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ICC Champions Trophy 2017, India vs Pakistan: India thrash Pakistan by 124 runs in rain-marred match

India decimated arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L method) in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener in Birmingham on Sunday.
AP Birmingham June 05, 2017 0:19 IST

India thrashed arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method on Sunday to go top of Group B in the ICC Champions Trophy. Allrounder Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes at the start of his team's last over as India let rip to reach 319/3 from 48 overs after being put into bat at a rain-hit Edgbaston. 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.

It was surprisingly easy for India. Opener Rohit Sharma top-scored with 91 off 119 before being run out and captain Virat Kohli was 81 not out off 68, with six fours and three sixes. Shikhar Dhawan scored 68 off 65, while an impatient Yuvraj Singh hit eight fours and one six in a 32-ball 53 to hurry the innings along when needed.

Pakistan were unable to cope with Ravindra Jadeja's bowling (2/43, including Azhar Ali and Hafeez) and his brilliant fielding, including the important wicket of Shoaib Malik, run out for 15. Jadeja gathered the ball and threw in one movement, directly hitting the stumps with the batsman far away. Umesh Yadav took 3/30, including the last two wickets.

Pakistan's target at the start of their innings was 324 runs in 48 overs under the Duckworth-Lewis method, but this became 289 in 41 after play was again interrupted by rain.

Defending champion India effectively put the game out of reach for a poor Pakistan batting lineup by hitting 72 runs in the last four overs, with Pandya ending on 20 off six deliveries after being promoted up the order. Most of that 20 came during a costly 23-run last over for Imad Wasim (0/66), making it an even bigger challenge for Pakistan.

India had seemed to slumber in the middle of their innings after reaching 136/0 but a key 93-run partnership in less than 10 overs came from Kohli and Yuvraj for the third wicket.

Three-time semifinalist Pakistan chose to bowl but their fielding often let the team down, including Kohli being dropped by substitute Fakhar Zaman on 43 off Wahab Riaz.

A minute's silence was held before the match for the victims of the London Bridge attacks on Saturday night, amid heavy security at the West Midlands ground.

Top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka are also in Group B.