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Pakistan to Wait More for another ‘Mauka’ as India Log 76-Run Win at Adelaide

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Pakistan to Wait More for another ‘Mauka’ as India Log 76-Run Win at Adelaide

February 16
09:10 2015

india vs. pakNew Delhi, Monday, February 16 – Nothing could have been best for any Indian fan other than to jump in joy when the Men in Blue inflicted 76-run defeat on their biggest competitor Pakistan. The start was good for India as the skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first, keeping in mind the good condition on the pitch at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide. Cricketers, expert and supporters knew that anything more than 300 runs would probably not sufficient to put stress on Pakistan.

The pressure in a match between arch-rivals is at peak all the time and goes to another stage in the World Cup contest. The one that survives in pressure emerges as a victor while another succumbs. Excellent players and fineness do matter in each match but surviving under stress is the prime challenge for young and enthusiastic players during an India and Pakistan match. A few individuals shone on Sunday despite not being in form. The moment India kicked off batting, the commencement wouldn’t be called memorable as Rohit Sharma was dismissed at a time when he looked confident. Body language and a couple of boundaries clearly showed that Rohit will not let things go but it was Sohail Khan who made his 15-run of 20 balls knock to end. In spite of losing a wicket a tad early, Shikhar Dhawan and the new batsman on the crease Virat Kohli tried to keep the calm and bat with full concentration.

The opener proved his captain’s confidence right and scored 73 runs of 76 balls, which included 7 fours and a six. Dhawan could have accumulated some more runs had there been no attempt for run out from Pakistan. Kohli called him for a single but later found situation not right for it. Pak captain Misbah-ul-Haq threw the ball towards the stumps at an accurate time, making the 29-year-old Delhi boy to go back and wonder how this situation could have been avoided.

The rate of scoring runs increased as soon as Suresh Raina arrived at the 22 yards pitch. Audience possibly does not remember any impressive knock from him in the recent past. Nevertheless, he held the fort yesterday and showed everyone how experience always counts. He showed some finest deliveries a way to the boundary. An amazing knock of 74 runs in just 56 balls, together with 5 fours and 3 sixes, from him helped India put their best foot forward. A partnership of 110 runs for third wicket between Kohli and Raina made their squad set a tough target. Sohail Khan was the man who brought their stunning play to an end.

Dhoni was dismissed by him at 18 runs, along with 1 boundary and 1 biggie. The pressure of gaining runs in pace made Ravindra Jadeja and Ajinkya Rahane lose their precious wickets at 3 and 0 runs, respectively. Ravichandran Ashwin scored 1 runs of 1 ball. It was Mohammed Shami (3 runs) who let India put a total of 300 runs on the final ball. Since Adelaide was good for batting and Pakistan had big batting lineup, target appeared to be a little bit smaller. Run rate of 6 was required. Ahmed Shehzad (47 runs of 73 balls, 4 x 5) and Younis Khan came to open Pak’s innings. Shami enabled India to heave a sigh of relief, making experienced Khan to leave for the dressing room at 6. Haris Sohail lent a hand to his team to gain foothold to a certain extent with 36 runs. Shehzad was out by Umesh Yadav whereas Sohail by Ashwin. India really strove for wickets at this point but a brilliant catch by Raina changed the entire game

Misbah-ul-Haq definitely played a king size innings, offering players to learn a lot from him but middle-order fumbled, turning things absolutely difficult for themselves. Sohaib Maqsood and wicketkeeper-batsman Umar Akmal were out for a duck. Dhoni’s decision to take DRS (Decision Review System) was fruitful and this demonstrated that India were in mood to make every possibility of winning the match count. Expectations soared from Shahid Afridi who pocketed 22 runs of 22 balls (4 x 1 and 6 x 1) prior going back to the pavilion. Wahab Riaz was caught behind on a delivery by Shami. The blue t-shirts were seen prominent when Yasir Shah’s catch was taken by Umesh Yadav in Mohit Sharma’s over. India thrashed Pakistan by 76 runs.

The 7’1” tall Mohammad Irfan was considered one of the major terrors for India, however, he played pivotal role in their victory. In 10 overs, the 32-year-old left arm fast bowler gave 58 runs. If truth be told there came a stage where India seemed strong to set a target of 330 + runs but several dots were played as Kohli wanted not to take risk before hitting the century. He, of course, stole the show by being the first Indian to hit a ton against Pakistan in cricket carnival, but his efforts could have gone in vain if target was chased since Misbah-ul-Haq was playing confidently all the time. The roles assigned to Indian cricketers by Dhoni were accurately imparted. India played like a true defending champions. With many more matches to go, viewers are curious to see how Dhoni’s men do further. As of now, they are elated to see India winning the match against Pakistan.