ICC Champions Trophy: India annihilate arch-rivals Pakistan at Birmingham

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ICC Champions Trophy: India annihilate arch-rivals Pakistan at Birmingham

June 5 (NL Web Desk): India defeated arch-rivals Pakistan by a whopping 124 runs (Duckworth-Lewis method) in a rain-truncated Group B ICC Champions Trophy tie at Edgbaston, Birmingham, Sunday.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and asked India to bat first. The Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got off to a cautious start but slowly got into the groove, upping the run rate despite rains stopping play within an hour from the start of play.
Dhawan was the first wicket to fall for the “Men in Blue” after he mistimed a full-toss to the fielder at the rope. After Dhawan fell for 68, Kohli joined Rohit at the crease and kept the scorecard trickling with the odd boundary coming now and then.
Yuvraj came to the middle after Rohit was run-out for 91 and began to effortlessly stroke the ball to all corners of the park as he raced off to his fifty in just 29 balls and was eventually out for a 32-ball 53.
The match was reduced to 48 overs a side after a string of disruptions due to rain. And it was Hardik Pandya, promoted up the order and ahead of MS Dhoni, who clobbered three sixes off the first three deliveries of the 48th over to take India past the 300-run mark while skipper Virat Kohli finished off things with a boundary to help India reach 319 runs losing 3 wickets. While Kohli remained unbeaten on 81, Pandya made a breezy 6-ball 20 not-out.
Pakistan were given a revised target of 289 in 41 overs following more rain-induced disruptions. In reply, the Pakistani innings folded up for 164 runs in 33.4 overs to give India another sweet victory against the archrivals in an ICC tournament. Azhar Ali was the only batsmen who showed some resistance against the Indian bowlers, making 50 while Mohammad Hafiz added 33 runs to the team total.
Umesh Yadav was the pick of the Indian bowlers claiming three wickets for 30 runs while Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja picked two each and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took one.
Yuvraj Singh was named Man of the Match.
India play Sri Lanka in their second group match on Thursday.

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