Rohit Sharma hit his 24th ODI ton to help India post 336-5 in 50 overs in the ongoing World Cup match against Pakistan at Old Trafford stadium, Manchester on Sunday. Rohit Sharma scored 140 runs off 113 balls. He got a lease of life when an easy run-out was missed by Fakhar Zaman when he was on 32. In a bid to sneak in an extra run, Rohit had gone for all the money but Fakhar Zaman threw the ball at the wrong end to give Hitman another life and the latter grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Winning the toss, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed invited India to bat first in the most awaited World Cup clash. The Men in Blue started cautiously with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. The duo added 136 runs for the first wicket and gave India the start they wanted.
KL Rahul, who was opening the batting with Rohit Sharma in the absence of an injured Shikhar Dhawan, scored a gritty 57 before getting out caught by Babar Azam at covers off a Wahab Riaz delivery. On the other side, Rohit continued his onslaught and stitched a 98-run partnership with skipper Virat Kohli.
While trying to boost the run rate, Rohit fell to Wahaz Riaz at short fine leg playing a paddled sweep off a Hasan Ali delivery. But he already had done the damage. Though wickets fell at regular intervals for India after this, the run machine helped India cross the 300-run mark comfortably. Kohli got out at 77 to Mohammad Amir.
For Pakistan, pace spearhead Mohammad Amir was exceptional with the ball and ended with the figures of 3/47
Brief scorecard: India 336-5 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 140, Virat Kohli 77, Mohammad Amir 3/47, Wahab Riaz 1/71)