World Cup history repeats itself in Adelaide Oval as Pakistan loses to India

Published: February 15, 2015
Misbah-ul-Haq (R) plays a shot as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) looks on during their 2015 Cricket World Cup match in Adelaide on February 15, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Misbah-ul-Haq (R) plays a shot as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) looks on during their 2015 Cricket World Cup match in Adelaide on February 15, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

Misbah-ul-Haq (R) plays a shot as Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) looks on during their 2015 Cricket World Cup match in Adelaide on February 15, 2015. PHOTO: AFP  Pakistan batsman Ahmad Shahzad (L) hits for four runs off India's bowler Mohit Sharma during their Cricket World Cup match in Adelaide, February 15, 2015.    PHOTO: REUTERS Pakistan supporters dance and shout slogans prior to the Pool B 2015 Cricket World Cup match between Indian and Pakistan at the Adelaide Oval. PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP PHOTO: AFP

ADELAIDE: India’s bowlers backed-up a landmark century by Virat Kohli as the defending champions continued their World Cup domination of Pakistan with a 76-run win at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

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Kohli hit 107, the first century by an Indian in World Cup matches against their arch-rivals, to lift his team to an imposing 300 for seven after they elected to bat on an even-paced pitch in their World Cup opener.

Sohail Khan’s first two wickets

Mohammad Shami picked up four wickets and Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma two each as Pakistan were shot out for 224 with three overs to spare as they suffered their sixth consecutive World Cup defeat by India dating back to 1992.

Skipper Misbah-ul Haq played a lone hand with a valiant 76 off 84 balls that ensured Pakistan did not surpass their heaviest World Cup defeat, a 112-run reverse against England in Cape Town in 2003.

Sohail Khan dismisses Suresh Reina

Kohli showed why he is one of the most feared batsmen in modern cricket as he survived two dropped catches to notch up his 22nd one-day international century in his 151st match at this level.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan made 73 and fellow left-hander Suresh Raina smashed 74 off 56 balls in front of a sell-out crowd of over 47,000 in a Pool B game that was beamed to an estimated 2.5 billion viewers across the world.

 Sohail Khan’s last two wickets

Kohli surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s 98 at Centurion in 2003 to become the only Indian to score a century against Pakistan in the World Cup.

The Indian vice-captain put on 129 for the second wicket with Dhawan and 110 for the third with Raina to leave Pakistan chasing a target of six runs an over under lights and overcast conditions.

Pakistan, whose most successful World Cup chase was 262 against New Zealand in 1992, sent Younis Khan to open the batting but the gamble backfired as the veteran was dismissed for six.

Ahmed Shehzad (47) and Haris Sohail (36) put on 68 for the second wicket, but the fall of four quick wickets reduced Pakistan to 103 for five in the 25th over.

After off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had Haris caught in the slips, seamer Umesh Yadav removed Shehzad and Sohaib Maqsood in three balls through catches at point and slips.

Umar Akmal failed to score as India earned a favourable review by the third umpire for a thin edge caught by captain and wicket-keeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni behind off Ravindra Jadeja.

Pakistan’s most experienced pair of Misbah and Shahid Afridi revived their team’s hopes by adding 46 for the sixth wicket, but the recovery came too late.

Seamer Mohammad Shami dismissed Afridi (22), caught off a full toss by Kohli, running back in the covers, and four balls later had Wahab Riaz edging to Dhoni.

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Kohli was let-off on the long-on fence by Yasir Shah on three and again by wicket-keeper Akmal after he had made 76.

He was finally caught by Akmal in the 46th over.

Raina holed out in the deep two overs later before three wickets fell with the score on 296. However, India still managed to add 83 runs in the last 10 overs.

Earlier, Dhawan and Rohit Sharma made a slow, but steady start against the spot-on Pakistani seamers with an opening stand of 34 by the eighth over.

Sharma, the only batsman with two 200s in one-day internationals,had  made 15 when he top-edged an intented pull off hard-working seamer Sohail Khan and was caught at mid-off.

Sohail, a 30-year-old who played the last of his five one-dayers in 2011, conceded just 15 runs in his first five overs. He finished with creditable figures of five for 55 from 10 overs.

Dhoni hails “complete game”, Misbah seeks to forget

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped Sunday’s World Cup win over Pakistan will serve as a “benchmark” for his team, but refused to gloat over the unbeaten tournament record against their arch-rivals.

“This was a complete game and should serve as a benchmark for the rest of the tournament,” Dhoni said after the defending champions’ emphatic 76-run win in their opening Pool B encounter at the Adelaide Oval.

“We will play tougher sides in the tournament where we need to replicate this performance.”

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul Haq, leading his nation to their sixth successive World Cup loss against India, wanted the players to forget the embarrassing record and look ahead to their remaining games.
“I dont know what happened,” Misbah said. “But it is important to forget this loss and look to the future. The game is gone now, so we have to just concentrate on the next one.

“Every game we lose is hard, especially in the World Cups. But one must praise India too because it was a thoroughly professional performance by them. They batted well and they really bowled well. Full credit to them.”
Dhoni, however, declined to read too much into the 6-0 tournament record against Pakistan and reminded reporters of their rivals’ superior overall one-day record (72-51).

“This World Cup record is good and we are proud of it,” he said. “But a time will come when we will lose to them. This record won’t stay for the rest of our lives.

“We should not forget that Pakistan has a better overall record than us. They are a fantastic side and it is never easy to beat them.

“It certainly is not a normal game when India and Pakistan play. It is emotionally draining for everyone. But we can’t afford to rest on one win. There is a lot of room for improvement.”

India next play South Africa at the Melbourne Cricket Ground next Sunday, while Pakistan take on the West Indies in Christchurch on Saturday.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Human
    Feb 15, 2015 - 5:49PM

    someone please tell Younus and Akmal to go home…Recommend

  • Rajesh
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:03PM

    Ha..ha.. who was that pak player who said KOHL I WOHLI HOGA APNE GHAR MEIN? Recommend

  • Bairooni Haath
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:05PM

    Next ad campaign. “Patakhe? OLX pe bech de!Recommend

  • Sohail
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:16PM

    Looks like a fixed match to me all the way. Indian trolls may not like it, but let’s be honest.Recommend

  • Indian
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:23PM

    It doesn’t Gets any better..Recommend

  • wb
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:25PM

    It’s just a match. Take it easy on the excitement or disappointment.Recommend

  • jaipal dahiya
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:28PM

    Now Pakistanis will say…. it was fixed. Actually absence of their star spinner has made lot of difference. don’t be depressed it is all tamasha..

    . Recommend

  • AVMPolpot
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:38PM

    The better team won …convincingly
    Had hoped that the Paki team would have given Indians a better fight.Recommend

  • Alann
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:40PM


    Wait for next World Cup to light your firecrackersRecommend

  • ModiFied
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:42PM

    Think of the viewership of Indo-Pak cricket match. Its mind boggling over a billion and generates massive money. If India looses very first match with Pakistan, the entire viewership will disappear. I have strong doubts that the match was fixed so that India remains in game till end. Who knows India and Pakistan meet again in final as that will generate billions of dollars in revenue. Wish I am wrong, however, let us see how it goes ..Recommend

  • Imtiaz hamid
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:46PM

    Of available bowling talent it is as good as we can field. Sorely missed death bowlers and off spinners. Some of the blame lies squarely on selectors. One is becoming a grand old man,other just hanging around. Good luck next tim guys donot get too dejected. There is a better tomorrow.this is the beginning not the end of tournamentRecommend

  • Babloo
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:47PM

    maaza a gaya.Recommend

  • Vectra
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:47PM

    @jaipal dahiya:
    pakistanis will not say but one has already said,read above comment.Recommend

  • Ganesh
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:50PM

    Hahahahahah anyways, money or ability[Fixing or no fixing]…India is supreme & all play to make India winner….!!Recommend

  • Vectra
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:54PM

    BleedBlue snap onRecommend

  • iee
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:57PM

    Now some will comment and say that the match has been fixedRecommend

  • John Doe
    Feb 15, 2015 - 6:59PM

    Imran Khan” World cup mein dandhli hui hein, Our party will protest in Australia and in front of Nawaz sharif and Najam Sethi’s house in Pakistan and world over wherever these two have houses. Najam Sethi ney humare 11 players ko puncture kiya”

    Humeed Gul, Hafiz Sayed aand Zahid Hamid ” Yein humare mulk ke khilaf Saadiz hein. India ka RAAW mulahfiz hein Pakistan ki iss haar mein. Haamre ladke thoe har nahi sakthey
    This is a huge conspiracy against Pakistan by India, Israel , USA ”

    This will be the discussion in Pakistani talk shows.Recommend

  • In the name of love (what more)
    Feb 15, 2015 - 7:00PM

    Pakistan was without Ajmal, hafeez, umar gul..and it showed. Obviously Pakistan can’t win the world cup. pakistanis wilt under pressure and if they couldn’t manage the club level indian bowlers, they surely can’t go on to beat the the likes of Australia, NZ or South Africa. Pakistan’s next is against WI. If Pakistan looses that, its qualification for the quarters will be in serious jeopardy. Recommend

  • Bewildered
    Feb 15, 2015 - 7:00PM

    It looks like as if Modi’s call a day earlier to Nawaz Sharif have paid off. Even 135 fishermen are also released today without any reciprocity from India.Recommend

  • Chulbul Pandey
    Feb 15, 2015 - 7:01PM

    @Sohail: Looks like a fixed match to me all the way. Indian trolls may not like it, but let’s be honest.
    If it was indeed fixed, probably BCCI was behind it and Pakistani players, all 11 of them, are a sell out.
    A Pakistani trashing his own team… why won’t Indians like it :DRecommend

  • Shree
    Feb 15, 2015 - 7:06PM

    Congrats to Pakistan, losing this match was part of their strategy as well as their foreign policy.


  • Lalit
    Feb 15, 2015 - 7:24PM

    Those saying its fixed match are blaming their entire squad for treachery…their suggestions make us believe that successive generations of Pak cricket are habitual fixers.Recommend

  • Jim
    Feb 15, 2015 - 7:28PM

    What a depressing country. Not because of the world cup loss, for winning and losing is part of the game, but on account of all the heightened rhetoric and expectations from what is after all a sporting context, and then the conspiracies, excuses, denials when it loses. Truly it must be a depressing experience to be a Pakistani sportsman, perhaps even to be a good Pakistani. Recommend

  • Blue jersey
    Feb 15, 2015 - 7:36PM

    The presence of Saeed Ajmal and Mohd Hafeez would have made an impact. Recommend

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