Injured Wahab Riaz out of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 squad

India showed they mean business in this ICC Champions Trophy 2017, swatting away any worries of a possible "rift" between coach Anil Kumble and captain Virat Kohli by putting in a professional performance against Pakistan in their opening match of the tournament on Sunday.

After being asked to bat after losing the toss, India got off to a great start with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma piling up a 136 run partnership before the Shikhar was caught in deep off a full-toss from young leggie Shadab, that he could hit anywhere. Hardik Pandya who later came to power and finally, the first three balls hit six by him and scoreboard crossed 300.

His innings subsequently helped India to thrash Pakistan by 124 runs, as the score was revised by the Duckworth Lewis method after the match was delayed twice by intermittent drizzle.

Azher Ali with 50 and Mohammad Hafeez with 33 runs remained main scorer from Pakistan side.

Umesh Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers, taking three wickets and conceding 30 runs in 7.4 overs.

Having won all the world cup matches against the arch rivals Pakistan, the morale of the Indian side was rather high in the Champions Trophy match at Birmingham on Sunday. "He needed some runs under his belt", Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation. India finishes 319/3 in 48 overs.

Pak skipper Sarfaraz, before the game had said that Pakistan are ranked number 8 in the team rankings and have nothing to lose.

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar is happy with India's hammering 124-run victory over Pakistan.

"Everything was under control after 40 overs but we lost the plot in the last eight", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said.

Ali continued to battle on, top scoring for Pakistan with a steady 50 runs off 65 balls before being dismissed.

The 31-year-old left-arm quick suffered the setback while bowling during Pakistan's crushing 124-run defeat by title-holders India at Edgbaston on Sunday in what was the first match of the one-day global tournament for both the arch-rivals. He was well supported by Ravindra Jadeja and Pandya, who picked up two wickets each.

Sharma went 43 balls without a boundary in the face of tight Pakistan bowling before cover-driving and pulling Wahab for a four and a six off successive deliveries.

The duo went onto knit a partnership of 136 runs which gave India a flawless platform for an onslaught later in the innings. On the other end, Rohit, making his worldwide comeback, was playing a start and stop inning.

  • Julie Sanders