[caption id="attachment_857964" align="alignnone" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-857964" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/Kuldeep-Rohit_AFP.jpg" alt="Cricket World Cup 2019, live cricket score, IND vs PAK live score, ball by ball commentary, IND vs PAK, IND vs PAK live streaming, IND vs PAK scoreboard" width="628" height="355" /> While Rohit Sharma scored his second hundred in World Cup 2019, Kuldeep Yadav scalped two wickets as India beat Pakistan by 89 runs. @AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/India">India</a> beat <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/Pakistan">Pakistan</a> by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/news/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-ruthless-india-floor-pakistan-to-maintain-unbeaten-world-cup-streak-857926">89 runs via the DLS method</a> in Sunday's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/icc-cricket-world-cup-2019-200898/">World Cup</a> showdown between the arch rivals in Manchester. <p></p> <p></p>Here AFP Sport looks at the key aspects of a game that saw India improve their unbeaten World Cup run against Pakistan to 7-0. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Pakistan Prime Minister's call ignored</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Nobody ever dared to question Imran Khan's decisions when he captained Pakistan during an illustrious career that ended with World Cup triumph in 1992. <p></p> <p></p>But many wondered why the Prime Minister's tweets were ignored by the current Pakistan side, led by <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/sarfraz-ahmed/news/">Sarfraz Ahmed</a>, after he advised the team to bat first if they won the toss at Old Trafford. <p></p> <p></p>Imran sent out a series of messages on Twitter to convey that Pakistan should elect to bat unless there was moisture on the pitch. <p></p> <p></p>Sarfaraz can take refuge in the fact that even India captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/virat-kohli/news/">Virat Kohli</a> admitted he would have bowled first had he won the toss. <p></p> <p></p>But India's total of 336 was too much for Pakistan to chase and the big loss that followed left everyone pondering over Imran's advice. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Sharma packs a punch</strong> <p></p> <p></p>India's <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/rohit-sharma/news/">Rohit Sharma</a> comes with a reputation of getting big hundreds and he did not disappoint with his second century of the tournament. <p></p> <p></p>The opener nicknamed 'hitman' started cautiously but soon gained momentum against a Pakistani attack that lacked sting apart from speedster Mohammed Amir. <p></p> <p></p><strong>ALSO READ: <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/?p=857967">We did not hit right areas, concedes Sarfaraz as Kohli lauds Kuldeep-Rohit and team effort</a></strong> <p></p> <p></p>Sharma found excellent support from KL Rahul, who did not let India feel the absence of injured opener Shikhar Dhawan, as the duo put on 137 runs. <p></p> <p></p>Sharma's deft late cuts and some effortless hits, including a six at backward point off paceman Hasan Ali, brought back memories of the stroke-making of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. <p></p> <p></p>He was finally out while trying a paddle shot over short fine leg, but his 140-run knock, laced with 14 fours and 3 sixes, had put India in pole position. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Amir holds his own</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Mohammad Amir is a left-arm quick who has the responsibility of carrying a rich legacy of Pakistan pacemen. <p></p> <p></p>Amir has more often than not delivered on the big stage and once again he carried Pakistan's main threat against India with little support from the other end. <p></p> <p></p>He bowled fast and swung the white ball to trouble the Indian batsmen despite getting warned twice for running on to the pitch early in his spell. <p></p> <p></p>The 27-year-old, who spoke of taking inspiration from memories of his late mother who passed away in March, returned figures of 3-47 including skipper Virat Kohli's prized scalp. <p></p> <p></p>But the quick, who returned to the game after serving a four-year fixing ban in 2016, still ended up on the losing side. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Yadav spins a web</strong> <p></p> <p></p>Many pundits, including India legend Sunil Gavaskar, wanted fast bowler Mohammed Shami to make the Indian team in place of spinner <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/kuldeep-yadav/news/">Kuldeep Yadav</a> for the Pakistan game. <p></p> <p></p>But it was Yadav's left-arm wrist spin that proved key in India flattening the Pakistan batting by taking down their two top batsmen. <p></p> <p></p>He got Babar Azam bowled on a tossed up delivery around the off stump that turned sharply to rattle the stumps and deny the batsman his fifty. <p></p> <p></p>Opener Fakhar Zaman was done in on another turner by Yadav, with fellow spinner Yuzvendra Chahal taking a simple catch at short fine leg. <p></p> <p></p>Virat Kohli has often called his two wrist spinners "world class" and the 24-year-old Yadav justified his captain's faith with figures of 2-32 from his nine overs. <p></p> <p></p><strong>Fans add to the spectacle</strong> <p></p> <p></p>From 800,000 ticket applications for the Old Trafford showdown, 26,000 lucky fans from India and Pakistan filled the packed stadium and made the day their own with music and revelry. <p></p> <p></p>Blue remained the dominant colour in the Sunday blockbuster as chants of 'India, India' reverberated in the air and the Indian tri-colour fluttered at every boundary and wicket. <p></p> <p></p>But Pakistanis made their presence felt by cheering their team on with shouts of 'long live Pakistan'. <p></p> <p></p>The fan of the day was a Pakistani supporter who turned up at Old Trafford riding a white horse. <p></p> <p></p>Even the intermittent spells of rain did not dampen the spirits of the raucous crowd that added to the spectacle of a rivalry that drew an estimated television audience of over one billion.