Virat Kohli scored an imperious century as India opened their World Cup defence in convincing fashion with a 76-run victory over Pakistan...
Virat Kohli scored an imperious century as India opened their World Cup defence in convincing fashion with a 76-run victory over Pakistan in a frenzied atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
The much-anticipated India vs Pakistan Pool B grudge match, the latest chapter in one of the great rivalries in sport, attracted a passionate crowd of 41,587 to the revamped ground with up to a billion more tuning in on the sub-continent and around the world.
In the high-voltage match between the bitter rivals, India again emerged victorious in a rather one-sided affair, thus maintaining their magnificent record against Pakistan by winning the sixth consecutive World Cup game since the rivalry started way back in 1992 – if you include T20s, then it is ninth.
It was the two thirds of the crowd dressed in the blue of India who had most to cheer, though, as Virat Kohli brushed aside concerns over his recent one-day form with a knock of 107 to drive his side to an imposing tally of 300 for seven.
Virat Kohli got back to form with a skillful century as India posted a competitive 300 for seven against arch-rivals Pakistan in the opening group league encounter of the ICC Cricket World Cup, here today. (Facebook)
Pakistan started their reply steadily before a three-wicket blitz in two overs at the halfway mark of the innings saw opener Ahmed Shehzad depart for 47 and reduced them to 103 for five.
Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (76) and Shahid Afridi flirted with a match-changing partnership but once the latter departed for 22 and Wahab Riaz followed in the same over, Pakistan’s hopes of a first win over India in six World Cup attempts was gone.
Indian seamer Mohammed Shami took four for 35 but it was Mohit Sharma who drove the final nail into the coffin when Sohail Khan holed out for seven to end the Pakistan innings at 224 all out.
Kohli’s century was the first by an Indian in those six World Cup encounters and took his impressive tally to 22 in one-day internationals, joint fourth on the all-time list with his former skipper Sourav Ganguly.
Dropped from a difficult chance by Yasir Shah off Afridi on seven and again by wicketkeeper Umar Akmal on 76, Kohli otherwise played well within himself and gave few chances in his 126 balls at the crease.
The 26-year-old put together a dominant partnership of 129 with Shikhar Dhawan (73) and, once the opener had been run out, another of 110 with Suresh Raina (74), whose innings was as aggressive as Dhawan’s had been considered.
Kohli reached his hundred with a single to long on, whipping off his helmet to celebrate his fourth century in five one-day and test matches at the Adelaide Oval.
Sohail Khan took 5-55 in his first one-dayer since 2011, removing both Kohli and Raina as well as India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as three Indian batsmen were sent back in the last couple of overs.
That gave Pakistan some momentum but they lost it completely when Shehzad, Sohaib Maqsood (0) and Akmal (0) were dismissed in two overs.
Misbah played the captain’s role in his 84-ball 76, which included nine fours and a six, but the 40-year-old’s quest for a maiden one-day century will go on to his 157th match.
Here are some interesting search trends on Google around today’s clash between India and Pakistan:
Country | In Match Trends
IN | Ready to Rumble
In the run up to CWC15, the only other sport in both India and Pakistan that made it to the top searches was WWE.
IN | Stealing her thunder
Usually, Anushka gets more daily searches than Kohli but the India-Pakistan game has changed the rules. While at the crease, Kohli was searched 5x more than she was.
IN | Sunny Days
Despite Virat Kohli being the first centurian in an India-Pakistan World Cup match, search interest still remained higher for Sunny Leone during the game.
IN | Hungry for Victory
The day before the match, “pav bhaji” was the most searched for recipe in India. But during the 1st innings, “Chicken Biryani” was favored by Indian cooks.
IN | Bollywood nostalgia
As Amitabh took the commentary box, searches for the 1982 hit Namak Halaal containing his legendary dialogue on cricket, hit an all-time high.
IN | Love thy Nation
Ahead of the world cup, there has been an increase in the number of searches for Indian national anthem ‘Jana Mana Gana’ by 60%.
IN | Give me 5
In India, searches for Sohail Khan have spiked up to more than 5 times during his successful 5 wicket haul in the match.
IN & PK | Neck to neck
Before the match began, Shahid Afridi was searched 6X times more than Virat Kohli. Once he closed towards his century, searches for Kohli exceeded those of Afridi.
PK | Complete Cricket Mania
Over the last 24 hours, the top 20 search terms in Pakistan had 19 cricket terms in it.
PK | High Interest
Indians are surely curious of the height of Mohd. Irfan as 1/4 of Indians searching for him during the match were actually searching for his height.
SA | Love thy neighbour
In the hours leading up to South Africa v/s Zimbabwe, searches for Zimbabwe’s national anthem spiked by 6x in South Africa.
Here’s how #INDvPAK played out on Twitter:
The game saw a total of 1,694,510 Tweets during the game
The top Tweets Per Minute (TPM) moments were:
1. India are victorious by 76 runs (9987 TPM)
2. Virat Kohli brings up his century (7159 TPM)
3. Kohli is dismissed by 107 runs (6916 TPM)
Most mentioned players
1. Virat Kohli
2. MS Dhoni
3. Suresh Raina
2. Shahid Afridi
3. Sohail Khan
Most Retweeted Tweets
Includes Tweets from @narendramodi, @bcci, @sachin_rt, @yuvstrong, @iamsrk, @srbachchan
PM Narendra Modi congratulates Indian cricket team
(PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated the Indian cricket team after it kick-started the campaign in the cricket World Cup with a stupendous win over arch-rivals Pakistan at Adelaide Oval.
“Congrats Team India. Well played. We are all very proud of you,” PM Modi said in his message.
The Prime Minister had earlier wished all the Indian cricketers individually just before the start of the quadrennial extravaganza.
India thrash Pakistan to launch World Cup campaign in style: Match report
(PTI) Defending champions India launched their Cricket World Cup campaign in style as they produced a clinical performance to spank Pakistan by 76 runs, maintaining their unbeaten record against the arch-rivals in the mega event here today.
In the high-voltage contest between the bitter rivals, India again emerged victorious in a rather one-sided affair, thus maintaining their magnificent record against Pakistan by winning the sixth consecutive World Cup game since the rivalry started way back in 1992.
It was a commendable all-round effort by Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men who first posted a competitive total of 300/7 riding on Virat Kohli’s 22nd ODI hundred and then dismissed the opposition for 224 in 47 overs at the Adelaide Oval to secure two points.
Mohammad Shami (4/35 ), Umesh Yadav (2/50), Mohit Sharma (2/35) and Ravichandran Ashwin (1/41) were the pick of the Indian bowlers as they kept taking wickets to put pressure on the Pakistani batsmen. Captain Misba-ul Haq (76), Ahmed Shehzad (47) and Haris Sohail (36) were the notable contributors.
Mohit Sharma took the last wicket of Sohail Khan to bring about India’s moment of glory, sending the seizable Indian crowd at the stadium into a frenzy while the players hugged each other to celebrate the triumph, their first victory in Australia since landing here in November last year.
Pakistan were well placed at 102 for two at one stage but a middle-order collapse effected by the trio of Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Yadav ended any hopes that Misbah ul Haq and his men harboured of bucking the trend of losing to India in big-ticket ICC events.
Electing to bat, Virat Kohli marked his return to form with a crafty 107 while Shikhar Dhawan (73) and Suresh Raina (74) were the other notable performers to steer India to a competitive total of 300 for seven in hot conditions.
Kohli continued his love affair with the Adelaide Oval as his century knock came off 126 balls with eight boundaries and he shared a 110-run partnership with Raina for the third wicket.
India could have got a bigger score had it not been for some excellent death bowling by the Pakistani pace bowlers.
Their young fast bowler Sohail Khan (5/55) checked the Indian surge by bowling a tight line and length.
India wobbled in the last five overs, losing five wickets for only 27 runs which stopped them short of the projected score of 325.
While Pakistan could never force the pace, they lost the match between the 24th and 25th over losing three wickets for only 1 run.
From 102 for 2 at the start of 24th over, they slumped to 103 for five with Yadav getting two wickets and Jadeja getting one. The phase saw Ahmed Shehzad (47), Sohaib Maqsood (0) and Umar Akmal (0) getting out in quick succession.
But this was only possible because of the pressure created by Ashwin, who kept on probing with a disciplined line and length.
Misbah (76 off 83 balls) again fought gamely but it was for a losing cause.
Umesh, who was used by Dhoni in short spells as he rattled the Pakistani batsmen with sheer pace despite occasional loose deliveries while Shami maintained better discipline as he picked wickets when it mattered most.
Earlier, Virat Kohli got back to form with a skillful century as he anchored India to a competitive 300 for seven after Dhoni elected to bat.
En route his 22nd ODI century, Kohli joined Sourav Ganguly as the second highest century maker for India in ODIs with only Sachin Tendulkar (49) ahead of him. But he did eclipse Tendulkar’s highest individual score (98) by an Indian against Pakistan in any World Cup game.
Along with Dhawan and Raina, the trio pulverized a Pakistan bowling attack which ran out of ideas by the 20th over itself.
What Dhawan and Kohli started with a bang was finished with a flourish due to Raina’s 56-ball knock that had five fours and three sixes.
Raina upped the ante as soon as he came in as he carted the Pakistani bowlers in the arc between square leg and deep mid-wicket. All his sixes were hit in that particular region as the opposition attack ran short of ideas.
Much depended on the 7 feet tall Mohammed Irfan (0/56 in 10 overs) but Indian batsmen’s meticulous homework and Pakistan’s lack of it were evident during the Kohli-Dhawan partnership.
It was patient yet authorative knock from Kohli, where he built his innings brick-by-brick rather than playing scintillating shots. It wasn’t a flurry of boundaries but liberal sprinklings of ones and twos with the boundaries interspersed in-between.
The testimony to his patience was his first 50 came off 60 balls while the second 50 took as many 59 deliveries.
The foundation of the innings was his 129-run second wicket stand with Dhawan, who also found form with an attractive 73 off 76 balls that had seven fours and a six.
If Kohli-Dhawan did the consolidation, the Kohli-Raina stand of 110 off 15.3 overs helped them get to a substantial total. When Kohli was finally caught behind off pacer Sohail Khan, he had done his job and fittingly got a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.
Kohli started off with a pull in-front of square off Sohail Khan and the next boundary was a paddle sweep when Shahid Afridi strayed on the leg-side. There was an inside out lofted shot over extra cover off leggie Yasir Shah.
He used his feet to perfection against Yasir and left-arm spinner Harris Sohail. He was dropped on 76 by wicketkeeper Umar Akmal off Harris.
The giant-sized Irfan was guilty of bowling either over-pitched deliveries or short balls which Dhawan dealt with a lot of ferocity at the onset.
Dhawan, on the otherhand looked assured against both Irfan and Sohail. He started with a square cut off Sohail and then played the perfect hook shot as Irfan dug one short. The back and across movement happened in a flash and it was over fine leg boundary.
The Pakistani bowlers were guilty of not bowling the probing outswingers shade outside the off-stump channel to Dhawan – an area where his technique was found to be suspect.
Even the seasoned Wahab Riaz tried the short-ball tactic but Dhawan was quick to hook him behind square for a boundary.
Dhawan was unlucky when Kohli’s wrong call saw him get run-out but by then he not only come back to form but also provided the necessary platform needed.