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Four fifties drive India to 319/3

Four fifties from top four Indian batsmen have helped India post 319/3 in 48 overs against arch-rivals Pakistan in match four of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Pakistan sent India to bat first after winning the toss. India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma were watchful at the start of the innings. Then came the rain at Edgbaston when India were 46/0 in 9.5 overs.

When the play restarted, the two openers stepped on the gas. They made 136-run stand in 24.3 overs. They hold the most number of century partnerships in Champions Trophy, 3. Dhawan brought up his fifty in 48 balls while Rohit was comparatively slow, whose 30th ODI half-century came in 71 balls.

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Dhawan fell to Shadab Khan for 68 runs off 65 deliveries hitting 6 fours and a six. Captain Virat Kohli came into the crease. He and Rohit a partnership going. The rain came again. India were 173/1 in 33.1 overs. The play was supposed to resume after half an hour and it was reduced to 49 overs per side. But rain arrived once again. After a while the play finally resumed and it was reduced to 48 overs-a-side.

Soon after the resumption, 56-run partnership ended in a run out. Unlucky Rohit had to go back being nine short of a ton. He played a magnificent knock of 91 runs from 119 balls including 7 fours and 2 sixes.

Kohli then had Yuvraj Singh with him. These two went hard after Pakistan bowling. Kohli, who made a silent start, reached his 48th fifty in 58 balls while devastating Yuvraj’s 52nd fifty came in just 29 balls. They made a brisk 93-run partnership for the third wicket. Yuvraj departed scoring 31-ball 53 smashing 8 fours and one six.

Kohli got set in the crease and helped India post a big total. The Indian captain smashed 81* off 68 balls. His innings included 6 fours and 3 sixes. India put 319/3 in 48 overs. The last over from Imad Wasim had 23 runs including Hardik Pandya’s hat-trick sixes. Shadab Khan and Hassan Ali were the wicket takers for Pakistan.

Pakistan need 324 runs to win according to DL method.

India 319/3 in 48 overs (Rohit 91, Kohli 81*, Dhawan 68; Shadab 1/52)

Watch Yuvraj Singh’s firing knock –

-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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