CT17: Kohli showers praising words on Yuvi, Pandya after defeating Pakistan

Kohli and Yuvraj stood out in an all-round batting effort, propelling India to 319 for three after rain halted proceedings twice.

Jadeja gathered the ball at point and threw in one movement, directly hitting the stumps with the batsman far away. The skipper said that they have made a decision to play aggressimavely to keep the run rate high as match was playing under the shadow of rain. But we'll bounce back from it. We're trying every day.

"I could not get the big ones because it was tricky", the 28-year-old said of the sluggish phase.

"We took the momentum we had from the practice games into this match".

Completely pleased, skipper Virat Kohli hailed the show as "clinical" and said the short nature of the tournament means they have to be at their best always.

When asked about the inclusion of an extra seamer in the squad for Sunday's game, Kohli said, "We chose to play an extra seamer against Pakistan purely because of the fact that it becomes a wicket taking option".

"I thought we all batted really well".

"Skill-wise we were clinical, in the field is something we can improve on".

Not just the big defeat, there were also concerns in the Pakistani camp over the fitness of several players like Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.

"I don't know why they're cramping".

"Honestly, I don't think I have any pressure because I have been playing regularly". Wahab Riaz was once the spearhead of this bowling attack but his performance was a major let down on such an important occasion. "He went through a fitness test; he was declared fully fit", Arthur said. Okay? He performed poorly today.

Yuvraj was selected in the U-19 squad back in 2000 when he turned out to be the star performer of the tournament.

"We talk about setting the tone upfront", Arthur said.

"So sometimes it works out".

Pandya had a good outing with the ball too, taking 2 for 43 in eight nippy overs, snuffing out the last bit of Pakistan's resistance with the wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed, the captain, and Wasim.

India's top four batsmen helped themselves to half-centuries, but none of them looked as fluent as Yuvraj, whose quickfire 53 off 32 balls enhanced his reputation as one of the sweetest timers of the ball. Earlier, put in to bat first, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a flawless start as not only did they blast half-centuries each, but also went on to stitch a huge 136-run stand, thus making them the most successful opening pair in the history of the eight-team marquee event.

  • Julie Sanders