It was a match pursued by more than a billion people around the world, threatened by rain and spawned by an overwhelming Indian crowd in the Old Trafford stadium of Manchester. The aura was exhilarating and expectations once again simmered that may be the green shirts surprise their arch rivals with a stunner performance. But on realistic grounds, India has proved that they are a far better side comparing the professional and technical capacity of both teams.
Pakistan won the toss but the decision of fielding first turned out to be entirely fruitless again. Muhammad Amir was the only bowler who was shown some respect. Indian batsmen treated Pakistani bowling with a series of stern blows. 336 was a gigantic score. Rohit Sharma has been the most stalwart gladiator with the bat for India in the World Cup, smashed struggling Paki bowlers all over the ground. He scored 140 complemented by a brilliant stroke play. Kohli walked off the ground voluntarily without waiting for umpire’s decision after his impressive 77 runs.
Pakistani batsmen again opened gates for unavoidable criticism after a sloppy display in response to the Indian total. Apart from a substantial partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, no one could dare to stand against India’s tricky bowling attack. Kuldeep was too hard to pick. He got ample turn off the pitch sanctioned by Kohli’s timely bowling change in the middle.
Rain interrupted the play in second batting to let Duckworth Lewis Method decide Pakistan’s fate. Pakistan lost the match by 89 runs, seventh time in a row in World Cup history against India.
Since Pakistan has lost the most crucial match, then what’s left ahead for Pakistan now? They definitely have to win all four matches to stay alive in the tournament. PCB and team management’s ill-conceived planning and witless selection policy has been blatantly exposed and ultimately failed. At this moment of time, the only way to salvation will be to stop yawning and wake up and do something for all it worth.