ICC World Cup 2015, Day 2: 6-0, Federer and other talking points
India-Pakistan blockbuster match headlined the second day at 2015 ICC World Cup Down Under on Sunday. Historical burden continues to bogged down Pakistan and succumbed to clam and collective Indians in front of a packed Adelaide Oval crowd, mostly traveling fans from the Indian sub-continent.
New Delhi: India-Pakistan blockbuster match headlined the second day at 2015 ICC World Cup Down Under on Sunday. Historical burden continues to bogged down Pakistan and succumbed to clam and collective Indians in front of a packed Adelaide Oval crowd, mostly traveling fans from the Indian sub-continent.
India registered a convincing 76-run win over their arch-rivals and kept their perfect record against Pakistan at the World Cup intact. It's 6-0 now! Here are the five talking points from the big Sunday fixture at the 11th Cricket World Cup.
First century by an Indian against Pakistan at World Cup
Virat is the name! After enduring a slump in form, the Indian vice-captain hit form in just the right moment, helping his team to open the title defence campaign on a rousing note. Virat Kohli, the heir apparent to maestro Sachin Tendulkar achieved what the legend failed.
The 26-year-old on Sunday became the first Indian to score a World Cup hundred against Pakistan. The previous highest individual score for an Indian against Pakistan was Tendulkar's 98 in 2003 at Centurion.
Kohli, in his 143rd innings, now equalled former captain Sourav Ganguly's 22 ODI hundreds. Only three players have more hundreds than the Delhi lad – Sanath Jayasuriya (28 hundreds from 433 innings), Ricky Ponting (30 from 365) and Sachin Tendulkar (49 from 452).
Gentleman in Federer 'bleeds blue'
Roger Federer surprised every cricket fan, irrespective their allegiance and rooting, on Sunday by showing himself with a Team India jersey. Known to be a gentleman in sporting circles, Federer, however didn't hide where his allegiance lies.
The 33-year-old, arguably the greatest ever tennis player, showed himself with the jersey on social media site Facebook. He wrote, "Dressing up for a Gentleman`s game today. #BleedBlue," wrote the 33-year-old.
Notably, Federer represented Indian Aces in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (ITPL) and have spent some time in India during the November-December event. And Indian cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, have expressed their fascination and admiration to the Swiss legend.
200-run partnership between Miller and Duminy
First shock of the tournament was averted when David Miller and JP Duminy stitched a record fifth-wicket partnership. Their 226 runs eclipsed England`s Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara partnership against Ireland.
Earlier, Zimbabwean bowlers rocked the famed Proteas top-order and at one stage, the favourites were reduced to 84 for four. But the duo broke Zimbabwean hearts with some brutal hittings towards the end of the first innings. South African eventually posted a massive 339.
Both the batsmen returned undefeated, Miller making 138 off 92 balls with seven fours and nine sixes; while Duminy consumed 100 balls for his 115 runs, which included nine fours and three sixes.
Zimbabwean were cruising, but some rear-guard action from Imran Tahir and Duminy denied them a famous victory. Despite a 62-run defeat, their chase was more than inspirational.
300 runs for teams batting first
2015 Cricket World Cup is proving to be batsmen's edition. In the four matches played so far, all four teams batting first have scored 300 or more runs. But the teams batting batting second have wilted under pressure, and have failed to cross the 250-run mark.
In the tournament opener yesterday, New Zealand scored 331 runs and won by 98 runs with Sri Lanka managing only 233 in reply. Australia made 342 against England, and folded their traditional rivals for a paltry 231 to win by 111 runs on Saturday.
The second day also witnessed two of the favourites South Africa and India posting huge totals. South Africa posted 339 runs against the Zimbabweans despite an early collapse, and won the match by 62 runs.
Defending champions India failed to capitalise on their superb middle-order run, but still ended up scoring run-a-ball total against Pakistan. The total proved more than enough for India, and won the match by 76 runs.
Bowlers too can impress
Amidst the ruins, bowlers have also enjoyed their share of spoils in this World Cup. So far, three bowlers have achieved five-for figures for themselves.
English bowler Steve Finn returned with a figure of 5-71-10 in a losing cause against Australia. His spell also included a hat-trick. In the same match, Aussie all-rounder Mitchell Marsh snared five English wickets by conceding only 33 runs. His nine-over spell proved decisive.
Pakistan have always produced world class bowlers and today, Sohail Khan almost helped his team beat India. His effort of five for 55 form 10 overs, however, failed to change the course of history.
In contrary, Indian bowlers have always been poor cousins to their batsmen stars. The current set of bolwers is also believed to lack bite and purpose. But on Sunday, they emerged as champions. And leading the pack was Mohammed Shami, who returned with four wickets.