Match Highlights: Bumrah’s Bowling and Sharma’s Batting
India’s victory over Pakistan was marked by Jasprit Bumrah’s exceptional bowling performance, taking 2/19 in seven overs, and the half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyer. These performances led India to a comfortable win with 19.3 overs to spare.
India’s Dominance in the World Cup Rivalry
India’s supremacy over Pakistan in ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups is noteworthy. Out of the eight encounters between the two teams at the tournament, India has emerged victorious in all. The only other team with such a dominant record in the tournament’s history is Pakistan, with their record against Sri Lanka.
India’s Impressive World Cup Record
India’s World Cup performance has been remarkable, with only four losses in their last 29 games. This record surpasses any other nation’s performance. The team’s next goal is to maintain this impressive record through the semi-final stage, where they have previously suffered two defeats – against Australia in 2015 and New Zealand in 2019.
Pakistan’s Unfortunate Collapse
Pakistan’s performance was marred by a collapse that saw them lose eight wickets for a mere 36 runs. This is their worst collapse in World Cup history and their third worst in One Day Internationals. The only consolation for Pakistan is that their previous worst World Cup collapse, against England in 1992, was followed by a tournament win.
Sharma’s ODI Record and Sixes
Rohit Sharma’s ODI record is commendable, and his powerful performance in this match saw him hit six more sixes. Earlier in the tournament, Sharma became the player with the most sixes across all formats in international cricket. His performance in this match took his ODI sixes tally to 302, trailing only Shahid Afridi and Chris Gayle.
Babar Azam’s First ODI Fifty Against India
Babar Azam’s half-century in the first innings marked his first ODI fifty against India. This was Babar’s eighth ODI against India, but his first on Indian soil.