It was an impressive and convincing victory for India as Virat Kohli scored an imperious century as the defending Cricket World Cup champions thumped rival Pakistan in a 76-run victory at the Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
Roughly 1 billion people watched the Pool B grudge match, and 41,587 were in attendance in easily the most spirited match of the tournament. India has a perfect 6-0 record against Pakistan in the World Cup.
To be exact, Kohli made 107 to become the first Indian to score a century in a World Cup against Pakistan. His shared century stands with both Shikhar Dhawan (73) and Suresh Raina (74).
Pakistan had a glimmer of hope. When Kohli fell as part of Sohail Khan's 5-55, Pakistan had a chance to get back into the match by restricting India to a reachable 300-7.
However, Mohammed Shami had just a 4-35 and Pakistan failed to build on the momentum. Overall, captain Misbah-ul-Haq led the way for Pakistan with 76, but no other batsman went over 50. They finished with just a 224 in the 47th over.
"The crowd were 90 percent in favor of India and it was a canter for their side,” former England batsman Geoffrey Boycott told BBC.com. “Pakistan didn't have the firepower in spin or seam to stop India getting runs. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli found it easy to score - they got to 150 without breaking sweat. Then the fireworks came from Suresh Raina, who is a great talent. He is amazing and he smashes it everywhere.”
Up next for India is a match with South Africa on Feb. 22 at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Pakistan faces West Indies on Feb. 21 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, New Zealand.
India 300-7 in 50 overs (Kohli 107, Sohail 5-55)
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