CT 2017 India vs Pakistan: India thumps Pak by 124 runs (D/L)
Birmingham: India won the one-sided game against Pakistan by 124 runs via D/L method. Pakistan was never in the game be it during its bowling or batting in the Champions Trophy match at Edgbaston stadium here on Sunday.
Indian bowling put a disciplined show owing to which Pakistan was bowled out at a total of 164 in 33.4 overs.
Umesh Yadav was the leading wicket-taker with bowling figures 3/30. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja also assisted Yadav picking two-wicket each.
Chasing the reduced total of 288 runs, Pakistan lost its first wicket in the form of Ahmed Shehzad (12) who was given leg-before-wicket to Bhuvi. Next to depart was Babar Azam who fall prey to Umesh.
Azhar Ali, however, played a decent 50-run knock but that was not enough for Men in Green. Shoaib Malik started his inning on a firey note but got run out by electrifying throw of Jadeja. He scored 15 off 9.
Hafeez, who was set, also failed to extend his knock and gifted his wicket at a score of 33.
Other Pakistani batsmen followed each other to their dressing room without contributing much for their side.
Yuvi was given Man of the Match for his crucial 53-run knock.
Earlier, India due to some insane hitting in the slog overs by skipper Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya’s much needed cameo powered India to post 319-run total in the rain-hit game against arch-rivals Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston stadium here on Sunday.
Pandya played a phenomenal cameo and hit three back-to-back sixes to Imad Wasim in the final over of India’s inning. He scored 20 off just six deliveries.
Virat, who struggled a bit in the start, hit Pakistani bowlers all around the park. He remained unbeaten at 81. His 68-ball knock was laced with six fours and three sixes.
Yuvraj’s 29-ball fifty is the second fastest for India against Pakistan in ODIs after Sehwag’s 26-ball fifty in Vizag in 2006. Yuvi’s 32-ball 53-run knock was studded with eight fours and one six.
Virat and Yuvraj shared 93-run stand.
After being put to bat, India got off to a great start as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma stitched solid 136-run partnership. Rohit got his form back in one of the most crucial games. Dhawan was extraordinary and played a knock of his fashion. His 65-ball 68-run inning was studded with six fours and one six.
Rohit stood by one side and scored runs on a continuous note. He fall prey to a run-out in an attempt to sneak a quick single and was dismissed when he was just nine runs behind his ton. The hit-man took 119 balls to play a watchful 91-run knock, laced with seven fours and two biggies.
The raingods played spoilsport two times in the game owing to which the game was reduced to 48 overs.
With not-so-good batting line-up, Men in Green need to chase down 319-run total to win the crucial contest.