India preserves World Cup record next to Pakistan
India sustained their flawless World Cup record next to arch competitor Pakistan after Virat Kohli’s effortless 36 runs not out powered them to a 7 wicket win in a group two super 10 phase game of the World Twenty20 on March 21.
Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat first. Pakistan did not get the speedy start as they wanted and could not climb a late attack either next to India’s obedience bowlers who controlled them to 130-7 at the Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium.
India made a good, if not impressive, start to their hunt with their openers accumulation of 54 runs in 8 overs before Shikhar Dhawan (30) fell to Umar Gul to cause a mini-crumple. Rohit Sharma (24) pulled a Saeed Ajmal bowl on to his ends while Bilawal Bhatti reorganized Yuvraj Singh’s stumps as India bended to 65-3 in the 11th over.
Pakistan captain Mohammad Hafeez said to reporters, “You may say whatever you want but we don’t think like ‘this is World Cup and we’ve never beaten them in World Cup events. We go into a match (with) positive (mindset). Unfortunately, we could not snap that streak but we’ll try our level best next time.”