With this impressive win, India climbed to the top of the Super Four standings, thanks to their superior Net Run Rate (NRR). Sri Lanka and Pakistan also garnered two points each in the Super Four stage, while Bangladesh remains without a point.
Here is how India decimated Pakistan:
A Strong Start for India: India, having been put in to bat first, witnessed an excellent opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. The duo’s partnership reached a hundred runs, laying a solid foundation for India’s formidable total. Rohit (56 off 49) and Gill (58 off 52) defied Pakistan’s renowned pacers, accumulating 121 runs for the opening wicket in just 16.4 overs.
Double Blows and Rain Interruption: Pakistan managed to strike back with two quick wickets within two overs after India’s explosive start. Shadab Khan provided a pivotal breakthrough by dismissing Indian captain Rohit Sharma in the 17th over. In the following over, Shaheen Shah Afridi removed the other opener, Shubman Gill. This double blow reduced India to 123/2 in 17.5 overs. Virat Kohli and KL Rahul then approached their innings cautiously to avoid further setbacks.
The duo steadily guided India to a score of 147/2 in 24.1 overs when the rain began to pour, leading to the match’s suspension. Consequently, the game continued on the reserve day.
A Batting Masterclass: Following a delayed start on the reserve day, Indian batting maestro Virat Kohli and comeback player KL Rahul exhibited a brilliant display of ODI batting, frustrating the Pakistani bowlers. They patiently constructed a fifty-run partnership, eventually both reaching their fifties while occasionally dispatching boundaries. Kohli achieved his 6th ODI hundred, taking 100 balls to reach the milestone, while Rahul secured his century next, off 106 balls. This partnership amounted to a record-breaking 233 runs for the third wicket, with Kohli remaining unbeaten on 122 (94 balls) and Rahul scoring 111 not out off 106 balls. Their stellar performance led India to an imposing total of 356 for 2.Early Setbacks for Pakistan: Pakistan’s opening pair, Imam-ul-Haq and Fakhar Zaman, faced difficulties getting started against India’s formidable pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj. Imam was dismissed in the fifth over, caught at second slip by Bumrah. Fakhar and Babar Azam struggled to build momentum against the Indian pace attack. In the 11th over, the first bowling change by India saw Hardik Pandya clean bowl Babar with an inswinger, reducing Pakistan to 44 for 2. Rain once again halted play, leading to a significant delay.Scoreboard Pressure and Kuldeep’s Brilliance: Upon resumption, Shardul Thakur struck in his first over to dismiss Mohammad Rizwan in the 12th over. Subsequently, Kuldeep Yadav emerged as the star performer of the match. The combination of scoreboard pressure and early wickets hindered Pakistan’s batsmen, allowing India’s spinners, Kuldeep and Ravindra Jadeja, to tighten their grip. Kuldeep consistently took wickets at regular intervals, concluding with impressive figures of 5 for 25 in 8 overs, securing his second five-wicket haul in ODIs. Pakistan’s chase faltered, and they finished at 128 for 8, with pacers Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah not batting due to injuries.