What transpired during Team India's previous ODI World Cup match against Pakistan?
The question on fans' minds going into this much awaited match between India and Pakistan is whether Babar Azam's team can change the rather lopsided head-to-head ratio. In the seven ODI World Cups that have taken place, both teams have faced off, with India having a perfect 100 percent win record.
At the Old Trafford in Manchester, England, Pakistan faced Team India, led by Virat Kohli, in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Sarfaraz Ahmed was Pakistan's captain. This is what transpired:
With a century partnership, India's opening pair, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, gave the game a strong start. Among them, Rohit Sharma was particularly excellent. Later on, he amassed a remarkable 140 runs off just 113 balls. Rahul scored fifty-seven runs. Virat Kohli, the captain of India, contributed significantly during the middle overs by scoring 77 runs off of 65 balls.
India finished their innings with a total of 336/5, which presented a difficult task for Pakistan's batting order. After making a brief appearance, Vijay Shankar made a cameo, and Hardik Pandya finished with a fast 26 off just 19 balls.
Pakistan's batting faltered against a disciplined Indian bowling attack with a target of 337 runs to win. With 62 runs, Fakhar Zaman was Pakistan's leading scorer. Imad Wasim and Babar Azam both contributed, scoring 46 and 48 runs, respectively. Nevertheless, Pakistan's batting struggled to maintain the needed run rate, and wickets fell frequently.
Even though left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz made a valiant effort with the bat in the final stages, finishing with a speedy 45 off 39 balls, Pakistan was never going to be able to reach the target. With the ball, Mohammad Amir maintained his excellent form, claiming three wickets for Pakistan.
Pakistan finished their innings with a total of 212/6 in their 40 overs, despite a few late boundaries.
Due to rain during the game, India prevailed by 89 runs (DLS method). In World Cup matches, they maintained their undefeated record against Pakistan.