7.30pm: All over. Pakistan returned to the crease after a rain break needing a further 136 runs from five overs, an overall target of 302 from 40 overs. Naturally they did not even get close. India sealed the deal by 89 runs (Duckworth/Lewis Method) to make it seven wins from as many games against Pakistan in World Cups. The win also ensured their unbeaten streak at the 2019 World Cup stayed intact.
5.34pm: A second set of twin strikes. This time it’s Hardik Pandya. Mohammad Hafeez flicks well but finds Vijay Shankar, the lone fielder in the deep behind square. Shoaib Malik picks up his second duck on the trot. Plays with hands well away from the body and drags the ball back onto his stumps. At 129 for 5, you have to say it’s India all the way from here.
5.28pm: Twin strikes for Kuldeep Yadav who has bowled with impressive accuracy. Babar Azam the first to go, trying to push the ball through the off side. He was undone by the turn and the inside edge crashes into timber. Moments later Fakhar Zaman reaches out in front of him to play a flat sweep. The ball dipped a touch at the last minute and the edge ballooned up the fielder at short fine-leg. At 126 for 3 Pakistan have lost both well-set batsmen. Their strategy of taking the game deep and looking to make up in the end overs has not paid off on the day.
5.05pm: Fakhar Zaman played and missed plenty against Jasprit Bumrah early on. The angle of delivery tested the left-hand bat outside the off stump. But he was resolute in trying to weather the storm. When pace gave way to spin he shifted gears, scoring a controlled half-century to set up a platform for Pakistan.
4.40pm: At the end of 15 overs Pakistan are 64 for 1. The pitch hasn’t changed significantly since the first innings and the overhead conditions are better for batting, if anything. The major difference has been the length India’s bowlers have used. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were at least a yard fuller than Pakistan’s opening bowlers. There was however a scare for India when Bhuvneshwar left the field after bowling only 3.4 overs. He felt tightness in his left hamstring and was not going to bowl any further in the innings.
The bonus for India was Vijay Shankar. Coming on to complete Bhuvneshwar’s over, Vijay struck with his first ball. Full and straight, Imam-ul-Haq tried to play to leg and missed. Trapped in front. The batsmen chatted and briefly considered a review but wisely decided against it.
End of Indian innings: Not quite the final flourish that India wanted but they will definitely believe they have enough. 336 is a total this bowling attack should defend, flat pitch or not. Jasprit Bumrah will set the tone early on and the wrist spinners to apply the choke hold. All that’s left is for the weather to hold long enough to allow a full 50-over reply from Pakistan.
2.44pm: Kohli gone for 77 off 65. Tries to hook a short one from Amir and feathers a nick to the keeper. Even before the umpire can give it Kohli has walked. The interruption for rain certainly hasn’t helped India. But there is enough depth in the batting for one final push.
Incredibly Ultra Edge shows that there was no edge on the Kohli dismissal. The camera pans to the Indian dressing-room and Kohli is waving his bat frantically in the air to see if he can detect a creaking handle. He obviously heard a sound and that’s why he walked.
Rain interruption: The players leave the field and covers come on. Vijay Shankar given caught behind. Reviewed immediately. There’s no edge. Looks like the sound came from bat hitting ground. Decision reversed. Play suspended at 305 for 4 in 46.4 overs, 13.45 local time.
Play resumes at 2.39pm. No overs lost. India continue batting. Innings break has been shortened to 15 minutes. All efforts on to get in a full game here.
1.35pm: Pakistan’s bowling going from bad to worse. Feeding Kohli on his pads and he helps himself to boundary after boundary. Gets past 11000 ODI runs in only his 222nd innings. Considering Sachin Tendulkar took 276 innings to get there, this is a staggering rate of scoring. He wasn’t at his best early on, but still got to a half-century in 51 balls and then pressed on.
1.05pm: Rohit is killing it against the short ball. Silly of Pakistan to try and get him that way when he’s well set. And, just when he looked set to bat through Rohit tries to be too cute. The lap dab to the on side goes straight to the man at 45. Magnificent 140 from him though. Set things up perfectly for the middle and lower order to cash in.
12.31pm: And there it is. This has been special from Rohit Sharma. He was helped along early on when the fast bowlers bowled short to him. Feeding Rohit on his strength on a pitch that is a beauty for batting is never a good idea. Even when he starts slowly he usually makes you pay if he stays long enough. But, when he gets going instantly, he becomes a different beast altogether. A modern master of 50-over batting.
11.52am: Without playing a shot in anger Rahul has got to 43. Slowly but surely he has built this innings. Extremely circumspect to start with. But, he has flown under the radar and quietly accumulated runs in a crucial partnership.
11.30am: Rohit Sharma looking properly ominous here. Doesn’t help Pakistan that neither spinner has looked remotely threatening. The sun is also shining now. This could be a giant score and a long day in the field for Pakistan.
11.14am: After 10 overs India are 53 for no loss. Their best start of the tournament so far. In Shikhar Dhawan’s absence Rohit Sharma has pushed on. And, seeing that, Rahul has sealed one end up, protecting the partnership. There was one serious run out chance, Rahul declining a second and Rohit not realising it till late. But the throw was to the wrong end.
11.00am: Amir’s fourth over is done. He’s getting the ball to come back in to the right-hand bat off the pitch and some lovely shape away in the air. Just eight runs from his first four overs.
10.56am: Rohit Sharma has started carefully and slowly in the tournament so far. Here he has charged out of the blocks. First six of the innings, a magnificent pull well in front of square.
10.50am: Now this is seriously difficult for Pakistan. Amir receives his second warning for running on the pitch from Bruce Oxenford. One more infraction and he’s out of the attack.
10.46am: Mohammad Amir has received a first official warning for running on the danger area of the pitch. One more warning and then he is out of the attack for the rest of the innings.
10.45am: Weather holding for the moment. It’s cool and windy but as long as the rain stays away nobody will complain. The radar looks good for now although it’s safe to say it will rain at some stage.
10.35am: Mohammad Amir is spot on first over. KL Rahul, taking strike in his first innings as opener in the tournament is up to the task. Watchful but precise. Leaves well.