Team India kept its unbeaten run over their arch-rivals Pakistan intact with an 89-run (DLS Method) victory at the Old Trafford in Manchester on Sunday. At the same time, the Men In Blue are also undefeated in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Prior to this victory, they had beaten South Africa and reigning World Champions Australia. However, their last match against New Zealand was washed out due to rain. By the virtue of this win, India now lead Pakistan by a 7-0 margin in World Cups. India now have an undisputed record against Pakistan in all their World Cup encounters (1992, 1996,1999, 2003, 2011, 2015 & 2019 respectively).
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.
In reply, Pakistan lost their opener Imam-ul-Haq early on, but Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam then stitched a 104-run stand for the second wicket as the duo registered half-centuries. They then suffered a batting collapse as the 1992 winners were reduced from 117/1 to 129/5. The rain interrupted the match for some time. Nonetheless, when play resumed, it was only a formality as Pakistan were given a revised target of 302 in their 40 overs and they finished at 212/6.
Here's how India's seventh World Cup win was celebrated by the fans.