If there is one puzzle Pakistan cannot crack, it’s how to beat India in a World Cup. Year after year, edition after edition, they enter the tournament believing they can do it, but fail to channel that belief on the ground. The pattern which began way back in Brisbane in 1992, continued at Manchester in 2019 with a ruthless India crushing Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS method) to maintain their spotless World Cup record.

Rohit Sharma led a relentless Indian attack on Pakistan with a 24th century, once again underlying his worth at the top of the order. Rohit’s knock, couple by Virat Kohli‘s astute half-century and KL Rahul‘s determined 57, laid the foundation for India’s 336 for 5 – their highest total against Pakistan across seven World Cups meeting. Chasing a steep target, Pakistan simply never looked to be in it. Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam led Pakistan’s fight with a 104-run stand despite playing slow. But once it was broken, Pakistan imploded.