Team India led by Virat Kohli registered their first victory in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after thrashing Pakistan by a huge margin, on Sunday. All of the first four batsmen of the Indian side passed 50 as the reigning champions racked up 319-3 from 48 overs.
Both of the openers set the tone for a day of Indian dominance with a 136-run opening stand. Devastating opener Shikhar Dhawan scored 68 while Rohit Sharma fell only 9 runs short from a century.
Afterwards, Kohli played a classy innings of 81 not out from 68 balls and Yuvraj Singh upped the tempo impressively with a brutal 32-ball 53.
After hailing a “massive win” for his side, Indian skipper Kohli initially praised Yuvraj Singh for producing a game-changing innings, hitting eight fours and a six as he capitalised on being dropped early in his innings.
“Yuvi came in and just took all the pressure off me. And the way he batted was the way only he can strike the ball, hitting low full tosses for fours and sixes, and even digging out yorkers for fours. It was outstanding,” said India’s skipper.
He further added, “I think that really deflated the opposition and that gave me a bit of time to settle in from the other end. When he got out, I took over. But I think his innings was a difference in the game.”
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com