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Bowlers set the stage in India’s victory over Pakistan today: Rohit Sharma

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma showered praise on the Indian bowling unit for orchestrating one of the most significant collapses in Pakistan’s ODI history, a key factor in India’s impressive seven-wicket victory in the World Cup match held at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

In the early stages of the match, Pakistan appeared to be cruising, with skipper Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq firmly established on the pitch. However, the Indian bowlers demonstrated their skill and determination, triggering Pakistan’s downfall from a seemingly comfortable 155/2 to a total of 191 runs.

Among the standout moments, Jasprit Bumrah’s off-cutter to dismiss the in-form Mohammad Rizwan left spectators in awe. Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj’s delivery that dismantled Babar Azam’s stumps and sent the bails flying was another highlight of the match.

In the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma praised the exceptional performance of the Indian bowlers, stating, “The bowlers today, as well, set the game for us. Restricting them to 190 was a great effort. It was not a 190 pitch. At one stage, we were looking at 280 or 290. Whoever gets the ball does the job for the team. We have got six individuals who can do the job. It cannot be everyone’s day every day. The person having a good day has to finish the job. My job as captain has to be important.”

Rohit also emphasized the importance of maintaining a balanced approach and not getting overly excited, considering the long and challenging nature of the World Cup campaign. He said, “I will keep my fingers crossed. We don’t want to get too excited and also not get too low as well. It is a long tournament, nine league games and then the semis and final. Just have to keep the balance and go forward. I have said it before, for us, it was an opposition [Pakistan] we wanted to play. Every opposition we come against they can beat you. We have to be good on that particular day. The past and future does not matter.”

Turning his attention to the match itself, Rohit Sharma’s superb form dismantled Pakistan’s renowned bowling attack. The Indian team delivered a dominating performance with both bat and ball in the marquee World Cup clash, ultimately securing a comprehensive seven-wicket victory. Pakistan posted a total of 191 runs in the first innings, which India comfortably chased down, with Rohit Sharma leading the way with his powerful 86, and Shreyas Iyer contributing a classic unbeaten 53.

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