Player of the Match
Player of the Match
321dThe 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

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

V Kohli
V Kohli
107(126) 8x4 - 0x6
Control %87%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 20 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
7 4 16 10 15 20 10 25
Misbah-ul-Haq
Misbah-ul-Haq
76(84) 9x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 16 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
6 3 15 10 9 9 4 20

Best performances - Bowlers

Sohail Khan
Sohail Khan
O10
M0
R55
W5
Eco5.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami
O9
M1
R35
W4
Eco3.88
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Sanjay Murari | Commentator: Sidharth Monga

END OF OVER:
47 | 4 Runs 1 Wkt | PAK: 224/10 (77 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 4.76, RRR: 25.66)

  • Mohammad Irfan1 (5b)
  • Mohit Sharma9-0-35-2
  • Mohammed Shami9-1-35-4

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."

46.6
W
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

46.5
1
MM Sharma to Mohammad Irfan, 1 run, on a length, middle and leg, pushed to long-on
46.4
0
MM Sharma to Mohammad Irfan, no run, short, outside off, Irfan doesn't want to have anything to do with it
46.3
0
MM Sharma to Mohammad Irfan, no run, full outside off, pushed to cover
46.2
1
MM Sharma to Sohail Khan, 1 run,
46.1
2
MM Sharma to Sohail Khan, 2 runs, slower ball, into the pads, clipped away wide of short of fine leg for two
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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.

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.

Will it come today?

39

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

A rarity

1979

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

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.

More than a hiccup

3

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

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

Tight race

46/1

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

At the top

41

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

Inexperienced Younis!

2

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

Awesome death-bowling!

27/5

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