India ease past Pakistan in World Cup opener

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India began the defence of their World Cup trophy by comfortably beating rivals and neighbours Pakistan by 76 runs in Adelaide.

Having won the toss and electing to bat, MS Dhoni along with around a billion people around the world saw Virat Kohli make light work of the Pakistan bowling attack.

The Indians made a slow cautious start as they struggled for runs during the first 10 overs as they struggled to take advantage of the powerplay.

Opener Rohit Sharma was the first wicket to fall as he top edged a delivery from Sohail Khan which was caught in the field by captain Misbah ul Haq.

Kohli arrived and India started putting more runs on the board as he and Shikhar Dhawan put on a second wicket partnership of 122.

The partnership was broken after a miscommunication over a single saw Dhawan run out for 73 on the 30th over.

The pivotal moment

Just two overs later Kohli was dropped on 76. Having received another lifeline Kohli took advantage as with seven over remaining he reached is 22 ODI century. A feat only bettered by Sachin Tendulkar. 

As India looked to post a sub 300 total Sohail hit back in the final over as he took two wickets in two balls as MS Dhoni and Ajinkya Rahane were dismissed.

India did reach 300 from the last delivery of the over as they set Pakistan a total of 301 to win.

The Pakistani run chase never got going as they lost wickets in regular intervals. Shahzad, Sohaib Maqsood and Umar Akmal were all dismissed in quick succession as India took control of the game.


There was a hint of controversy in Akmal’s dismissal. Originally given not out, India appealed and the third umpire reversed the decision based on a slight noise picked up by snicko.

Misbah tried to steady the ship but as he ran out of partners India closed in on victory.

With just four overs remaining India ended Pakistan’s misery as Mohit Sharma picked up the last wicket of Sohail as Misbah finished unbeaten on 84.

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