Manchester, June 16: India dominated with both bat and ball to humiliate arch-rivals Pakistan by 89 runs in a rain-curtailed World Cup round robin encounter at the Old Trafford ground here on Sunday.
This is the seventh consecutive World Cup victory over Pakistan by Team India.
The first victory came at the 1992 World Cup against eventual title winners Pakistan led by the legendary Imran Khan.
The next victories came at the 1996, 1999, 2003, 2011 and 2015 tournaments.
Star opener Rohit Sharma laid the foundation of Sunday's win with a dominant century.
The Mumbai batsman scored 140 and looked set for yet another ODI double century before gifting his wicket to pacer Hasan Ali with a needlessly extravagant shot.
Virat Kohli also batted well for his 77 as India posted a challenging 336/5.
World Cup debutant Vijay Shankar, Hardik Pandya and Kuldeep Yadav clinched two wickets each to destroy Pakistan's chances.
Shankar became only the third cricketer to take a wicket with his very first World Cup delivery. He follows in the footsteps of Malachi Jones of Bermuda and Australia's Ian Harvey.
Rain stopped play for a brief period.
At that stage, Pakistan had reached 166/6 in 35 overs.
The Pakistan innings was curtailed to 40 overs. The Duckworth-Lewis method revised Pakistan's target to 136 runs off 30 balls. On resumption, their revised target was 302 and they had to chase it down in 40 overs.
That was too big a task for the men in green.
Only managing to reach 212/6, they fell to their third defeat of the tournament.
Pakistan were dealt an early blow in the chase when Vijay Shankar dismissed Imam-ul-Haq off his very first ball of the match.
Brought on to finish the fifth over after Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulled up with a hamstring injury after bowling the fourth ball, Shankar sent in a full delivery that swung back into the left-handed Imam and hit his pads. Imam decided not to review the decision and Pakistan lost their first wicket inside the first five overs.
However, Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam temporarily steadied the ship for Pakistan with a 104-run stand for the second wicket. The pair struggled for runs early on but soon found their rhythm and pegged back the Indian pacers. The breakthrough eventually came only after Virat Kohli introduced the spinners.
Kuldeep Yadav, bowling the 24th over, disturbed the stumps behind Babar with a tossed-up delivery that drifted away from the 24-year-old.
In his next over, he got Zaman and it was all downhill for Pakistan from there.
Hardik Pandya came in then and dismissed veterans Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik off consecutive balls in the 27th over. Sarfraz Ahmed then became Shankar's second wicket of the day and Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan wherein the middle when rain brought a stop to the proceedings.
With the target revised down to 302 - but in 40 overs, Pakistan now needed to score 136 runs off the last five overs. Imad and Shadab managed to take them to 212/6.
Rohit Sharma led the charge for India with the bat. The Indian vice-captain hit his second century of the tournament and shared a 136-run opening stand with K.L. Rahul.
This was the 24th ODI hundred by the Mumbai batsman.
This is the highest score by an Indian batsman against Pakistan at the World Cup.
Rohit is also the first Indian batsman to score back to back ODI hundreds against Pakistan following his unbeaten 111 in Dubai at the Asia Cup last year.
Rahul, batting at the top of the order in place of the injured Shikhar Dhawan, scored 57 off 78 deliveries before falling to Wahab Riaz.
The two openers gave India a cautious but steady start. The Indian openers batted cautiously during the early overs before upping the ante.
The duo put on an opening stand of 136 runs to give the men in blue a solid platform for a big total.
This is the biggest opening partnership by India against Pakistan at the World Cup. This was the sixth opening stand in excess of 100 runs against Pakistan at the World Cup and the first by India.
The pair, opening together for the first time, broke a 23-year-old record set by Sachin Tendulkar and Navjot Singh Sidhu for the highest opening partnership in a World Cup match against Pakistan.
Tendulkar and Sidhu had shared a 90-run stand for the opening wicket in the 1996 World Cup in Bengaluru. India went on to post 287 before winning the match by 37 runs.
Rohit and Rahul broke the record in the 16th over with the latter getting out on 57, spooning a Wahab Riaz fullish delivery to Babar Azam at covers.
Rohit helped the duo get the landmark with a cut against leg-spinner Shadab Khan.
After Rahul's dismissal, Rohit got able company from skipper Virat Kohli and the pair added 98 runs for the second wicket.
Rohit eventually fell to a loose shot off Wahab after which Kohli anchored the latter end of the innings.
Kohli was eventually dismissed when he seemingly got a faint edge to the keeper off Mohammad Amir. Although Kohli walked, umpire Marais Erasmus never raised the finger and replays showed that there was a significant gap between the bat and ball.
Kedar Jadhav and Shankar pushed India's total to 336.
This is India's third win of the tournament and they jump to third on the table, behind second-placed New Zealand on the basis of net run rate. Pakistan, who sink to the ninth place, now need to win all of their remaining matches to make it to the knockouts.
India: 336/5 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 140, Virat Kohli 77; Mohammad Amir 3/47) vs Pakistan: 212/6 in 40 overs (Fakhar Zaman 62, Babar Azam 48; Vijay Shankar 2/22)
News24 Bureau with IANS inputs
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