Rohit, Yadav script 89 run win in rainaffected match

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Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred in three innings as India maintained their unbeaten record against Pakistan at the World Cup with an 89-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method on Sunday. Sharma´s 140 was the centerpiece of a total of 336-5 that also featured captain Virat Kohli´s 77. Victory in this rain-curtailed clash saw India, who have now won all seven of their World Cup matches against Pakistan, remain unbeaten after four pool games at this year´s edition. Pakistan, whose only 2019 pool win so far was a shock defeat of hosts England, were never truly up with the rate in the showpiece match of the 10-team round-robin stage. They still had hoped at 117 for one even though the most made by any side batting second to win a World Cup match is Ireland´s 329 for seven against England at Bangalore in 2011. But Kuldeep Yadav then struck twice to spark a collapse that saw Pakistan lose four wickets for 12 runs in 18 balls as they slumped to 129 for five in 27 overs — long past the 20-over cut-off point needed for a result under D/L. A third rain stoppage came with Pakistan 166-6 off 35 overs. The match then descended into something of a farce when play resumed under leaden skies, with Pakistan requiring an outlandish 136 more runs in five overs to reach a revised victory total of 302 in 40 overs. That target which, eventually became 94 off the last six balls, unsurprisingly proved beyond them as Pakistan finished on 212-6, dealing a major blow to their semi-final hopes as India took the bragging rights yet again. Worryingly for India, paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar limped off in the fifth over of Pakistan´s chase with a hamstring injury that sidelined him from the rest of the match. — VoM

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