Fielding restrictions and inventive batsmen have made bowlers develop other skills in addition to targeting toes, but common sense and the fundamentals can still work
While Misbah-ul-Haq could offer no explanation for yet another World Cup loss to India, MS Dhoni said that it was obviously something for India to be proud of, but he refused to read too much into the trend
The ball-by-ball structure of cricket gives its crowd noise a hypnotic rhythm, the stadium rising and falling with each major event, most minor events, and some non-events
In a World Cup contest where nerves are the X-factor between the two teams, India prevailed over Pakistan with a superior batting performance and a couple of cool heads
So Pakistan have lost to India in a World Cup once more. This is not a new experience. History shows that it need not be a terminal one either
Score Pakistan restricted India to in their last-five overs.
Number of times Younis Khan had opened in ODIs before today - he had scored just 4 runs.
Number of wickets taken by Mohammad Shami in ODIs since 2014 - the most by a bowler.
Pakistan's score at the end of the mandatory Powerplay. India had scored 42/1.
Runs scored by Ahmed Shehzad in ODIs since January 2014, the highest for Pakistan during this period. Hafeez is next with 446
Wickets Pakistan lost in the 24th and 25th over. They were 101/2 at start of the 25th
Shahid Afridi's strike rate the last time he batted against India. He won the match for Pakistan with a cameo.
The last time before Ashwin an Indian spinner bowled 3 or more maidens in a World cup match - Venkataraghavan.
Number of ODI fifties Misbah-ul-haq has hit - the most any batsman has got without scoring a hundred.
Number of times 100-plus runs have been scored in the last-ten overs at the Adelaide Oval, since 2001.
Runs added for the 8th wicket by Misbah and Yasir Shah - Pakistan's second-highest 8th wicket stand in the World Cup.