India began their defence of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 with a 124-run win over arch-rivals Pakistan in Birmingham. India posted 319/3 batting first before rain forced Pakistan’s target to be revised to 289 off 41 overs.
India began their title defence at ICC Champions Trophy with a 124-run win by D/L method over Pakistan in their first game of the Champions Trophy 2017. India bowlers took nine Pakistan wickets for 164 runs to complete the win as Wahab did not come out to bat. Umesh Yadav took three wickets while Pandya and Jadeja took two wickets each. Earlier, India were invited to bat first by Pakistan and after a slow start, openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put on 136-run stand before Dhawan was dismissed for 68. Then Kohli took over and with Rohit carried on the innings. The Indian innings was interrupted twice but Rohit looked good for a hundred. Unfortunately, he was run-out for 91 as his bat remained in air, even though he had made it to his crease. But Yuvraj then rolled back years and smashed 53 runs off 32 balls to take India closer to 300 before he was dimissed. Kohli, who had struggled throughout for timing, suddenly looked marvelous. He remained unbeaten on 81. Hardik Pandya hit three six in the final over as India posted 319/3 in 48 overs.
India vs Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2017
All over! India win the match as Hasan Ali chips it to mid-wicket. Wahab won’t come out to bat and that gives India a 124-run win! They start the Champions Trophy with a win
11:24 pm: WICKET! Amir slaps it straight to cover fielder where Jadhav takes the catch. India need two more wickets
11:16 pm: Dropped! Kedar Jadhav has put down a dolly at covers. It went high in the air but Jadhav let it slop through his hands.
India vs Pakistan, Champions Trophy: It feels great to deliver in such a big game, says Yuvraj Singh.