Celebrations broke out all over India as India, i.e., Bharat, beat Pakistan by 7 wickets. Narendra Modi Stadium was packed to capacity. It was the biggest cricket festival at Ahmedabad (pronounced as Amdavadi locally). India won the toss and opted to bat. Pakistan collapsed from 155/2 to 191 all out.
In reply to Pakistan’s 191, India made a brilliant start with hitman, i.e., Captain Rohit, who made 86 in 63 balls. Although Shubman Gill was out for 16, his skillful catch added to Pakistan’s fall. Jasprit Bumrah & Kuldeep Yadav triggered a stunning Pakistan collapse and shared 4 wickets in India’s dominant victory over their arch-rivals.
The seven-wicket win in front of more than 100,000 fans was India’s eighth consecutive victory over Pakistan in World Cups, a streak that began in 1992. Bumrah took 2/19 in seven overs & Kuldeep picked 2/35 in 10 overs as Pakistan crashed from 155/2 (29.3 overs) to 191 all out in 42.5 overs.
Apart from Kuldeep & Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Mohammed Siraj & Ravindra Jadeja all got 2 wickets each. Then Indian Captain Rohit Sharma blazed a 36-ball half-century & Shreyas Iyer provided the finishing touches with an unbeaten 50 of his own as India raced to the victory line.
Rohit scored 86 runs off 63 balls, including 6 fours & 6 sixes, as India finished with 192/3 (30.3 overs). Shreyas got to his half-century with a boundary, which was also the winning runs, finishing unbeaten on 53 off 62 balls.
As a result, India leads the table now with six points – after 3 straight wins. Pakistan, after their first loss of the tournament, have 4 points from 3 games and are fourth in the points table.
- Player of the match: Jasprit Bumrah – 2/19 (7)
- Pakistan: 191 (42.5) Babar Azam: 50 (58)
- Jasprit Bumrah: 2/19 (7) Mohammad Azam: 49(69) Hardik Pandya: 2/34(6) Imam-ul-Haq: 36(38) Kuldeep Yadav: 2/35(10)
- India: 192/3 (30.3) Rohit Sharma: 86 (63)
- Shaheen Afridi: 2/36(6) Shreyas Iyer: 53*(62) Hasan Ali: 1/34(6) KL Rahul: 19*(29) Shadab Khan: 0/31(4)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah was seen in the audience. Bumrah, Jadeja & Pandya, the local heroes, took 2 wickets each. Bharat Ratna Sachin Tendulkar was seen carrying the World Cup Trophy along with another official.
- India’s victory continues their impressive record against Pakistan in World Cup matches, maintaining an undefeated streak in such encounters.
- The performance of Jasprit Bumrah, who was named Player of the Match, highlights his critical role in India’s bowling lineup.
- The match took place at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, which is one of the largest cricket stadiums in the world by capacity.
- The rivalry between India and Pakistan in cricket is one of the most intense in the sport, with their matches drawing significant global viewership.
- Rohit Sharma’s leadership as captain and his aggressive batting style have been pivotal in setting the tone for India’s batting performances.