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
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."
on a length, middle and leg, pushed to long-on
short, outside off, Irfan doesn't want to have anything to do with it
full outside off, pushed to cover
slower ball, into the pads, clipped away wide of short of fine leg for two
short ball, Irfan avoids it, and India have bowled another wicket-maiden
another bouncer. The thing with bowling them to Irfan is, you will never be called. Irfan sways out of its line
and Misbah misses the century again. A good bouncer. Over his left shoulder. Head high. All Misbah manages is a lob to mid-on
makes room to try to go over cover. He has made too much room and can't connect well
another bouncer, it gets big on Misbah, but the mis-hit doesn't carry to deep midwicket. He turns down the single
moves inside the line early, Shami bounces him, Misbah doesn't play the hook
Misbah is 24 from being what could be a maiden century. He wouldn't want to score it in a lost cause, though. Shami to bowl round the wicket
another bouncer. Sohail ducks under it again
bouncer, straight, Sohail ducks it
wide this time at least. A big one too. Dhoni is not happy with the drop in intensity
short, outside off, Sohail has pulled this away, between mid-on and midwicket
wide down the leg side as Yadav tries to bounce him. Actually not called a wide. Even the umpires seem in a hurry to end this no-contest
short of a length, quite straight, defended to leg
bouncer from Yadav, Sohail ducks under it
yorker, middle and off, dug out to cover
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Match number||ODI no. 3602|
|Hours of play (local time)||14.00 start, First Session 14.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-18.15, Second Session 18.15-21.45|
|Match days||15 February 2015 - daynight (50-over match)|
|Points||India 2, Pakistan 0|