India’s latest meeting with Pakistan, like many of the previous encounters between the two teams, lacked the thrill associated with the rivalry.
With a blazing victory in a largely one-sided contest, India managed to score their two points excitingly. The toss, that proved to be a blessing in disguise for the Indian team, cost Pakistan dearly as their decision to dismiss their strengths offered the upper hand to their opposition.
A rampant Indian top-order had a spectacular century from Rohit Sharma, and the hit-man was provided sufficient support by his new opening partner, Kl Rahul.
The captain engaged in a classy knock of 77 too, with assistance from valuable cameos by the middle order.
As India managed to score past 330, the bowlers clinched the match with ample justice done to their reputations. There were two charming revelations in the form of Pandya and Shankar, who both took important wickets to provide India with a prominent edge.
Kuldeep Yadav received his spot in the limelight too, and after a dry spell in past matches, picked up crucial wickets against Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, the highest-scoring batsmen for Pakistan.
India looked comfortable from the start, not allowing any nerves to get the better of them at Old Trafford.