Rain stopped play twice. A dominant India beat Pakistan by 89 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-hit group match at Old Trafford to maintain their unbeaten World Cup record against their arch-rivals on Sunday. Put into bat in a stop-start match, India posted a commanding with Rohit Sharma smashing his second century of the tournament. Skipper Virat Kohli 77 and KL Rahul 57 also got fifty but Mohammad Amir's tight death-overs spell denied India a plus total in the sold out contest between the arch-rivals.
India vs Pakistan could have been sold out 20 times Set a daunting for victory, Pakistan lost opener Imam-ul-Haq 7 to the first-ever ball Vijay Shankar bowled in a World Cup but rebounded well as Fakhar Zaman 62 and Babar Azam 48 shared a run second-wicket stand.
However, wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav dismissed the set pair in consecutive overs before Hardik Pandya removed Mohammad Hafeez 9 and Shoaib Malik 0 off successive deliveries as Pakistan slipped from to Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed 12 was unable to drag his side back into the match, bowled by Shankar before the rain returned.
And left an unrealistic off five overs when they made their way back on to the pitch, Pakistan eventually closed on from 40 overs, well short of their DLS target. Rohit rules the roost India and Pakistan fans during the Cricket World Cup match at Old Trafford You could be forgiven for thinking the match was taking place at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai or the National Stadium in Karachi such was the noise and frenzy in Manchester on Sunday morning in the build-up to the game.
After overnight rain, Sarfaraz opted to bowl first as leg spinners Shadab Khan and Imad Wasim returned to the line-up while Rahul was promoted to the top of India's order with Shankar coming in for the injured Shikhar Dhawan.
The early running between Sharma and Rahul was indecisive and Fakhar was guilty of throwing to the wrong end with Sharma stranded having looked to go for a second that was not available, leaving Sarfaraz livid at the missed opportunity.
Sharma made the most of his second life, smacking Shadab for a meter six before driving the spinner away to the point boundary next ball as he brought up a ball fifty.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli shared a run second-wicket stand Rahul reached his half-century in an equally impressive method, dismissing a long hop from Shoaib Malik over the midwicket boundary for six but he was caught at cover two overs later as Pakistan finally broke the first-wicket stand.
The loss of the wicket did little to slow India's progress, with Kohli building his innings around picking up quick twos allowing Sharma's free-wheeling striking to propel him an ball century.
Just as Sharma looked to be heading towards a fourth ODI double hundred he scooped Hasan Ali straight to Wahab Riaz to bring an end to an exceptional innings. Mohammad Amir is the current joint leading wicket-taker in the World Cup with 13 scalps Amir then took center stage, picking up the wickets of Pandya 26 and MS Dhoni 1 in successive overs before a brief rain shower brought the players off the field with 3.
After a minute break, the players returned and Kohli fell in odd circumstance - given out caught behind off Amir - and the Indian captain walked off despite replays following his dismissal showing a gap between the ball and the edge of the bat as his side finished with an impressive India's bowling depth stifles Pakistan Bhuvneshwar Kumar had taken five wickets over the previous two World Cup games for India Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled just 2.
Though Fakhar and Babar's rebuilding of Pakistan's innings was slow, it proved fruitful and India missed the opportunity to pick up a second wicket when they failed to review an lbw shout against the latter off Yuzvendra Chahal - with replays showing the ball from the spinner would have hit the stumps.
It began to become a costly error as the Pakistan pair found the middle of the bat more easily but Kuldeep turned the match on its head with an exceptional delivery - the leg spinner tossed the ball up, drifted it away from Babar before it spun back in sharply to bowl the batsman through the gap between bat and pad.
And, in his next over, leg-spinner Kuldeep removed Fakhar as the opener top-edged a sweep to Chahal at cover and Pandya's double-strike in the next over, which included bowling Shoaib for a golden duck, swung the match firmly in India's favour.
Sarfaraz dug deep but after edging to 12, his leg stump was splattered by the returning Shankar, as India's dominance with bat and ball told.
Another rain delayed then saw a revised target leave Pakistan needing from 40 overs and although Imad 46no and Shadab 20no enjoyed their brief spells at the crease, a win for India was the only outcome expected.
The victory moved India up to third in the table, level on seven points with New Zealand having played four matches, while Pakistan's third defeat in five games sees them remain in ninth.