North Gazette News/Adelaide
A brilliant century by Virat Kohli that earned him ‘Man of Match’ award coupled with brilliant bowling performance by Mohammad Shami led to India’s record sixth win against Pak in World Cup encounters that both had played so far by 76 runs.
India had put up a formidable total of 300 runs in 50 overs while playing first at Adelaide Oval Cricket Stadium in Australia but in reply Pakistan batsman managed to 224 runs and the team was bundled out by Indian bowlers in 47 overs.
Apart from Pak captain Misbah-ul-Haq, opener Ahmed Shahzad and Haris Sohail who scored 76, 47 and 36 runs respectively, no other batsman could make an impression in the match.
Speaking at presentation ceremony after the match, Virat Kohli termed the ‘Man of Match’ award as one of the biggest in his career so far and said that the win against Pakistan is an amazing way to begin Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign to defend the crown of being the World Champions.
Indian captain MS Dhoni also praised team effort for the win and complemented the Indian cricket team for ‘a very good performance.’
Earlier, Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina helped India to reach a formidable total 300 against Pak in World Cup match and put a target of 301 runs for Pakistani cricket team to register first win against India in World Cup matches as the team has faced defeat in all five matches played in World Cup against India.
Virat Kohli became first Indian cricketer to score century in World Cup match against Pakistan while Suresh Raina scored a blazing 74 runs in 56 balls with the help of 5 fours and 3 sixes.
While Kohli reached the milestone in 118 balls with the help of 4 fours but he perished after scoring a brisk 107 in 126 balls and with this century, Virat Kohli also become fourth batsman to score 22 centuries in ODIs.
Apart from Kohli and Raina, opener Shikhar Dhawan also scored a brisk half century (76 runs in 77 balls with the help of 7 fours and one six) but he got run out due to misunderstanding between him and Kohli.
On bowling front, Pakistani pacer Sohail Khan who was playing his first in World Cup become the most successful bowler by getting 5 wickets for 55 runs in his scheduled quota of 10 overs.
Indian pace attack comprising Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma also rose up to the occasion and delivered excellent performance in the match. While Shami got four wickets, Yadav and Sharma also claimed two scalps each in the ODI match.