‘Life-changing’ operation rekindles returning Murray’s love of tennis

Andy Murray has said that surgery helped him rediscover his passion for tennis as he prepares to make his comeback at Queen’s Club this week. The 32-year-old will feature in the men’s doubles alongside Spaniard Feliciano Lopez on Wednesday, five months after undergoing a hip resurfacing operation. “There have been a number of times over the past 18 months where I did want to stop,” he said. “I didn’t want to play anymore. I was getting no enjoyment out of tennis at all, whether that be training, practice, matches. “I wasn’t bothered about winning matches either because it wasn’t fun. Now I like playing tennis, getting out on the court and hitting balls. I want to keep playing if I can because I enjoy it.” Murray said at the Australian Open in January that he intended to retire after Wimbledon due to crippling pain that stopped him from doing everyday tasks like pulling on socks. The three-time Grand Slam winner admitted that the progress he has made since then has been better than anticipated. “I didn’t expect to be in this position,” said the former world number one. “I didn’t know how it would feel if I went and had the operation. But it has been brilliant, completely life-changing for me from where I was. “I’m looking forward to getting back out there, but I don’t know what to expect and I’m not putting any kind of expectations on myself. Just being out on the tennis court and being pain free is enough.”

Injured Roy to miss England’s next two World Cup games

Injured Roy to miss England's next two World Cup games
MANCHESTER: England opener Jason Roy will miss the hosts’ next two World Cup matches with a torn left hamstring, the England and Wales Cricket Board said on Monday. Roy, who suffered the injury while fielding during England’s win over the West Indies on Friday, has been ruled out of Tuesday’s group fixture against Afghanistan at Old Trafford and Friday’s match against Sri Lanka at Headingley. Meanwhile, England captain Eoin Morgan, who suffered a back spasm in the field against the West Indies, and like Roy did not bat in that match, will be assessed ahead of the Afghanistan clash and could yet play against the tournament minnows. “England batsman Jason Roy, who left the field during West Indies’ innings in the ICC Cricket World Cup fixture on Friday due to left hamstring tightness, underwent an MRI scan on Saturday in London,” an ECB statement read. “The MRI confirmed that Roy has suffered a hamstring tear. As a result of the injury, he will be reassessed on an ongoing basis this week. “He is set to miss England’s next two matches in the ICC Cricket World Cup against Afghanistan (18 June) and Sri Lanka (21 June).” As for Morgan’s condition, the ECB said he had undergone a scan at the weekend and received further treatment. “The spasm has settled down and will be monitored over the next 24 hours ahead of England’s next match against Afghanistan tomorrow (Tuesday) at Old Trafford, Manchester,” the statement added. Roy, who suffered a hamstring injury during England’s tour of the Caribbean earlier this year, hit a fifty in their World Cup opening win over South Africa and then struck a commanding 153 in a victory over Bangladesh. But he fell for just 14 during England’s surprise group loss to Pakistan at Trent Bridge. Joe Root was promoted to open alongside Jonny Bairstow against the West Indies and the Test skipper responded with an unbeaten century.

No room for error after India loss, says Pakistan’s Wasim

No room for error after India loss, says Pakistan's Wasim
Pakistan must win all four of their remaining group games to have any chance of reaching the World Cup semi-finals, all-rounder Imad Wasim has said after his team’s defeat by arch-rivals India on Sunday. India, who won by 89 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method, have seven points and occupy third place in the standings behind Australia and New Zealand, while Pakistan are second-bottom with three points from five games. “This was a really, really disappointing result for us,” said Wasim, who came in at number seven and struck an unbeaten 46 off 39 deliveries. “When we came back on after the rain there was very little we could do, but we know we have four matches left and if we win those, we still have a chance. “Results of the other countries may come into play. From our point of view, we can only do what we can. What is in our hands is to try to win all four games and take it from there.” Pakistan face South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday before wrapping up their group campaign with matches against New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.

Bangladesh bowl against West Indies in World Cup

Bangladesh bowl against West Indies in World Cup
TAUNTON: Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza won the toss and elected to bowl first in Monday’s World Cup match against the West Indies at Taunton. Mashrafe admitted he was hoping to take advantage of a pitch that might help his bowlers early on. “There might be something in the wicket. The boys have been well prepared, so let’s see,” he said. West Indies skipper Jason Holder conceded he would have bowled first as well given the pitch conditions and cloud cover in the west country. “I would have liked to bowl as well but it’s an opportunity to make some runs,” he said. “We’ll probably have to fight for the first 10 overs but we have the firepower to do it. It’s for us to be a little smarter.” Carlos Brathwaite was left out of the West Indies in favour of Darren Bravo. All-rounder Brathwaite received an official reprimand for showing dissent during his side’s defeat against England last week. The incident occurred when Brathwaite was given out for 14. Both the West Indies and Bangladesh have won one of their four group matches, with two defeats and one no result apiece. West Indies: Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope (wkt), Nicholas Pooran, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder (capt), Andre Russell, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Shannon Gabriel Bangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wkt), Liton Das, Mahmudullah, Mosaddek Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan, Mashrafe Mortaza (capt), Mustafizur Rahman

Getting Babar out was ‘dream’ delivery, says India’s Yadav

Getting Babar out was 'dream' delivery, says India's Yadav
MANCHESTER: India’s Kuldeep Yadav admitted bowling Pakistan batsman Babar Azam in the World Cup with a magical delivery that tossed and turned was a “dream” for any spinner. Yadav returned figures of 2-32 with his left-arm wrist spin to play a key role in India’s 89-run victory via DLS over arch rivals Pakistan in Manchester on Sunday. Yadav got Azam bowled through the gate — the ball nipping between bat and pad — for 48 to end a 104-run second wicket stand involving Fakhar Zaman, who top scored with 62. “Getting Babar Azam out was the best delivery for me in this tournament. I got him out in the Asia Cup as well,” Yadav told reporters. “After the rain break I went back and watched that delivery. It had drift and turn, so any spinner will love that delivery. “It’s a proper dream delivery and a proper Test delivery. Deceiving the batsman in the air and making him commit the mistake. A perfect delivery,” he said with a smile. He struck again in his next over to send the left-handed Fakhar packing after the batsman played against the spin to give away a catch at short fine leg. Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya also took two wickets each to restrict Pakistan to 212 for six in a failed chase for their revised target of 302 in 40 overs. “Both Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman play spin well. They were rotating the strike and were attacking, so it was important to break that partnership,” said Yadav. “Getting Babar out and then another wicket put them under pressure and according to DLS they needed a very high run-rate and that was a plus point for us.” Pundits had raised doubts about Yadav’s performance in the World Cup after coming off an ordinary show in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. But the 24-year-old spinner has held his own with 1-46 against South Africa and a breakthrough performance against Pakistan. “Everyone is talking about my rhythm. I don’t think I lost my rhythm. It happens when you don’t pick wickets but the last three games I have bowled really well,” he said. “In the game against Australia they were struggling to hit me and that’s important for any spinner.” India vice-captain Rohit Sharma stood out with his 140 off 113 deliveries during India’s 336 for five in 50 overs. But Sharma was quick to praise Yadav for his key strikes in the Pakistan innings. “He’s our match-winning bowler in that middle over phase, and today also you saw how important those crucial wickets were,” said Sharma. “Both the batsmen were set. Of course, he didn’t start the tournament the way he would like to, but for us as a group around him, our job is to just make sure that he gets that confidence, he gets that backing from the team.” Yadav has claimed 90 wickets from 47 ODI matches since his debut in 2017.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to miss 2-3 games with hamstring injury

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to miss 2-3 games with hamstring injury
MANCHESTER: India’s swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar will miss the next two to three games with a hamstring injury, captain Virat Kohli said after the team’s emphatic victory against Pakistan. Sharing the new ball with Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar was into his third over when he landed awkwardly and hobbled off the ground, leaving India one bowler short. India still had enough depth in their bowling to restrict Pakistan and coast to a 89-run victory in the rain-hit match between the arch-rivals. The team later said Kumar, whose ability to swing the ball makes him an asset in English conditions, could not take any further part in the match owing to tightness in his left hamstring. “Slight niggle for Bhuvi, he slipped on one of the footmarks,” Kohli said at the presentation ceremony. “He’s out for two, maybe three games, but he should come back for us at some stage during this tournament.” Kumar took five wickets in India’s first two matches and his injury is likely to facilitate the selection of fellow right-hand quick Mohammed Shami who is yet to play a match in the tournament. Kohli said Kumar was “important” to the team and that Shami was “raring to go”. India have already lost opener Shikhar Dhawan to a hand injury though they remain hopeful the southpaw will be fit before the June 30 match against hosts England.

Sarfaraz refuses to blame senior men for Pakistan’s troubles

Sarfaraz refuses to blame senior men for Pakistan's troubles
MANCHESTER: Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed refused to put the blame for his team’s defeat to India and poor World Cup on the senior players, saying all his squad needed to step up their game. India’s comprehensive victory at Old Trafford left Pakistan in ninth place after just one win from five matches and needing a huge turnaround in form to have any chance of making the semi-finals. Pakistan were outclassed with India making 336 for five and apart from a 104-run second-wicket partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, Pakistan never looked like mounting a real challenge. “It definitely is very disappointing. It is hard. We were going really well, especially if you talk about our batting. I thought, when we lost the first wicket, Imam and Fakhar, they made a good partnership,” Sarfaraz said. “Our manager just said stay on the wicket and just try to hit fours and sixes. Unfortunately, we lost too many wickets, and that’s why we lost the match,” he added, referring to a slump which saw four wickets fall in three overs. After the match, some in the Pakistan media questioned whether Sarfaraz got the support he needed from his senior players. The 38-year-old all-rounder Shoaib Malik, dismissed for a duck on Sunday, has yet to hit double figures in his three World Cup innings and has bowled just eight overs of his spin in the tournament — with just a solitary over against India. Mohammad Hafeez, like Shoaib a former Pakistan captain, also failed to deliver in the crunch match, making just nine as the middle order collapsed. However, Sarfaraz said the whole team had to share the responsibility for the loss. “I don’t think you can talk about only the senior players, I think you have to talk about the whole team. I think the whole team is not performing well in all three departments, not fielding, not bowling, and not batting,” he said. The decision to ask India to bat failed to deliver the anticipated early breakthroughs but the skipper defended his choice, pointing the finger at his bowlers, whose length was often too short. “I think we won a good toss. I think we didn’t capitalise on that — when we saw the pitch, there was a little bit of moisture on the pitch, we (wanted to use) the conditions. I think we didn’t hit the right areas,” he added.

ICC defend India-Pakistan finish as pundits slam ‘farce’

ICC defend India-Pakistan finish as pundits slam 'farce'
MANCHESTER: The International Cricket Council defended the farcical finish to India’s World Cup win over Pakistan after rain left Sarfaraz Ahmed’s side with a seemingly impossible task on Sunday. Pakistan were 166 for six, chasing an initial target of 337, when rain stopped play after 35 overs. Had the match ended then, they would have lost by 86 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method for rain-affected matches. But the umpires decided play could resume, only for Pakistan to be left needing an outlandish further 136 in just five more overs to reach a revised D/L winning score of 302 in 40 overs. “Cricket is prone to farce – this is up there, this is a top five moment,” said Jonathan Agnew, the BBC cricket correspondent. Fellow BBC radio commentator Graeme Swann also questioned the decision to leave Pakistan needing a run-rate of nearly 28 an over. The former England off-spinner said: “If you’re at home and you are trying to explain this to children just say that sometimes grown-ups do things that don’t make sense.” Pakistan, unsurprisingly, got nowhere near their new target and lost by 89 runs under D/L, with only rank outsiders Afghanistan now below the 1992 champions in the 10-team table. But an ICC spokesman told AFP that, with net run-rate a potential tie-breaker in qualifying the top four for the semi-finals if teams are level on points, it would have been wrong to end the game any earlier and so, at the very least, deny Pakistan the chance to boost their rate.

Ton-up Sharma stars as India beat rivals Pakistan in World Cup

Ton-up Sharma stars as India beat rivals Pakistan in World Cup
Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred in three innings as India maintained their unbeaten record against Pakistan at the World Cup with an 89-run win under the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method on Sunday. Sharma’s 140 was the centrepiece of a total of 336-5 that also featured captain Virat Kohli’s 77. Victory in this rain-curtailed clash saw India, who have now won all seven of their World Cup matches against Pakistan, remain unbeaten after four pool games at this year’s edition. Pakistan, whose only 2019 pool win so far was a shock defeat of hosts England, were never truly up with the rate in the showpiece match of the 10-team round-robin stage. They still had hope at 117 for one even though the most made by any side batting second to win a World Cup match is Ireland’s 329 for seven against England at Bangalore in 2011. But Kuldeep Yadav then struck twice to spark a collapse that saw Pakistan lose four wickets for 12 runs in 18 balls as they slumped to 129 for five in 27 overs — long past the 20-over cut-off point needed for a result under D/L. A third rain stoppage came with Pakistan 166-6 off 35 overs. The match then descended into something of a farce when play resumed under leaden skies, with Pakistan requiring an outlandish 136 more runs in five overs to reach a revised victory total of 302 in 40 overs. That target which, eventually became 94 off the last six balls, unsurprisingly proved beyond them as Pakistan finished on 212-6, dealing a major blow to their semi-final hopes as India took the bragging rights yet again. Worryingly for India, paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar limped off in the fifth over of Pakistan’s chase with a hamstring injury that sidelined him from the rest of the match. But Vijay Shankar, completing the over, struck first ball when he had opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for seven. Fakhar Zaman (62) and Babar Azam (48) repaired the damage with a century stand, before they both fell to left-arm wrist-spinner Yadav as they tried to up the tempo.

– Huge roars –

Babar was bowled between bat by a superb delivery before Zaman miscued a sweep to short fine leg. All-rounder Hardik Pandya then took two wickets in two balls. Mohammad Hafeez was caught at deep square leg before Shoaib Malik played on for his second successive duck — a wicket greeted with huge roars by the massed ranks of India fans in a capacity crowd, with an estimated one billion watching on television. Earlier, Kohli became the quickest player to 11,000 one-day international runs, getting there in 222nd innings compared to compatriot Sachin Tendulkar’s previous record of 276 innings. Meanwhile, Pakistan left-arm quick Mohammad Amir continued his fine form with 3-47 despite two early warnings for running on the pitch. But not even Amir could stop Sharma and KL Rahul (57) marking their first ODI match as a opening duo with a stand of 136 after Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed won the toss. Sharma, who made 122 in India’s opening win over South Africa and 57 against Australia, went to fifty with a six over long-on and a cut four off successive deliveries from recalled leg-spinner Shadab Khan. He then entered the 90s with an extraordinary square-cut six off paceman Hasan Ali. His single off Shadab saw Sharma to an 85-ball hundred including three sixes and nine fours. It was Sharma’s 24th ODI century. But a quickfire stand of 98 with Kohli ended when Sharma, trying a needlessly extravagant scoop, flicked Hasan to short fine leg. Kohli, 71 not out at the start of a 55-minute rain break, fell soon after the resumption when, trying to hook Amir, he ‘walked’ for a catch behind by wicket-keeper Sarfaraz despite replays appearing to show he didn’t hit the ball.

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Pakistan’s inning

Over 39 – 208/6 (Imad 44, Shadab 18) Bumrah continues Over 38 – 196/6 (Imad 34, Shadab 17) Over 37 – 182/6 (Imad 27, Shadab 11) Play has been resumed. need 136 off 30 balls. The revised target is 302. Over 35 – 166/6 (Imad 22, Shadab 1) (34.1) OUT!  an inside edge instead, and the ball clatters into leg stump. Sarfaraz is gone. Over 32 – 154/5 (Imad 15, Sarfaraz 10) Over 30 – 140/5 (Imad 6, Sarfaraz 5) Over 29 – 137/5 (Imad 5, Sarfaraz 3) Over 28 – 132/5 (Imad 1, Sarfaraz 2) Over 27 – 129/5 (Imad 0, Sarfaraz 0) Imad Wasim comes to bat (26.6) OUT! Sharp delivery from Hardik Pandya. Malik is gone on the very first delivery. Shoaib Malik comes to bat (26.5) OUT! India making no mistakes. Shankar takes an easy catch as Hafeez walks back. Pandya to bowl the 24th over Over 26 – 126/3 (Hafeez 7, Sarfaraz 0) (25.6) OUT! top-edged and into the fielder’s hand. Fakhar gone Over 25 – 126/2 (Hafeez 7, Fakhar 62) (24.6) SIX! Hafeez clobbered this sweep 15 rows back at deep midwicket Over 24 – 117/2 (Hafeez 0, Fakhar 61) (23.6) WICKET! Superb delivery by Kuldeep Yadav. Nicely tossed up, the ball drifts away gently across Babar, pitches and then wickedly spins back in. Over 23 – 113/1 (Babar 46, Fakhar 58) (22.2) SIX! Huge! Magnificent from Babar. Chahal bowls Over 22 – 103/1 (Babar 38, Fakhar 56) (21.4) Four! runs it to third man and races down to the boundary for four. Kuldeep bowls Over 21 – 87/1 (Babar 34, Fakhar 44) (20.1) SIX! What a start! Fakhar gets down on one knee and slog-sweeps with the spin to clear deep midwicket. Fifty comes for Fakhar Zaman Chahal continues Over 20 – 87/1 (Babar 34, Fakhar 44) Over 19 – 86/1 (Babar 34, Fakhar 43) Chahal bowls Over 18 – 84/1 (Babar 33, Fakhar 42) Yadhav bowls Over 17 – 79/1 (Babar 30, Fakhar 40) Over 16 – 75/1 (Babar 28, Fakhar 38) (15.5) Four! runs it to third man and races down to the boundary for four. (15.3) Four! Massive hit by Fakhar Zaman. Very well connected Over 15 – 64/1 (Babar 27, Fakhar 28) Yadhav bowls Over 14 – 58/1 (Babar 25, Fakhar 24) (13.4) Four! Fakhar managed to guide it past fine leg, where it trickles through for four Pandya continues Over 13 – 51/1 (Babar 23, Fakhar 19) Yadav bowls Over 12 – 49/1 (Babar 22, Fakhar 18) (11.6) Four! Babar caresses it past point, and no chance for the man in the deep. Much needed boundary. Over 11 – 41/1 (Babar 15, Fakhar 17) Pandya bowls Over 10 – 38/1 (Babar 13, Fakhar 16) Shankar bowls Over 9 – 34/1 (Babar 11, Fakhar 15) (8.3) Four! Lovely shot by Babar. Very well balanced. Haradik Pandya comes to bowl Over 8 – 29/1 (Babar 6, Fakhar 15) (7.6) Four! down leg and Fakhar Zaman helped this along to the fine leg boundary. Over 7 – 25/1 (Babar 6, Fakhar 11) Over 6 – 20/1 (Babar 6, Fakhar 6) (5.6) Four! Babar delightfully punched to the off side Bumrah bowls Over 5 – 14/1 (Babar 1, Fakhar 5)

WICKET! Shankar gets Imam on his first ball

Bhuvneshwar injured, Shankar to continue the over Bhuvneshwar bowls Over 4 – 13/0 (Imam 7, Fakhar 5) Bumrah continues Over 3 – 12/0 (Imam 6, Fakhar 5) (2.5) Four! Lovely shot by Imam, against the swing played with the straight bat Bhuvneshwar continues Over 2 – 6/0 (Imam 1, Fakhar 5) (1.3) Four! Full toss and Fakhar spanked through the covers! Bumrah bowls Over 1 – 2/0 (Imam 1, Fakhar 1) Bhuvneshwar Kumar is bowling the first over for India, while Imama-ul-HAq and Fakahr Zaman are opening the inning.

India’s inning

Over 50 – 336/5 (Jadhav 9, Shankar 15) (49.4) Four! Perfectly played into the gap, just one bounce over the rope Amir continues. Over 49 – 327/5 (Jadhav 7, Shankar 9) (48.3) Four! Jadhav gets away the boundary here Wahab continues Over 48 – 315/5 (Jadhav 1, Shankar 5) (47.4) OUT! Amir stirkes again. Absolutely a clever bouncer and Kohli has to walk back to the dressing room Amir bowls (46.6) Four! lovely shot by the skipper. Slightly touched and goes away to the boundary. Wahab continues Rain stops, both the teams return to the ground. Rain stops play! Wahab Riaz continues Over 46 – 302/4 (Kohli 70, Shankar 1) (45.1) OUT! Dhoni swung it hard but only managed an edge to Sarfraz Ahmed. He scored 1 run off 2 balls. Mohammad Amir bowls Over 45 – 298/3 (Kohli 67, Dhoni 1) (44.5) FOUR! Again on legs and easier for Kohli (44.4) FOUR! Easy pickings for Kohli, on the legs with fine leg up in the circle Hasan Ali continues Over 44 – 286/3 (Kohli 56, Dhoni 0) (43.5) OUT! Pandya looked to play helicopter, but did not get enough, Babar took a good catch in the deep. He scored 26 off 19 deliveries. (43.4) FOUR! Slower and shorter, Pandya smashed it through covers (43.2) FOUR! Glorious from Kohli, smacked straight down the ground Amir into the attack Over 43 – 274/2 (Kohli 48, Pandya 22) (42.1) SIX! Slower one from Hasan, a top edge takes ball over the third man boundary Hasan Ali bowls Over 42 – 261/2 (Kohli 47, Pandya 10) (41.1) FOUR! Full outside off, Kohli lofted it elegantly over cover Wahab Riaz continues Over 41 – 254/2 (Kohli 41, Pandya 9) Hasan Ali continues Over 40 – 248/2 (Kohli 39, Pandya 5) Shadab Khan bowls Over 39 – 238/2 (Kohli 30, Pandya 4) (38.2) OUT! Sharma looked to be cheeky, the fine leg was inside the circle, he played a scoop straight into his hand. He scored 140 off 113 balls. (38.1) FOUR! Short ball, played it over square leg for a boundary Hasan Ali into the attack Over 38 – 230/1 (Sharma 136, Kohli 30) Wahab continues Over 37 – 220/1 (Sharma 128, Kohli 29) Imad Wasim continues Over 36 – 215/1 (Sharma 126, Kohli 26) (35.3) FOUR! Short, slow and wide from Wahab, Sharma cut it over point Wahab Riaz comes back to bowl Over 35 – 206/1 (Sharma 119, Kohli 24) Imad Wasim continues Over 34 – 199/1 (Sharma 113, Kohli 23) (33.5) FOUR! Slog sweep, ball rocketed to the boundary Shadab Khan continues Over 33 – 191/1 (Sharma 106, Kohli 22) Imad Wasim continues Over 32 – 187/1 (Sharma 104, Kohli 20) Shadab Khan continues Over 31 – 181/1 (Sharma 102, Kohli 16) Amir continues Over 30 – 172/1 (Sharma 100, Kohli 9) Shadab Khan into the attack again Over 29 – 165/1 (Sharma 95, Kohli 7) Mohammad Amir into the attack Over 28 – 164/1 (Sharma 94, Kohli 7) Wahab Riaz continues Over 27 – 160/1 (Sharma 92, Kohli 6) (26.2) SIX! Short and wide from Hasan, Sharma plays it over point for a six Hasan Ali continues Over 26 – 151/1 (Sharma 85, Kohli 4) Wahab Riaz continues Over 25 – 146/1 (Sharma 81, Kohli 3) (24.3) FOUR! Excellent delivery from Hasan Ali, it was coming in and Sharma inside edged for a boundary Hasan Ali comes back to bowl Over 24 – 136/1 (Sharma 74, Kohli 0) (23.5) OUT! Wahab went around the wicket to avoid running on the wicket, but also found a wicket, he bowled it fill and KL Rahul played a lofted drive straight it to Babar Azam. Rahul scored 57 runs off 78 deliveries Wahab Riaz into the attack Over 23 – 134/0 (Rahul 57, Sharma 74) (22.5) SIX! Rahul backs off to make room and deposits it over cover (22.1) FOUR! Sharma gets down the wicket and struck it straight over the bowler’s head Mohammad Hafeez into the attack Over 22 – 123/0 (Rahul 51, Sharma 68) (21.4) SIX! Short from Malik, Rahul pulled it for a six and brought up his half-century Sarfraz Ahmed brings Shoaib Malik into the attack Over 21 – 112/0 (Rahul 43, Sharma 66) Imad Wasim continues Over 20 – 105/0 (Rahul 39, Sharma 63) Shadab continues Over 19 – 103/0 (Rahul 38, Sharma 62) Imad Wasim bowls Over 18 – 101/0 (Rahul 37, Sharma 61) Shadab Khan continues Over 17 – 99/0 (Rahul 36, Sharma 60) Imad Wasim continues Over 16 – 93/0 (Rahul 33, Sharma 58) (15.1) FOUR! Again a bit of width, Sharma is in top form as he shows with the stroke Shadab Khan continues Over 15 – 87/0 (Rahul 32, Sharma 53) Imad continues Over 14 – 83/0 (Rahul 30, Sharma 51) Shadab continues Over 13 – 80/0 (Rahul 28, Sharma 50) Imad Wasim bowls Over 12 – 79/0 (Rahul 27, Sharma 50) (11.5) FOUR! Full and wide again, excellent shot from Sharma to bring up his fifty (11.4) SIX! A friendly loopy full toss from Shadab invites Sharma to hit a six (11.1) FOUR! Short and wide from Shadab, Rahul is too good of a batsman to miss out on that Shadab Khan comes into the attack Over 11 – 62/0 (Rahul 22, Sharma 38) (10.1) FOUR! On the legs of Rahul, he swept it fine for a four Imad continues Over 10 – 53/0 (Rahul 14, Sharma 37) (9.6) FOUR! Too much width offered to Sharma, he takes the opportunity to score another boundary Wahab continues Over 9 – 46/0 (Rahul 12, Sharma 32) Imad Wasim comes into the attack Over 8 – 42/0 (Rahul 10, Sharma 31) (7.6) FOUR! Short from Wahab, Sharma just helped it on its way over the head of short fine-leg, too easy for the Indian opener Wahab Riaz into the attack Over 7 – 35/0 (Rahul 8, Sharma 26) Amir continues Over 6 – 32/0 (Rahul 7, Sharma 25) (5.6) SIX! Again short and this time Sharma pulls it for the first six of the game (5.4) FOUR! Short and wide from Hasan, Sharma slapped it to square of the wicket Hasan Ali bowls Over 5 – 20/0 (Rahul 2, Sharma 14) Amir continues Over 4 – 16/0 (Rahul 2, Sharma 14) Hasan Ali continues Over 3 – 11/0 (Rahul 1, Sharma 10) Amir continues Over 2 – 9/0 (Rahul 0, Sharma 9) (1.2) FOUR! A good inswinging delivery from Hasan Ali, Sharma inside edged it for a four. Hasan Ali bowls Over 1 – 0/0 (Rahul 0, Sharma 0) Mohammad Amir is bowling the first over for Pakistan, while Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are opening the inning

Team Line ups

Pakistan: 1 Imam-ul-Haq, 2 Fakhar Zaman, 3 Babar Azam, 4 Mohammad Hafeez, 5 Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt & wk), 6 Shoaib Malik, 7 Imad Wasim, 8 Shadab Khan, 9 Wahab Riaz, 10 Hasan Ali 11 Mohammad Amir India: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 KL Rahul, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Vijay Shankar, 5 MS Dhoni (wk), 6 Kedhar Jadhav, 7 Hardik Pandya, 8 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Yuzvendra Chahal, 11 Jasprit Bumrah


Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first against India.
  The biggest clash of the World Cup 2019 is about to start as Pakistan are all set to take on the arch-rivals India at Manchester. Pakistan are yet to taste victory against India in a World Cup contest, as the Men in Blue maintain a perfect record of 6-0 while facing the Men in green. The World Cup 1992 champions will be looking to create history, while India will be hoping to maintain their dominance against the neighbours in the global cricketing event.