Sohail takes five; Kohli scores century as India gives Pakistan 301 target
Adelaide: Inexperienced pacer Sohail Khan bowled dangerously and captured five wickets while Indian prolific batsman Virat Kohli was dropped twice before he scored a brilliant century for India as the team posted 300-7 against in the high-octane World Cup match here at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.
Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan started the inning for India cautiously before Sohail Khan removed Sharma (15 runs) after he edged in the eighth over as Misbah-ul-Haq took a comfortable catch.
Dhawan (73 runs) then added 123 runs during the second wicket partnership with Virat Kohli before he was run out in 30th over after Misbah’s throw directly hit the wickets.
Meanwhile, Kohli was dropped in the 11th over when Yasir Shah dropped a difficult catch near the boundary on Shahid Afridi’s ball. Makeshift wicketkeeper Umar Akmal dropped Kohli, on 76 in the 32nd over off spinner Haris Sohail’s ball.
Kohli (107 runs) was finally removed by Sohail Khan when Akmal took the catch this time. But Kohli had brought the team’s score to 273-3 in 46th over.
Sohail later also removed Suresh Raina (74 runs) when Haris Sohail took a brilliant catch.
Experienced Wahab Riaz bowled Ravindra Jadeja (3 runs) on the last ball of the penultimate over.
Sohail Khan bowled an impressive last over for Pakistan, removing dangerous MS Dhoni (18 runs) on the first ball and then cleaned bowled Ajinkya Rahane (0) on a slow but clever bowl. Sohail Khan India reached 300-mark on the last ball with 300-7.
Sohail returned with impressive match figure of 5-55 in 10 overs. Pakistan’s top pacer Mohammad Irfan failed to pull any wicket and conceded 58 runs. Shahid Afridi conceded 50 runs off eight overs. Wahab Riaz bowled impressively conceding 49 runs and taking one wicket in his ten overs.
Spinner Yasir Shah was the most expensive bowler for Pakistan as he conceded 60 runs without any success. Haris Sohail conceded 26 runs off four overs.