India started off their World Cup campaign in an excellent fashion as lead by Virat Kohli’s hundred and a typical Suresh Raina’s innings, they notched up a match-winning total of 300 against Pakistan at Adelaide.
After electing to bat first, Indian openers started cautiously in the first few overs before Rohit Sharma became Sohail Khan’s first victim. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli then steadied the innings and brought up their half-centuries. The duo put on 129 runs for the second wicket before a mix-up between the two lead to Dhawan’s run-out. He scored 73 off 76 balls with 7 fours and a six. Skipper MS Dhoni then promoted Suresh Raina to number four and he proved Dhoni’s decision right as along with Kohli, he scored 110 runs for the fourth wicket in 15 overs before bringing up his half-century and Kohli creating history by becoming the first Indian batsman to score a hundred against Pakistan in a World Cup clash. Kohli hit 107 before getting out to Sohail.
The platform was set for Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja to hit some lusty blows at the end but Wahab Riaz and Sohail Khan struck at regular intervals and got rid of Dhoni, Raina and Jadeja to deny India’s chances scoring more than 320. Sohail also registered his 5-wicket haul in World Cup.
But now the question is whether Pakistan will chase down 301 because the highest total Pakistan has ever chased down in World Cup is 264/6 against New Zealand in 1992 World Cup.
Brief Scores: India 300/7 (Kohli 107, Raina 74, Dhawan 73, Sohail 5-55) vs Pakistan