India Continue Unbeaten Run With Crushing Win Over Pakistan

Community members say winning against arch-rival matters more than lifting the trophy

Community members say winning against arch-rival matters more than lifting the trophy

Earlier in the day, India posted a daunting total of 336 thanks to Rohit Sharma after the team was put into bat by Pakistan.

Hours before the two arch-rivals face-ff on the field in England, Khan has recommendations for captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and his team - Focus on mental strength, use specialist bowlers and batsmen against India, and don't let the fact that "India may be the favourites" prevent you from "fight (ing) till the last ball". When play resumed, Pakistan needed 302 runs to win off 40 overs but finished up with 212-6.

Captain Virat Kohli joined Rohit in the middle to power India towards the 300-mark.

India have beaten Pakistan in all six previous World Cup encounters, including the 2011 semifinal at Mohali before they went on to win the title on home soil.

India won their first two games against South Africa and defending champions Australia before having to share the points with 2015 finalists New Zealand following a washout in Nottingham.

They were 166-6 after 35 overs when rain forced the players off the ground again and the revised target left them needing an impossible 136 off five overs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar left the field after suffering tightness in his left hamstring. Pakistan initially found the going hard after Shankar's strike but both Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam steadily brought their team on track.

Pakistan, chasing 337 to win, were dealt an early blow as Vijay Shankar struck in the fifth over to remove the unsafe Imam-ul-Haq for 7.

Babar was bowled between bat by a superb delivery before Zaman miscued a sweep to short fine leg.

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All-rounder Hardik Pandya then took two wickets in two balls.

Mohammad Hafeez was caught at deep square leg before Shoaib Malik played on for his second successive duck - a wicket greeted with huge roars by the massed ranks of India fans in a capacity crowd, with an estimated one billion watching on television.

Kohli became the quickest player to 11,000 one-day global runs, getting there in 222nd innings as compared to compatriot Sachin Tendulkar's previous record of 276 innings.

Mohammad Amir is a left-arm quick who has the responsibility of carrying a rich legacy of Pakistan pacemen.

KL Rahul eventually got out after scoring 57, which incidentally is still more than the number of seats Congress won in the 2019 Lok Sabha Election.

He then entered the 90s with an extraordinary square-cut six off paceman Hasan Ali.

Then a single off Shadab saw him to an 85-ball hundred including three sixes and nine fours.

India's Rohit Sharma comes with a reputation of getting big hundreds and he did not disappoint with his second century of the tournament.

Kohli, 71 not out at the start of a 55-minute rain break, fell soon after the resumption when, trying to hook Amir, he "walked" for a catch behind by wicket-keeper Sarfaraz despite replays appearing to show he didn't hit the ball.

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