Published On: Sun, Feb 15th, 2015

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015: The streak Continues…

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India vs Pakistan in world cups: Men in blue make it 6-0 in Adelaide

Virat Kohli scored an imperious century as India opened their World Cup defence in convincing fashion with a 76-run victory over Pakistan in a frenzied atmosphere at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday. The much-anticipated Pool B India vs Pakistan match, the latest chapter in one of the great rivalries in sport, attracted a passionate crowd of 41,587 to the revamped ground with up to a billion more tuning in on the sub-continent and around the world.

Indian Bowlers finally come good

Indian pacers, who have faced some flak recently for their poor performances, brilliantly rose to the occasion even as Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hit 76 to keep his team in the hunt, but in the end he ran out of partners and his was the ninth wicket to fall. Mohammed Shami took four wickets, while Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma scalped two each as India bowled out Pakistan for 224 runs in 47 overs.

Virat Kohli: The milestone man

En route his 22nd ODI century, Kohli joined Sourav Ganguly as the second-highest century maker for India in ODIs with only Sachin Tendulkar (49) ahead of him. But he did eclipse Tendulkar’s highest individual score (98) by an Indian against Pakistan in any World Cup game. Moreover Kohli became the first Indian batsmen to score hit a century in consecutive World cup debut matches.

The foundation of the innings was Kohli’s 129-run second wicket stand with Dhawan, who also found form with an attractive 73 off 76 balls that had seven fours and a six. If Kohli-Dhawan did the consolidation, the Kohli-Raina stand of 110 off 15.3 overs helped them get to a substantial total. When Kohli was finally caught behind off pacer Sohail Khan, he had done his job and fittingly got a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.

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