Clinical India run over hapless Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy

India captain Virat Kohli hailed batsman Yuvraj Singh for his "game-changing" innings after they comfortably beat Pakistan in their Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston on Sunday.

The IPL winning captain added 56 runs for the 2nd wicket with Virat Kohli as India kept the scoreboard ticking without looking to score big before an unfortunate run out saw an end to Rohit's crucial 91 run knock. It was Hardik Pandya's cameo, 20 runs off just 6 deliveries, that served as the icing on the cake as he took Imad Wasim for three consecutive sixes in the final over. For Pakistan, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan bagged one wicket each. In the tenth over when India was batting, the match was interrupted due to rain once again in the 34th over also and the match was reduced to 48 overs.

The Pakistanis were off to a steady start thanks to openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad, who put together an opening stand of 47 runs in nine overs before pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck the first blow for India by trapping the latter leg before.

Umesh Yadav, although blundering numerous times in the field, took three wickets thanks to his speed.

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But Yuvraj's unbridled aggression lifted the pressure on Kohli, who accelerated towards the end to remain not out on 81 off 68 balls.

The pressure started building on the bowlers and fielders and, as a result, they dropped Yuvraj and Kohli in the process, which cost them hugely in the death overs. Yuvraj is in the team because he is a game changer.

While India were confident even heading into this game against Pakistan, there were a lot of questions about team selection.

"A scan has confirmed that Wahab Riaz suffered a deltoid ligament complex after an eversion injury mechanism whilst bowling during the India versus Pakistan match on June 4".

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.

"I felt like a club batter in front of Yuvi".

Then after Pakistan directed to 289 Runs in 41 overs. From there on the Pakistan batting line up went back to their hut in a procession.

"The worrying thing for me, and it has been for a period of time, is we just do the basics wrong", said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.

Mohammad Amir (0-32) was the most economical bowler for Pakistan, conceding an average of four runs an over.

  • Julie Sanders