ICC Champions Trophy: Wahab Riaz ruled out with ankle injury
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 09, 2017,
Jun 09, 2017, 0:29
As expected once again Pakistan-India match has created much hype and people across the World are eagerly waiting for fresh battle to start between the two archrivals at Edgbatson on Sunday as part of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
Another rain-break meant the match was reduced to 48 overs per side and with the Duckworth and Lewis method favouring the team batting second, India needed to move along quickly. Yuvraj smashed 53 off 32 balls.
"I got to know in the 46th over, when coach told me, 'You will be going next, go pad up.' Obviously, I padded up quickly and once I got my gloves, I went out straightaway because Yuvi paaji got out".
Kohli, who on Saturday had dismissed reports of a rift with India coach Anil Kumble, was equally contemptuous of Pakistan's attack during a blistering innings of 81 not out off just 68 balls that included six fours and three sixes.
He also pointed out that the move to give the new ball to Imad Wasim after the splendid maiden over bowled by Amir was a huge mistake, adding that deploying faster bowlers in the next few overs would have had a more significant impact. In the field we were still six. "It's a clinical performance from us and from the team's point of view, it is indeed a very big win". Once the openers were set, both Rohit and Shikhar started to accelerate and they made a wonderful opening stand of 136 runs in 24.3 overs.
Kohli said, "Quite delighted with all batsmen chipping in with runs". We have some richly experienced batsmen in Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfraz and Shoaib Malik, yet the problems of old - like lack of strike-rotation and dot balls came back to haunt us big time.
"After Yuvi got out I just chose to stay still and back the strokes that I have, a few connected and that's what happens in sports". Hardik Pandya played a punishing role and hit 20 runs of 6 balls to put up a stiff target. We went with four seamers purely because we're playing Pakistan.
"We'll have a good, hard chat tonight. Against other sides, we might use two spinners, depending on their strengths", he added.
Man of the Match Yuvraj was happy that he could capitalise on the chances offered by the Pakistanis. "Because that's what I think our players can do, and that's what I certainly believe our team can do".
Rohit Sharma's run out: Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan provided another solid start for India but the run-rate dipped after Dhawan fell for 68 in the 24th over. I always feel that in cricket, you need to back yourself and be confident.
It was only after he had been dropped on 43 that Kohli stepped on the gas and hit three sixes.
India will next play against Sri Lanka on June 8.