Well, Virat is Virat (huge), his century was yet another establishment. 3 centuries, in the 2 hard months, on the same ground is something to cherish about. After being dropped initially in the deep and then by the wicket keeper, he made full use of the chances he was given and scored 107 runs. After setting a base for power strike, they initialized a thoughtful and proactive hitting on the inexperienced Pakistani bowlers.
Soon after Dhawan was run out, Raina came in and started the onslaught scoring a speedy, 56-ball, 74 runs. The lower order disappointed a bit, with Dhoni and Jadeja, not being able to frequently send the cherry to the Blue Army in the stands.
Pakistani bowlers haven’t been able to leave an impression, so far. Though it’s too early to judge, but the drop in pitches won’t help the cause either. Of all Wahab Riaz stood out, with an economy rate of 4.9 runs per over. He bowled with good pace, disciplined line and lengths. Complementing his partner, Sohail was the star for Pakistan with the ball, scalping 5 of the 7 wickets of the Indian batting line up. Initially they were brilliant in the field, but slowly the heat of Australia got to them.
For Pakistan, it was the same story again, the captain, Misbah-ul-Haq, stranded in the middle of a cricket field. The lone ranger who kept his mind while others around him kept losing theirs. The man gave a close fight to Kohli for the Man of the Match trophy.
Chasing the target of 300, the Pakistani openers failed to provide a sound or a solid start. Younis Khan fell to a well-directed and sharply rising bouncer by Mohammed Shami. Then in came Haris Sohail, who along with Ahmed Shehzad, decide to go after anything coming in their arc.