IND vs PAK: Kohli-KL Stunned Pakistan As India Put Mammoth 356 Runs On Board: What a spectacular batting show displayed by India as India set a mammoth total of 356 runs on board in 50 overs. Rahul’s 6 ODI century and Virat’s 47th ODI Century put India in the driving seat against Pakistan.
India seized a gift of 18 runs off the final over with both hands. The Indians have completely dismantled what was considered to be the most fearsome bowling attack in the competition. The shot selection, the temperament, and the intent, all was the best as was required.
The play started a bit late due to the wet outfield. The battle of bat and ball started right at 4:40 PM(IST) and India continued from 147/2 at 24.1 overs. KL looked fluent and right on the money from the first ball of the day while Virat struggled to middle the ball. A couple of overs later, Virat and KL were just in the best of their spaces.
KL was playing his first game after recovering from injury, so scoring a century under these circumstances was amazing. Virat was spectacular throughout his innings and he has also accomplished 13000 runs in ODI and he is now the fastest to reach 8000, 9000, 10000, 11000, 12000, 13000.
When it came to attacking the part-timers, Rahul and Kohli were first calculated but brilliantly timed their attacks. KL had an amazing comeback to ODI cricket, scoring another century while playing at his elegant best with some nice flicks and drives. In spite of lacking Rahul’s boundary total, Virat Kohli at the other end gave us a lesson in racing between the wickets, stayed occupied, and eventually scored at a strike rate of around 130.
India set a 357-run target for Pakistan and let us tell you, this is not going to be easy! Bumrah-Siraj bowling and Pakistan batting under lights and surface is providing a moment, What could be more concerning and more enlightening for India?
With this inning of 122* off 94 balls, Kohli is now in the top 5 highest run scorers in ODI history. He took just 261 innings to reach the 13,000 runs mark. In contrast to what he has achieved, Sachin took 321 innings to reach 13k on ODI and is now the second fastest player.
This 233-run stand is now the highest partnership in the Ind vs PAK ODI match and also the highest in the ODI Asia Cup.
Pakistan dealt a huge blow that Haris Rauf was not available to bowl and might be unavailable for the rest of the tournament. It became more concerning when Naseem Shah left the field mid-over. No updates on his fitness as of now.
IND vs PAK Scorecard
INDIA- 356/2 (50 overs)
|Rohit Sharma (c)||c Faheem Ashraf b Shadab Khan||56||49||6||4||114.28|
|Shubman Gill||c Agha Salman b Shaheen Shah Afridi||58||52||10||0||111.53|
|Virat Kohli||not out||122||94||9||3||129.78|
|KL Rahul||not out||111||106||12||2||104.71|
|Shaheen Shah Afridi||10||79||1||7.90||11||1||1||0|