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India opener Rohit Sharma hammered a dazzling 140 to lead his side to an 89-run win over Pakistan via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in Manchester.
India’s victory extended their unbeaten streak against Pakistan as they have now won all seven of their meetings against their arch-rivals in the World Cup.
Being put in to bat first, India got off to a magnificent start as Rohit and Lokesh Rahul amassed a 136-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their fifties.
Rahul ended up making 57, which came off 78 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was dismissed by Wahab Riaz.
Rohit and India captain Virat Kohli kept the runs flowing with a 98-run stand, during which Rohit cruised past his hundred, before he was caught by Wahab at short fine leg off the bowling of Hasan Ali for 140, which came off 113 balls and included 14 boundaries and three sixes.
Kohli and Hardik Pandya added 51 runs to the score before Pandya was sent packing by Mohammad Amir for 26.
Dhoni only made one run before he was caught behind off the bowling of Amir, who also had Kohli caught behind for a 65-ball 77, which included seven boundaries.
However, replays suggested that Kohli didn’t actually hit the ball and should therefore have not been out.
But, Kohli made history during his innings as he became the fastest batsman to reach 11,000 ODI runs.
Thanks to Rohit and Kohli, India finished on 336/5.
Amir was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Hasan and Wahab chipped in with one wicket apiece.
Chasing 337 to win initially, Pakistan got off to a poor start as opener Imam-ul-Haq, who made seven runs, was trapped lbw off the bowling of Vijay Shankar, who was bowling his first ball to complete Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s over as he hurt his hamstring.
Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam made up for the loss of Imam with a 104-run partnership, during which Zaman registered his fifty, before Azam was clean bowled by Kuldeep Yadav for 48.
Kuldeep struck again in his next over as he removed Zaman for a 75-ball 62, which included seven boundaries and a six.
Pandya then sent Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik packing in successive deliveries as Pakistan found themselves in all kinds of trouble at 129/5.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed could’t rescue his side as he was cleaned up by Shankar for 12 runs.
Shortly after Sarfraz’s dismissal, the rain came and Pakistan were eventually set a new target of 302 to win off 40 overs.
Even though Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan forged an unbeaten 47-run stand, it was not enough as Pakistan fell well short of their target as they finished on 212/6.
Shankar, Pandya and Kuldeep claimed two wickets each.
Rohit was named Man of the Match.