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Pakistan are intimidated by Virat Kohli's India, says Waqar Younis
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Pakistan are intimidated by Virat Kohli's India, says Waqar Younis

Pace bowling legend Waqar Younis has admitted Pakistan are inferior to Virat Kohli-led India after his former side's timid show against the arch-rivals on Sunday at Old Trafford.

Sarfaraz Ahmed's men were decimated in a one-sided contest as India retained their unbeaten streak versus Pakistan in World Cups by winning the highly anticipated encounter with a margin of 89 runs under the DLS method.

India opener Rohit Sharma led his team's charge from the get-go as he smashed 140 off 113 deliveries to punish the Pakistan bowlers and help post a mammoth total of 336 for five in 50 overs.

Pakistan made a poor start to the innings losing Imam-ul-Haq early before Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman tried to repair the damage with a century stand.

However, the two settled batsmen were dismissed in quick succession sparking a collapse that dented Pakistan's progress, as they could ultimately manage 212 for six in pursuit of the rain-revised target of 302.

Waqar said Pakistan is too dependent on moments of individual brilliance lifting the spirit of the team unlike India, who are able to perform in pressure situations owing to the collective caliber of the side.

"In the last few years, there's been a massive difference India and Pakistan - and again it showed at Old Trafford on Sunday," Waqar said.

"Pakistan are still trying to rely on talent alone, while with India it's all about teamwork. They all know their roles, and they execute them superbly.

"We had good sides in the 1990s, but now I think this India team intimidates Pakistan."

'No real pace in the team except Wahab'

India's new-look opening pair of Sharma and KL Rahul provided a strong platform for latter batsmen to build upon as the duo added 136 runs for the first wicket.

The two batsmen were extra cautious while dealing with Mohammad Amir's bowling, whereas the rest of the Pakistan bowlers failed to pose any threat to India's batting line-up.

Waqar reserved special praise for Amir, who recently registered his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs in the game against Australia at Taunton.

"India have very classy batsmen, let's not forget. They wait for the bad ball, and didn't have to do much against the Pakistan attack given the inconsistency in the length," said Waqar.

"Mohammad Amir was the only one who created a bit of pressure by bowling a good length," the cricketer-turned-commentator said.

Waqar also lamented the fact that Pakistan had "no real pace" in their bowling arsenal except Wahab Riaz and suggested inducting young quick Mohammad Hasnain in the playing XI to challenge opponents.

Pakistan now face a steep task of triumphing in all of their remaining games to boast any chance of making to the semi-finals.