Virat Kohli-led Team India eclipsed Pakistan for the seventh time in the World Cup on Sunday. It was a much-awaited clash for the fans from both the countries and the Men in Blue were thoroughly professional in their approach. India posted a massive first innings total on the back of Rohit Sharma’s scintillating knock and vital fifties from Virat Kohli and KL Rahul. In the second innings, Pakistan did give a slight scare but then once again they boiled up in the pressure of a World Cup game against India and suffered a huge batting collapse and with that lost the game as well. With this victory, India have now climbed to the third spot on the points table.
Also, the rain gods relented just in time for the game to go ahead though they interrupted later in the match to eventually reduce the second innings to 40 overs when the result was a foregone conclusion.
Many anticipated it to be a closely fought match as Pakistan had won against India last time when the two teams met in England in the Champions Trophy 2017 final. But it turned to be a damp squib in the end. If Pakistan’s collapse which saw them losing 4/12 killed the contest completely, the final rain interruption which eventually left them to get 136 off the last five overs to make it a drab affair.
Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan batted out those many overs in the end without any real context to reduce the losing margin to 89 runs. Eventually, it proved to be a one-sided contest and once again, like every time, India trumped over their arch-rivals.
Sehwag is done with one-sided affairs
Even the cricketing fraternity including Virender Sehwag was excited about India and Pakistan facing each other and they hoped for a close game. However, the one-sided affair seems to have irked him. While the former India cricketer was all praise of the Men in Blue on Sunday after the victory, Sehwag took a hilarious dig at Pakistan for their big loss.
He posted his own picture with not so great expression and trolled Pakistan in the caption. “When you hope to see a close #IndvsPak World Cup match but what you keep on getting is a one-sided contest!” the caption read.