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Rohit Sharma’s a big hit as India coast to emphatic win over Pakistan

Indian summer:
Batsmen Rohit (left)
and Kohli discuss
their approach in
front of a wall of
fans at Old Trafford
PICTURE: AFP

ROHIT SHARMA’S sparkling 140 from 113 balls helped India maintain their stranglehold over Pakistan in the World Cup in front of a global television audience of around one billion viewers.

One day after Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur challenged his players to ‘do something incredible [and] be remembered forever’, it was Rohit who rose to the occasion in a highly-charged environment at a packed-out Old Trafford.

The opener’s century, plus fifties from KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, instigated an 89-run rain-affected victory, India’s seventh win in seven World Cup matches against their arch rivals.

After India had posted 336 for five, rain intervened to reduce Pakistan’s target to 302 in 40 overs, but they finished on 212 for six.

Kohli told the BBC: ‘Rohit’s knock was outstanding but to get to 330 you need a team effort and that is exactly what happened.

‘It allows me to come in and play in a certain role, the guys are playing their roles nicely.’