The World Cup 2015 in Australia and New Zealand kicked off with one of the most anticipated match ups in Cricket – India vs Pakistan. However, Pakistan fans were disappointed yet again, for the 6th consecutive time, as their team lost to India.
Winning the toss, MS Dhoni chose to bat first and his side opened with Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. While Rohit went back early, it was the partnership between Virat Kohli (107) and Dhawan (73) which stabilized India before Suresh Raina contributed with his 74 towards the 300-run total India posted on the board.
From Pakistan’s bowling attack, Sohail Khan and Wahab Riaz picked wickets (5 and 1 respectively), while the rest were lackluster in their performance, allowing the Indians to post an intimidating total.
Chasing 300, Pakistan sent Ahmed Shehzad and Younis Khan to the crease, but the latter fell disappointingly early, leaving the Pakistani lineup vulnerable. After that, only the skipper, Misbah-ul-Haq stayed on the crease and played responsibly, while wickets fell all around him.
Finally, the Green Shirts crumbled at a total of 224 in 47 overs, losing the match by a 76-run margin.
Speaking about the game, the Pakistani skipper shared optimism despite the defeat, stating, “The way we played in the last two games I think we can really go on and win the coming games. The confidence is not that much down. A lot of positives even today in the death overs the way we bowled”.
The Green Shirts have received a lot of criticism back home over the defeat, as a clash with India raises hopes and expectations. Nevertheless, it remains to be seen how the team will perform in the coming matches.