The mother of all battles goes exactly opposite to the expectations of it being a close encounter. A one-sided contest to send India to the top of the points table. It's 8-0 to the Men in Blue in the marquee event. Pakistan came unbeaten to this game and were handed their first defeat of this World Cup. India have the Bangladesh challenge up next at Pune on 19th October, while Pakistan face wounded Australia at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru on 20th October.
For now, it's me AkshayaKrishna Polya, signing off on behalf of my co-commentators Akshay Bhide and Sidharth Gulati, who, alongside our scorers/analysts Zeeshan Naiyer and Raju Khariya, brought you all the live-action of this battle of arch-rivals. We will meet in another game. Until then, it's cheers!
That's the mood around the Indian camp 👇
Rohit Sharma (India Captain):"Yeah. Absolutely. No doubt about it. The bowlers have done a fine job of restricting them to 190. I don't think it was a 190 pitch. We were looking at 280-290 at one stage but the way the bowlers bounced back, shows a great character about them.
We pride ourselves on that. Whoever gets the ball does the job for us. That's what we keep speaking in the changing room. It might happen that it won't be your day. So the other guys step up. I just try to figure out who is doing the job for me.
It's only because the guys before entering the World Cup got the clarity. We were very clear about what we wanted to do. We very were clear with what the guys had to do and they also took full responsibility for it. The bowlers also have been picking fifers before the World Cup. But we don't want to go too ahead of us. Also, we don't want to get too low. We want to stay balanced.
Honestly, I have said a few times. This is the opposition that we wanted to play because they are a strong opposition. We wanted to get on the field and give our best. What has happened in the past or what will happen in the future doesn't matter to me much. We just take it as any other game."
Babar Azam (Pakistan Skipper): "We started well with the bat. Imam-ul-Haq and I stitched a good partnership. But we collapsed and didn't finish well. The collapse wasn't good for us and it cost us the game. We haven't bowled well with the new ball. But credit to Rohit for the way he played."
Jasprit Bumrah (Player of the Match):"Yeah. It felt good. Usually, you try to analyze the wicket and how to bowl. We assessed the conditions quickly and tried to make life harder for their batters.
Just being aware. When I was young, I was asking a lot of questions. So that it helps. I was asking a lot of questions to my seniors and I guess that helped me assess the conditions quickly.
I saw Jaddu's bowl turn a bit. So I thought it would be a good option to bowl in the middle overs. I tried and it gripped and that's one of those days.
There was a little phase in that when there was a reverse swing. It was the outswing and not the cutter. I have seen him and Wasim Akram bowl some magical deliveries while growing up. So him praising me is a great feeling."
Player of the Match: Jasprit Bumrah
A) This is India’s eighth consecutive win over Pakistan in ODI World Cups
B)India batters to hit five or more sixes in an innings, most times, in ODI World Cup
Third biggest defeat for Pakistan in World Cup in term of balls remaining:
218 balls - vs West Indies (2019)
179 balls - vs Australia (1999)
117 balls - vs India (TODAY)
Most 50+ scores while chasing in World Cup:
7 - Rohit Sharma (12 Innings) 7 - Shakib Al Hasan (19 Innings) 6 - Sachin Tendulkar (16 Innings) 6 - Jacques Kallis (18 Innings)
The crowd is chanting Vande Mataram. Goosebumps moment for all Indians!
8:05 PM IST and Local Time: Shreyas Iyer dances down the track and smacks the winning runs with the crowd at Ahmedabad standing and applauding the Indian side for their dominating victory against the arch-rivals! Amit Shah is one among them... India maintain their unbeaten record against Pakistan in the 50 overs World Cup as they hand their Asian counterparts yet another massive defeat in the marquee event. For the numbers, it’s India 8 and Pakistan 0 in the World Cups. Just a sheer dominance from the Men in Blue apart from that one partnership between Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan. Ahmedabad was a Sea of Blues, and the Men in Green have just been submerged completely! Earlier in the match, India won the toss and opted to field. Indian pacers- Jasprit Bumrah was excellent, while Mohammed Siraj was wayward, getting hit for regular boundaries as Imam-ul-Haq and Abdullah Shafique gave Pakistan a steady start. But Siraj found his mark in the 8th over of the match as he nipped back one to trap Shafique (20 off 24) in front of the stumps. Imam (36 off 38) got to a start but failed to convert as Hardik Pandya found the outside edge of the southpaw in the 13th over.
Babar (50 off 58) and Rizwan ( 49 off 69) steered the ship, adding 82 runs for the third wicket, with the former getting to his half-century. India were looking for the breakthrough, with the Men in Green going strong at 155/2. But once Siraj broke the partnership by knocking over the off-stump of the Pakistani skipper in the 30th over, the massive collapse began as Pakistan were bundled out for 191 in the 43rd over.
Kuldeep Yadav (10-0-35-2) and Jasprit Bumrah (7-1-19-2) were simply brilliant in their comeback spells and just bowled tremendous deliveries to outsmart the Pakistani middle and lower-order batters. Ravindra Jadeja (9.5-0-38-2) then took care of the tailenders. Apart from Shardul Thakur, everyone who bowled for India picked a couple of wickets each.
Coming to the chase, Rohit Sharma continued from where he left off in the last game. He just smashed one boundary after another, showing no mercy at the visiting bowlers. Shubman Gill (16 off 11) and Virat Kohli (16 off 18) played a few glorious strokes but didn't stay longer in the crease. India raced to 79 in the first ten overs and batted Pakistan out of the chase.
Rohit (86 off 63) played an array of beautiful strokes, including 6 fours and 6 sixes, before getting deceived by a slower ball from Shaheen (2/36) in the 22nd over. Before missing out on another brilliant century, Rohit was involved in a partnership of 77 with Shreyas Iyer for the third wicket.
Shreyas (53 off 62) and Rahul (19 off 22) remained unbeaten as they took India home in the 31st over, but the proceedings were slowed down a touch following the dismissal of Hitman.
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That's a well-deserved fifty for Shreyas Iyer. India make it three in three. A resounding victory over a team that broke a world record in their previous game against Sri Lanka.
4 FOUR!!! Shreyas Iyer finishes things in style. He also brings up his fifty with this boundary. An emphatic win for India over Pakistan as they make it 8-0 against their arch-rivals in the ODI World Cups. This was a tossed up delivery on the stumps from Nawaz, Iyer dances down the track and drills it straight back over the bowler's head for a boundary. Was hit straight as an arrow and the long on and the long off fielder had no chance of stopping this one.