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IND vs PAK, World Cup 2019: 'Things can go haywire if you focus on this game with too much emotion', says Virat Kohli

India continued to maintain their winning streak at the World Cup as they defeated Pakistan for the seventh time by 89 runs (DLS). India registered their 3rd win of the tournament.


Virat Kohli

, AFP

India continued to maintain their winning streak at the World Cup as they defeated Pakistan for the seventh time by 89 runs (DLS). India registered their 3rd win of the tournament.

India had lost to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final, but on Sunday, India's all-round performance proved to be difficult for the neighbours. Kohli said his team did not approach the match with the same emotions as the fans and that helped.

"I think they outplayed us in the Champions Trophy final, but apart from that, we have played good cricket against them. If you focus on this game with too much emotion, things can go haywire. We never approach these games from the fans' atmosphere, but as cricketers, we need to be professional and understand what needs to be done on the field," Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

He even praised Hitman Rohit Sharma and his bowlers who set up the victory for India.

"The template has been really nice in the first three games till now - Rohit single-handedly winning us in the first game, a team effort in the second and today was Rohit's day again. You could say that to get to 330, you need a team effort, KL set a great foundation with Rohit and Rohit after getting to 70-75 is unstoppable and he showed again why he's such a good ODI player," Kohli said.

"It allowed me to play a certain kind of role and it allowed Hardik to come and explode in the end. It has worked till now, gives us a lot of solidity in the middle and it is a role that I am happy playing for the team. It is going really nicely at the moment. Kuldeep was brilliant, those guys were only trying to play him out.."

With 3 wins from 4 matches (1 no result because of rain), India are now seated at the third spot. After a 6-day break, India will take on Afghanistan on June 22.

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