Another win for India over their arch-rivals on the biggest stage of ODI cricket. Till then it's goodbye!
They were too powerful, too ruthless and too composed for Pakistan, beating them by 89 runs via the DLS method in another one-sided rain-hit contest at a tournament crying out for a close game and a sunny day.
Whereas Pakistan looked like a side burdened by carrying the hopes of a nation, India welcomed it. They had too much depth for Pakistan and too many players accustomed to the high octane, big occasion thanks to Indian Premier League exposure. It cannot be easy when the prime minister is the most legendary Pakistan captain of all time.
Imran Khan took to Twitter in the morning to give the team a pep talk in front of his 9. He did and decided to bowl, lured into the decision by thinking the recent rain had juiced up the pitch and the ball would move in the overcast conditions at That is Test-match thinking at Old Trafford when bowlers are armed with a red Duke but in this tournament they are using a Kookaburra white which sounds like a butterfly and floats like one, too, for those without genuine pace.
Pakistan picked only three seamers, packing their bowling with spin instead because they did not trust the inexperience of the two year-old quicks in the squad, but it was a lopsided attack made even lighter by Hasan Ali bowling so poorly.
Pakistan were frustrated, too, by officialdom, with both Amir and Wahab Riaz warned twice for running on the pitch. Riaz was forced to bowl around the wicket for the rest of the innings and Pakistan always looked like a side on the edge, juggling the risk of one of their key fast bowlers being banned from the attack with the knowledge their spinners were being played with ease by Indian batsmen brought up on such bowling.
Ahmed grew frustrated with his bowlers who were unable to bowl to the fields he set and when his side had a chance to run out Sharma on 32, Fakhar Zaman threw to the wrong end. Sharma is one of the best pullers and cutters in world cricket, he just waited on the back foot for bowlers to drop short and there was plenty of opportunity for him to do that.
India paid Amir respect, seeing him off while happily taking on the other bowlers. Sharma eased his way to 50 off 34 balls, his quickest half-century in one-day internationals, and once he is past 30 he becomes very difficult to dislodge. He did not try anything flashy, there was no need.
He hit the bad balls, rotated the strike, confident with his rhythm and timing.
Pakistan could not build pressure. Spinners are there to apply the squeeze. But Shadab Khan bowled an awful first over that cost 17, while back up bowlers Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik were belted out of the attack with disdain.
Cricket Nerd Newsletter After the century opening stand, Kohli added magic with some glorious drives while Sharma moved to his hundred, his second of this World Cup, and the third-fastest of his career, off balls.
Kohli reached his own milestone, clocking up 11, ODI runs. Naturally, he is the fastest to reach the landmark, managing it 52 innings quicker than the previous record holder, Sachin Tendulkar.
Sharma departed the first time he tried to be flashy, caught at fine leg attempting a ramp, but at for two with 12 overs to go, India were looking at He tried the helicopter shot but did not quite have the MS Dhoni-like flourish and was caught on the boundary.
Dhoni was out second ball as Amir bowled a masterful final spell, and his skill and accuracy saved his side from a real pummelling. Even Kohli was overwhelmed, walking for a non- existent edge. Pakistan could not cope with Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowling beautifully with the new ball.
Kumar went off with a hamstring injury but Vijay Shankar stepped up and with his first ball removed Imam-ul-Haq with a big inswinger. Zaman and Azam rebuilt but Kohli could attack with his mystery spinners on a pitch starting to turn. Azam was bowled by a magical delivery that spun wickedly through the gate to spark a collapse of four wickets for 12 runs that sealed the result.
Pandya took two in two balls including Malik for a golden duck.
Ahmed eked out 12 singles from 30 balls before he played on, and anyone with a heart would have ended the game there and then but another rain break held up the inevitable for another hour.
He'll be gaining some confidence here, if nothing else is to be gained from these five overs He moves onto Instead of following the end of this match, you should give this a read on today's match-winner: Rohit Sharma: India are a team, and Rohit a player, at home on this scrutinised stage; Pakistan are one who wish they were A tired Rahul is underneath it on the rope, and he should take it easily, but it slips through his fingers.
I suppose a wicket would only delay the inevitable. Shadab swings wildly once, twice, gets a few runs and a four to finish the over off. It's all a bit pointless though, isn't it? Shout out to the fans who have stuck it out at Old Trafford by the way.
There are a good few thousand still making a decent noise to see India finish this one off. Imad attempts a slog sweep but doesn't connect, and then Shadab tries another but miscues.
It lands safe.
There will be more play!!! I really thought we were done for the day Pakistan will need runs off five overs that will be played.
That's Utterly ridiculous. Is there any point in this? India-Pak WC results - India won by