India 319-3 vs Pakistan in rain-hit Champions Trophy match

Yet another India vs Pakistan contest turned out to be a one-sided affair as Virat Kohli's boys crushed Sarfraz Ahmed's team by 124 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in Edgbaston.

Kohli smashed a 68-delivery unbeaten 81 while Yuvraj played a scintillating knock of 53 off only 32 deliveries, helping India to win the game by 124 runs.

But fellow left-arm fast bowler Wahab was hugely expensive, his wicketless 8.4 overs costing 87 runs.

"We had everything under control in the Indian innings up to 40 overs, but then we lost the plot in the last eight and credit must go to the Indian batsmen", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. 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.

In reply, Pakistan finished on 164 all out in 33.4 overs - opener Azhar Ali's 50 off 65 balls and Mohammad Hafeez's 33 off 43 providing the only resistance - and rarely looked in the game.

"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 global teams. India finishes 319/3 in 48 overs. Apart from the top order, all-rounder Hardik Pandya's (20 runs in six balls) cameo at the end also allowed India post a challenging total.

There were quite a few outstanding performers for India with the bat. Where Pakistan were cowed by the occasion, India met it head on.

Their scoring was consistent but conservative until both men livened up as they approached their half-centuries, Sharma crossing the line with six off Shadab Khan and Dhawan close behind thanks to three successive fours off the wayward Wahab. I tried not to think of it as a big match as well, just take it as a normal game, an important game for India like any match we play.

India piled on 319 for three in their Champions Trophy opener against Pakistan, who turned in a ragged first-innings performance at Edgbaston. Umesh Yadav (3), Ravindra Jadeja (2) and Parthiv Pandya (2) wickets were grounded.

After defeating the neighbour country the Kohli briged is now all set to face Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval in London on June 8.

Bhajji opined that everything went according to the plan for Virat Kohli's men.

Yuvraj was a little iffy in the early part of his inning as Hasan Ali dropped a sitter off Shadab's wrong one. Captain Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stripped the Pakistan bowlers.

  • Julie Sanders