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Match Day

921dThe Report by Daniel Brettig in Adelaide

Kohli ton lifts India to opening win

A Virat Kohli hundred and supporting hands from Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina lifted India to 300 for 7, and the task of claiming victory proved beyond Pakistan for the sixth time in World Cup fixtures

847dDaniel Brettig

Where are the yorkers?

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

846dAndy Zaltzman in Adelaide

The veritable spotter's guide to the Cheer

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

846dDaniel Brettig in Adelaide

Defeat far from terminal for Pakistan

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

846dAbhishek Purohit in Adelaide

Kohli proves his weight in gold again

If you had to pick one batsman who could remain unfazed by the fans' expectations and bat as close to his normal self as possible in a World Cup match against Pakistan, it's hard to look beyond Virat Kohli

846dJarrod Kimber in Adelaide

Blue and green, a cultural identity

For the fans, an India-Pakistan match isn't just a game of cricket, but a communal life experience. It's a memory they will either loathe or cherish for the rest of their lives

846dESPNcricinfo staff

Virat Kohli's ton helps India beat Pakistan

A classy hundred from Virat Kohli helped India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by 76 runs in their opening World Cup encounter which was played at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

846dAbhishek Purohit

Dhoni not carried away by 6-0

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

846dAbhishek Purohit in Adelaide

A familiar turf, a vital quest

India's search for a win in Australia began in Adelaide last year. As they return to the city after a long, difficult tour, for a World Cup opener against Pakistan, can they find the focus to fire?

846dInterview by Daniel Brettig

'We want to play with our natural flair'

Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq talks about his hopes from his inexperienced side, his aim to win the World Cup in Australia, and his future as a player

846dAbhishek Purohit in Adelaide

Need to mitigate pressure of the big game - Dhoni

The logical thing to do would be to pay respect to the heightened importance of the occasion, but attempt to not get so overawed by the expectations. Which is what MS Dhoni and India have been trying to do

846dDaniel Brettig in Adelaide

We don't have to be afraid - Misbah

Misbah-ul-Haq has counselled his young team they have nothing to fear about the opening World Cup game against India

Awesome death-bowling!

27/5

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

Inexperienced Younis!

2

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

At the top

41

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

Tight race

46/1

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

Shehzad's in form

699

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

3

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

Afridi needed

188.8

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

A rarity

1979

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

Will it come today?

39

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

Has been done before

2

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

Partnership stat

49

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