India make 319-3 against Pakistan in Champions Trophy

Pakistan was unable to cope with Ravindra Jadeja's bowling (2-43, including Azhar Ali and Hafeez) and his brilliant fielding, including the important wicket of Shoaib Malik, run out for 15.

On the other hand, India's batting lineup had delivered tremendous performance, with Rohit Sharma scoring a massive 91 in 119 balls.

Kohli's unbeaten 81 hit all the right notes as India plundered 117 from their last 10 overs, 72 of which came from the final 24 deliveries, on their way to a winning score of 319 for three.

Shikhar Dhawan was the only batsmen to be dismissed, after having scored 68 off 65 balls.

When Yuvraj departed lbw to Hasan it led to another upping of the ante, Kohli unfurling some imperious strokes and Hardik Pandya (20no) launcing Imad for three sixes in as many balls in the final over.

His departure had freed India up for a run-feast, Yuvraj (53) and Kohli putting on 93 at nearly 10 an over as all notion of Pakistani discipline evaporated.

To add injury to insult, key seamers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz limped out of an already limited attack and the latter was unfit to bat, leaving his team 164 for nine at the close.

"We were in control for 40 overs but we lost the plot in the last eight overs", the wicket-keeper added after what was the opening Group B match for both the Asian giants in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide teams.

However, Pakistan let the initiative slip as Hasan Ali dropped Yuvraj Singh on 8 off Shadab Khan. He took the Edgbaston crowd off their feet with two sixes and seven boundaries. In the 46th over, things went horribly wrong for Pakistan as Kohli slammed two fours and a six and Yuvraj notched up his 52nd fifty off 29 balls and 12th against Pakistan. Although he made his ground with a dive, his bat was still in the air as wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed whipped off the bails from Babar Azam's throw. "It will be a great honour if team India wins the match against Pakistan", Sidhu said.

  • Julie Sanders