Major takeaways from India's historic win over Pakistan in World Cup

India beat Pakistan by 89 runs via the DLS method in World Cup showdown between the arch-rivals in Manchester

Prime ministers' call ignored

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.

But many wondered why the Prime Minister's tweets were ignored by the current Pakistan side, led by Sarfaraz Ahmed, after he advised the team to bat first if they won the toss at Old Trafford.

Imran sent out a series of messages on Twitter to convey that Pakistan should elect to bat unless there was moisture on the pitch.

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. 


Rohit Sharma packs a punch

India's Rohit Sharma comes with a reputation of getting big hundreds and he did not disappoint with his second century of the tournament.

He started cautiously but soon gained momentum against a Pakistani attack that lacked sting apart from speedster Mohammed Amir.

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.


Virat Kohli's milestone

India captain Virat Kohli was leading from the front during the match.

He became the fastest batsman to reach the landmark total of 11,000 runs in one-day international cricket. 

Kohli reached the 11,000 mark in 222 innings -- beating the previous record held by compatriot Sachin Tendulkar who took 276 innings to rack up that total. 


Rahul proves potential

Rohit 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 136 runs. 

He opened the innings with Rohit Sharma and scored 57 runs before losing his wicket to Wahab Riaz. 


Amir holds his own

Mohammad Amir is a left-arm quick who has the responsibility of carrying a rich legacy of Pakistan pacemen.

Amir carried Pakistan's main threat against India with little support from the other end.

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.

Amir returned figures of 3-47 including skipper Virat Kohli's prized scalp.


Vijay Shankar joins elite list

Bhuvneshwar Kumar limped off in the fifth over of Pakistan's chase with a hamstring injury that sidelined him from the rest of the match. 

Vijay Shankar, completing Kumar's over, struck first ball when he had opener Imam-ul-Haq lbw for seven. 

He became fourth cricketer to take a wicket off his very first World Cup delivery.

Malachi Jones of Bermuda, former Australian cricketer Ian Harvey and Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan are the other cricketers to achieved this feat. 


Kuldeep Yadav spins a web

It was Kuldeep Yadav's left-arm wrist spin that proved key in India flattening the Pakistan batting by taking down their two top batsmen. 

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. 

Opener Fakhar Zaman was done in on another turner by Yadav, with fellow spinner Yuzvendra Chahal taking a simple catch at short fine leg. 


Fans add to the spectacle

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.

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.

But Pakistanis made their presence felt by cheering their team on with shouts of 'long live Pakistan'.

The fan of the day was a Pakistani supporter who turned up at Old Trafford riding a white horse.

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.