Rohit Sharma shuts down critics royally as India crush Pakistan in World Cup’19

After putting India to bat first at Old Trafford Ground, Indian openers were off to a brilliant start putting on 136 runs for the 1st wicket. Pakistan must have opted to bat first as they have a history of taking quick wickets of Indian openers most of the times. Plus the Mohammad Amir element who is not back to form but also manages to trouble the Indians must have failed on their plans of cashing in on some early wickets. KL Rahul grabbed opportunity with both the hands scoring a solid 57 while it was Rohit who at one stage was looking too good for a 200 eventually getting out on a magnificent 140 off 113 balls laced with 14 fours and 3 sixes. Many had doubted Sharma’s ability vs quality left arm seamers but he has proved every one wrong in this campaign with some quality knocks vs Australia and Pakistan who are known for their good bowling attacks and especially their left arm bowlers in Starc, Riaz and Amir. Kohli brought up his 51st ODI fifty scoring a confident looking 77 which eventually pushed the team total of 336/5 in 50 overs. Mohammad Amir was again impressive with 3/47 taking big wickets of Dhoni and Kohli.

There was not much to talk about Pakistan’s batting as they never really looked that anxious enough to chase down a big total of 337. Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) at one point looked good but quick wickets and rain spoiled the momentum of Pakistan. Imad Wasim with his unbeaten 46* looked good at no.7 but India were declared winners by 89 runs by D/L method. From the bowlers, Pandya, Shankar and Kuldeep came up with 2 wkts each as India completely dominated the arch rivals Pakistan.

Virat in this match became the quickest to reach 11,000 ODI runs surpassing Tendulkar with a margin of 54 innings while Rohit Sharma for his splendid 140 was declared ‘man of the match’