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Balle-Balle-leadIndia continued its winning streak against Pakistan by defeating them by 76 runs in the World cup match at Adelaide. The men in blue has achieved this feat for the six time in world cup as it remains unbeaten against arch-rivals Pakistan in world cup editions. Vice-captain Virat Kohli knock of 107 guided India to 300/7 which Pakistan failed to chase down, being bowled out for 224 in 47 overs. Fans were glued to their television sets since morning and were watching ball-by-ball update.

Kohli put up a 129 run second-wicket partnership with opener Shikhar Dhawan, who scored his individual 73, then went on to put up a third-wicket partnership of 110 runs Suresh Raina, who hit 74 runs off 56 deliveries that included five fours and three sixes.

Kohli’s century was the first by an Indian in those six World Cup encounters and took his impressive tally to 22 in one-day internationals, joint fourth on the all-time list with his former skipper Sourav Ganguly.

AV spoke to Mumbaikars to know about their reactions about the Indo-Pak match which is one of the important contests in the entire world cup tournament. Here is what they had to say

hanselHansel Gonsalves, software engineer from Goregaon (W) said, “Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan kept their cool at the crease and played shots responsibly even under immense pressure situation.”

colliceCollice Rodrigues, content writer and photographer from Mira Road (E) said, “The whole credit goes to the Indian team. This specific match builds a lot of pressure; it’s more of a war for these men. Virat did a lovely job and Misbah also played well but unfortunately the time has passed and we Indians are the winners.”

zoyaZoya Salim, photographer, Mira road (E) said, “We all are proud at this moment. Awesome game, well played. Virat Kohli is the first Indian batsman to score a century against Pakistan in the world cup and the previous record was held by Sachin Tendulkar.”

samkitSamkit Parikh, proprietor of Creative Line Computers, Dahisar (E) said, “Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Shikar Dhawan and Shami played well. They were well supported by the Indian fans who were eagerly looking forward for this match.”

reemaReema Ankush, customer service executive from Andheri (East) said, “Today’s hero was Virat Kohli, but I missed Sachin a lot. Pakistan can go back and fight for Kashmir again. #Back to reality #we won’t give it back.”

Maya Mishra from Vasai Road (West) said, “After 1992, Pakistan has never received the opportunity to burst firecrackers. We, Indians have maintained the record of winning against them.”

titusTitus D’sliva, Vice-principal of a school, Andheri (E) said, “It’s the Indians who were there watching the match and telling the team – GO India GO as if they were playing the World Cup Finals.”

sagarSagar Vora from Mira road (E) said, “The credit goes to the entire team. Cricket is not an individual game. It’s about team work where 11 players play for emerging victorious.”

roystonRoyston Pereira, Associate (Derivatives Operations Dept.) from Mira Road said, “Amazing innings by Virat Kohli and he was well supported by Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina. Also most importantly full marks to Mahendra Singh Dhoni who like always didn’t have the best bowling attack but smartly displayed the art of using his available resources efficiently and effectively.”

brendenBrenden Dcosta from Mira Road (E) said, “Kudos to M.S Dhoni and the entire team. It’s the hard work and routine practice that has led to such a great match winning performance. It’s a great feeling that they won the match that too against a country which is considered an enemy in all aspects. I am PROUD TO BE AN INDIAN.”

Statistics showed that Pakistan have never chased more than 262 successfully and India have always defended a total of 300 or more in the quadrennial event. Both teams allowed the records to continue.

Pakistan started their reply steadily before a three-wicket blitz in two overs at the halfway mark of the innings saw opener Ahmed Shehzad depart for 47 and reduced them to 103 for five.

Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq (76) and Shahid Afridi flirted with a match-changing partnership but once the latter departed for 22 and Wahab Riaz followed in the same over, Pakistan’s hopes of a first win over India in six World Cup attempts was gone.

Indian paceman Mohammad Shami grabbed four wickets as he and Umesh Yadav reduced the Pakistani batting line-up. Mohit Sharma, Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja also picked one wicket each.