Virat Kohli (107) and Suresh Raina (74) provide a solid launchpad in final overs but Sohail Khan’s fifer spoils India’s late plans.
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Every word used to describe an India vs Pakistan clash has been over-exhausted by cricket players, pundits and fans in the past. Yet each time the two rivals face off, the tectonic shift in emotions reach unprecedented levels. This time, it is Adelaide’s turn to host the biggest game cricket has to offer as India and Pakistan face off in the first Pool B battle of the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup. Catch live updates from the match here and for all your views, mail us at [email protected]. Best comments to feature here. (India vs Pakistan Live Scorecard | India vs Pakistan in World Cups | Schedule)
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1300: Kohli on his knock: I am pleased with how I batted. Wanted to give myself some time and was patient today. I love this ground and want to wrap it up and take it home with me. A century against Pakistan is always great.
1259: End of the innings. India post 300/7 with Kohli and Raina’s knock as the main highlights. Pakistan players congratulate each other because the target could have been even more.
1254: Out and out and out! Jadeja, Dhoni and Rahane fall in quick succession to take steam out of India’s late push.
1247: Confirmation of Dhoni’s massive power! The previous shot for six came off a delivery which was bowled by Wahab at 154.5kph – the fastest ball of this tournament.
1245: Six! Should have been so much more. Dhoni at his vintage best and his swing sends the ball over like a tracer bullet. Meanwhile, Zimbabwe giving a brilliant fight to South Africa in a strong chase.
1243: Out! Raina’s splendid knock ends as he skies the ball and is caught. He has 74 from 56 to show for his efforts today.
1238: India stutter just a little bit. Dhoni takes a while to get used to the pace of scoring and Pakistan keep changing the field to make things aslightly tougher for him.
1229: Out! Kohli edges behind and his epic knock ends on 107. In walks Dhoni and the situation is tailor-made for him.
1219: Raina is in sensational form. He is stepping away to the faster bowlers and whacking the ball to all parts of the ground.
1213: Raina gets to his fifty!
1212: Century for Kohli! That’s his 22nd and he has equaled Sourav Gaguly’s record. Did you know? Kohli is now the first non-Australian to score four centuries in Adelaide.
Virat Kohli celebrates after scoring a century.
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1209: Raina steps out slightly and whacks spinner Yasir for a fantastic six that makes the fans go wild. Even his teammates applaud.
1203: India 217/2 after 40 overs. Afridi comes in with four overs left in his bag. He has conceded 36 runs. Will he have the proper answer to Kohli’s threat?
1158: Kohli and Raina complete their 50-run stand.
1153: With a casual wristy flick on the leg-side off Irfan, Kohli gets a four and he enters 90s.
1149: Raina pushes forward and targets Riaz with a few boundaries. He has moved into his 30s.
1147: India complete 200 runs in 37 overs.
1138: The final powerplay comes into effect and perhaps, at the right time. Raina has been in the middle for a while and Kohli is looking extremely dangerous. Score: 192/2 in 35.
1131: Dropped! Kohli gets a massive lifeline as Umar Akmal spills a big edge. India vice-captain on 76. Will he make Akmal the biggest villain in Pakistan today?
A bird’s eye view of the Adelaide Oval.
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1125: Suresh Raina makes his way out to the middle.
1123: Out! Dhawan (73) was quite unstoppable today and a run-out perhaps was the only way he would go. He want for the run but confusion with Kohli – who was on strike – spells his doom. Pakistan celebrate and now eye a comeback.
Shikhar Dhawan is run-out by Pakistan.
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1111: Experts and fans have been raving about the maturity shown by Indian batsmen today. After a horrible few matches Down Under in both Tests and ODIs, this has been a good batting display.