Player of the Match
Player of the Match

So India win their first international after close to three months in this Australian summer. But it is a big one. Against Pakistan. A win against a big team that ensures them against any unlikely slip in the league stages

India were once again cooler and calmer than the old rivals. Dhawan set the tone really with a patient return to form. Hardly looked like a bloke who has been struggling all summer. Kohli pkayed the big innings, Raina provided the impetus, and despite a blip in the end you knew India had enough. Shehzad and Haris Sohail threatened India briefly, but they played too many dots. They didn't bat like modern limited-overs batsmen do. Shami's good work was followed up by Ashwin, who bowled three maidens, and began Pakistan's slide with Sohail's wicket. It was all over when Shehzad fell on 48. Misbah's 76 was, alas and predictably, an effort in vain, and one that took shape after all had been lost. Will Pakistan have to wait four more years before having a go at India in a World Cup or will the two meet again in the knockouts? We will see about that later. Now is goodbye from Sidharth Monga and Sanjay Murari

"It was a very good performance," says MS Dhoni. "I was very happy with our batting. When you are batting first, it is not easy over here. It doesn't come on that nicely. It has a bit of a variable pace initially. Gets comfortable after that. It was important we stayed in the middle. The big partnership between Virat and Shikhar. And then Raina capitalised as well. The break in between was important. the World Cup itself can get you going. Also the fans. Even before we came here, there were a lot of fans in our lobby. That helped."

The fan question for Dhoni is: "How do you control your emotion when you sense a big win?" The answer is: "I don't control my emotions. They are there. Just that I don't like to be over-expressive."

"They played really well," says Misbah-ul-Haq. "They posted a big total, and bowled really well. We lost our way with three wickets in the middle. The pitch was really good, and with the quality of their batting, 300 was a pretty good effort. If all the batsmen had batted well, it could have been achieved. Two-three batsmen never got in, and got out in the first couple of balls. You can't say much about that. Now we have to just look forward. You can't just think of this game. We have to focus on the next one."

"Probably one of the biggest in my career so far," says Virat Kohli, the Man of the Match. "Amazing way to begin our World Cup. Big game against Pakistan, amazing fight from them. expectations are going to be there when you do well for your country./ I just look to stand up to them because I hate to lose and play passionately. I like the expectations. Last couple of days have been too tough. Too many people in the hotel getting worked over. You just have to stay in your little space. My role in the team is to bat through, and the power-hitters can play around knowing that one end is secure. The way Shikhar and Suresh batted today is commendable. The support has been magnificent. We expect the same throughout the tournament. Too loud at times for MS to catch our attention."

MM Sharma to Sohail Khan, OUT, it's all over. India make it 6-0 in World Cups against Pakistan. Slower ball, Sohail mis-hits it, and is caught at long-on

Sohail Khan c Yadav b MM Sharma 7 (21m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 70.00

Mohammed Shami to Misbah-ul-Haq, OUT, and Misbah misses the century again. A good bouncer. Over his left shoulder. Head high. All Misbah manages is a lob to mid-on

Misbah-ul-Haq c Rahane b Mohammed Shami 76 (118m 84b 9x4 1x6) SR: 90.47

Yadav to Sohail Khan, FOUR runs, short, outside off, Sohail has pulled this away, between mid-on and midwicket
Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, he has nearly set himself up for an lbw. Nearly a yorker as he has gone too far across, but the bat comes down in time, and the sweep beats midwicket
Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, moves well across, takes this from well outside off, and sweeps this through the vacant square leg
Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, slogs this full ball over midwicket for four
MM Sharma to Yasir Shah, OUT, Shah goes. Drills this length ball straight down the throat of mid-on. Two strikes away from the inevitable

Yasir Shah c Yadav b MM Sharma 13 (32m 23b 1x4 0x6) SR: 56.52

Ashwin to Yasir Shah, FOUR runs, Ashwin tosses this wide, and Shah slog-sweeps it over midwicket for four
Jadeja to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, plays the reverse sweep this time, and places it between slip and point for four
Mohammed Shami to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, moves across to get inside the line of this low full toss, and just crunches it past midwicket for four
Mohammed Shami to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, lovely shot. Full on off, and he stands back to drill it over mid-off for four
Ashwin to Misbah-ul-Haq, FOUR runs, Ashwin trying out his variations now that the match is almost over. Another legbreak, but this is a long hop and is cut away for four
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Awesome death-bowling!


Score Pakistan restricted India to in their last-five overs.

Inexperienced Younis!


Number of times Younis Khan had opened in ODIs before today - he had scored just 4 runs.

At the top


Number of wickets taken by Mohammad Shami in ODIs since 2014 - the most by a bowler.

Tight race


Pakistan's score at the end of the mandatory Powerplay. India had scored 42/1.

Shehzad's in form


Runs scored by Ahmed Shehzad in ODIs since January 2014, the highest for Pakistan during this period. Hafeez is next with 446

More than a hiccup


Wickets Pakistan lost in the 24th and 25th over. They were 101/2 at start of the 25th

Afridi needed


Shahid Afridi's strike rate the last time he batted against India. He won the match for Pakistan with a cameo.

A rarity


The last time before Ashwin an Indian spinner bowled 3 or more maidens in a World cup match - Venkataraghavan.

Will it come today?


Number of ODI fifties Misbah-ul-haq has hit - the most any batsman has got without scoring a hundred.

Has been done before


Number of times 100-plus runs have been scored in the last-ten overs at the Adelaide Oval, since 2001.

Partnership stat


Runs added for the 8th wicket by Misbah and Yasir Shah - Pakistan's second-highest 8th wicket stand in the World Cup.