Virat Kohli played a man of the match knock assisted by Suresh Raina and Shikhar Dhawan to set up a 77-run victory for India over Pakistan in their Pool B encounter at the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Adelaide on Sunday. India won the toss and chose to bat. They lost Rohit Sharma in the eighth over when he chose the wrong shot and was caught by the Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq running in from the boundary.
Kohli joined Dhawan at the crease and they built a solid partnership worth 129 runs to guide their side to a respectable 156/1. Their stand was broken when Dhawan was run out in the 30th over to leave them on 163/2. Raina joined Kohli at the crease and picked up where Dhawan left off to put on another useful partnership of 110 runs to help India set up a good total.
The Pakistanis on the other hand were not having a good day in the field as they dropped a few catches and were unable to shackle the Indian batsman. Raina and Kohli’s partnership helped their side to 273/2 which included a century for the latter and a half century for the former before they had a small batting collapse when they lost Kohli (107), Raina (74), Ravindra Jadeja (3), MS Dhoni (18) and Ajinkya Rahane (0) as they ended their innings on 300/7. In reply the Green Shirts got off to a good start despite losing the early wicket of Younis Khan (6), Haris Sohail and Ahmed Shehzad put in a decent partnership of 68 runs to help their side to 79/1 before Sohail departed when he nicked one from Ravichandran Ashwin to Raina in the slips.
Skipper Misbah and Shehzad (47) saw the Pakistanis past the 100 mark before the latter departed closely followed by Sohaib Maqsood (0) who nicked one from Umesh Yadav to the slips. With the score on 102/4, still requiring a further 199 runs from 26 overs, Umar Akmal came to the crease but he was not able to make an impact as he edged one to Dhoni and departed for a duck with Pakistan on 103/5. The skipper was joined by another veteran in Shahid Afridi and they were able to steady the ship and put on a partnership that lead them to 149/5 before Afridi (22) departed, closely followed by Wahab Riaz (4) as they found themselves on 154/7.
Yasir Shah (13) joined his skipper and put on a partnership of 49 runs to see them to 200/7 before he too departed. Sohail Khan joined the skipper with seven overs to go and they were able to add a further 17 runs to their total before before Misbah (74) was dismissed with his side on 220/9 needing an improbable 81 runs off 24 balls. They were unable to make up the deficit as the final wicket of Khan (7) fell as they were bowled out for 224 with three overs to spare.