balls.
Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman try to score runs with no risk. Mohammad Amir was the stand out bowler as he picked three wickets from his 10 overs. India's Rohit Sharma hit his second hundred in three innings to leave bitter rivals Pakistan needing to make World Cup history on Sunday.
Sharma's was the centrepiece of India's for five at Old Trafford as they looked to make it seven wins out of seven against Pakistan at the World Cup.
The most any side have made batting second to win a World Cup match is Ireland's for seven against England at Bangalore in Meanwhile, Virat Kohli became the quickest player to 11, one-day international runs during his innings of The India captain reached the landmark in his nd innings, smashing compatriot Sachin Tendulkar's previous record of innings.
Pakistan left-arm quick Mohammad Amir was his side's only threat with three for 47 despite two early warnings for running on the pitch.
Sharma and KL Rahul 57 got India off to a fine start with a first-wicket stand of after Pakistan won the toss. Their efforts were all the more impressive as they were opening together for the first time at this level.
Regular opener Shikhar Dhawan was sidelined with a thumb injury sustained while making a century in a victory over champions Australia last time out. There was hype about this game," Rahul said.
To get over gives us a boost. He got there in style with a six over long-on and a cut four, off successive deliveries from recalled leg-spinner Shadab Khan. Rahul also brought his fifty up with a six, against off-spinner Shoaib Malik.
But he fell soon afterwards to Wahab Riaz who struck one ball after receiving two official warnings in consecutive deliveries for running on the pitch. Sharma went into the 90s with an extraordinary square-cut six over paceman Hasan Ali. Then a single off Shadab saw him to an ball hundred including three sixes and nine fours.
It was Sharma's 24th ODI century. But a quickfire stand of 98 with Kohli ended when Sharma, trying a needlessly extravagant scoop, flicked Hasan straight to Wahab at short fine leg.
An annoyed Sharma slapped his bat against his pads in frustration. Rain stopped play with India for four in the 47th over, with Kohli then 71 not out. But to the relief of tournament organisers, as well as a capacity crowd, with a World Cup record four matches having already been washed out, play resumed after 55 minutes with no overs lost.
Kohli added just six more runs to his score before, trying to hook Amir, he 'walked' for a catch behind by Pakistan captain and wicket-keeper Sarfaraz Ahmed despite replays appearing to show he didn't make contact with the ball. Pakistan are currently ninth in the team table and realistically need to beat India if they are to maintain their hopes of a top-four finish from the round-robin group stage that will see them into the semi-finals.
More than a billion fans were set to watch the match on television, while there were some , applications for tickets to watch the match at an Old Trafford ground where the maximum capacity is 26, Quick bouncer from Mohammad Amir, too quick for Kohli, who tried to swivel and pull it to fine leg.
If India do not bat again, Pakistan will require runs in 46 overs. In case of a over match, Pakistan will have a run target.
Kohli has played in ODIs till the previous game against New Zealand in the World Cup and has batted in of them scoring 10, runs at an average of He has 41 hundreds and 50 half-centuries under his belt with against Pakistan being his highest.
The star batsman has remained not out 37 times. He is already the fastest to 10, ODI runs which he reached in his th innings matches during the games against the West Indies on October 24, in Visakhapatnam.
Rohit Sharma finally falls after a impressive off just deliveries, an innings laced with 14 fours and three sixes. He looked visibly frustrated as this was an opportunity to really put Pakistan out of the game with a really big team total. India still have the firepower to go on and make a really challenging score in this game.
Rohit Sharma scored a scintillating century of 85 balls as India are cruising along. Wahab Riaz pitched the ball up to Rahul, and the batsman looked to play on the front foot, and guide it through the covers.
Instead, it spooned up to Babar Azam for the most comfortable catch he will ever take. The new opening duo combined to notch the fourth century stand for India against Pakistan in a World Cup match.
Lokesh Rahul, who is opening the batting due to the injury to regular opener Shikhar Dhawan has looked solid so far. Mohammad Amir bowled four econmical overs but Pakistan leaked runs at the other end.
They had a huge opportunity in the 10th over when the openers miscommunicated while running between the wickets. The fielder threw at the wrong end and Sharma survived and he proceeded to race to a ball 50 as India reached 79 for no loss in 12 overs.
This is the marquee match of this World Cup, and billions of people would be tuning in to their TV sets, radios and on the internet for updates of this match. Rain was forecast heavily for this match, but thankfully the skies seem to be clear for the time being.
India versus Pakistan matches have, over the years, produced some heated rivalries and epic moments, be it at the World Cup or elsewhere, but its not always about rivalries and bitterness between these two neighbours.