India dominant over Pakistan once again

India dominant over Pakistan once again

Defending champions India have started the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with a huge win over arch rivals Pakistan in match four at Edgbaston, Birmingham. India are victorious by 124 runs (D/L).

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.

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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.

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 were set a target of 324 runs in 48 overs. But a rain interruption came when Pakistan were 22/0 in 4.5 overs. When the play resumed, the sun was out in Birmingham. A new target of 289 runs in 41 overs was set for Pakistan.

Pakistan were slow in their run-chase. Indian bowlers got the better of them too. 289 was too big for them. Azhar Ali made 50 runs off 65 balls with 6 fours at the top. Mohammad Hafeez contributed 33 off 43. None went hard at India which made the game easy for India.

Pakistan were allout in 164 runs in 33.4 overs. Wahab Riaz didn’t come out to bat due to injury. Umesh Yadav picked up three wickets for 30 runs in 7.4 overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja took two each. India won the game by 124 runs.

Brief scores:

India 319/3 in 48 overs (Rohit 91, Kohli 81*, Dhawan 65; Shadab 1/52)

Pakistan 164 allout in 33.4 overs (target 289 in 41) (Azhar 50; Umesh 3/30, Pandya 2/43, Jadeja 2/43)

Result: India won by 124 runs (D/L method)

Man of the Match: Yuvraj Singh (53)

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com