India's woes in the Super 8 are over, as it took an eight-wicket win over Pakistan.
Fans of India finally can breathe a sigh of relief, after breaking a seven-match losing streak in the Super 8 play. This win marks India's first victory in this round since the start of the IPL.
India fell behind initially but battled back, and it was a one-sided affair from there. In both games Pakistan looked outmatched. It secured the win with 18 balls remaining.
Pakistan would post the lowest total of any Super 8 result in this World Cup, as it seemed nerves got the best of them in this contest. They still have yet to beat India in a World Cup match.
India's Virat Kohli was named the man of the match, as he led the Indian team and all batsmen with 78 runs on the day.
Kohli talked about his spectacular match (via India Today):
"The key is to stay as calm as possible. In the last game I thought a bit too much. The idea it to play 10-15 overs and the team benefits from it. It's a slow wicket but better under lights. God's been kind."
There was uncertainty that India would fall victim to the Pakistanis after a dismal showing against Australia in the previous match. The Indians, however, were able to rebound in impressive fashion when they needed it.
This result bodes well for India's future in this World Cup, as this win should be a confidence booster going forward.
From here, India will go on to face South Africa, which should be a winnable match after seeing a strong performance against Pakistan.
The Pakistanis aren't so fortunate, as they get an Australian team that has been the class of their group thus far.
One streak has finally been broken; India can celebrate as it has recaptured hope in the Super 8. Pakistan, on the other hand, did not inspire any wishful thinking going forward.