India kept their unbeaten run in World Cups against arch-rivals Pakistan intact after registering a convincing 89-run (DLS) method win at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. By the virtue of this win, the Men In Blue have now won all the seven meetings between the two sides in the quadrennial event.
While the spectacular opening stand between Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Rohit's spectacular century and Vijay Shankar picking up a wicket off his very first delivery were a few of the talking points, there was one thing which not only shifted the momentum in India's favour but undoubtedly was also a big contender for the 'Ball of the Century'. It is now high time for the cricket fans to move beyond that dream delivery from Shane Warne which castled England's Mike Gatting back in 1993.
Yes, that's absolutely correct and the one who bowled this dream delivery was none other than India's chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. Kuldeep had bowled a beautiful delivery that got rid off a well-set Babar Azam who was threatening to take the match away from India's hand along with Fakhar Zaman. Babar's wicket apparently was also the turning point as Pakistan were reduced from 117/1 to 129/5 in no time.
Coming back to the 'Ball of the Century' delivery, Kuldeep had tossed the ball up outside the off stump and Babar came forward to defend the ball . However, the ball came back in sharply took the inside edge and hit the timber. As per media reports, this delivery turned 5.8 degrees as the Number 3 batsman was completely left bamboozled.
The video of Kuldeep's beautiful ball that got rid of Babar Azam was posted by ICC on their official Twitter handle. Watch the video here.
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Earlier, after being put into bat by Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed, Rohit and KL Rahul laid a solid platform for India with a 136-run opening stand. After Rahul was dismissed for a well-made 57, the Indian vice-captain then added 98 runs for the second-wicket stand with Virat Kohli. The Hitman scored a splendid 113-ball 140 at a strike rate of 123.89 which included 14 boundaries and three maximums. He won his second Man of the Match award for yet another spectacular century.
After Sharma was dismissed, Kohli anchored the Indian innings. He scored a splendid half-century and also became the fastest batsman to score 11,000 runs. He scored a 65-ball 77. Some good batting in the end by Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav helped India get to 336/5 in their 50 overs.