India thrash hapless Pakistan in a rain hit encounter

Sports News, (England), June 5:- The ‘mauka- mauka’ scenario returned at Champions trophy as the defending champions India came with an all-round performance to defeat arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs through Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.  In what turned out to be a one-sided Champions Trophy encounter, India completely owned Pakistan at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground on Sunday.

Chasing a revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs, Pakistan were bundled out for 164 runs with Wahab Riaz not coming to bat because of an injury he sustained during India’s innings.

Except opener Azhar Ali, none of the Pakistani batters could stay for a long time at the crease and cope up with the pressure – of the target as well as of the Indian bowlers.

However, it seemed that Pakistan were making their way back to the game when veteran batsman Shoaib Malik came to the field and struck two boundaries and one six in quick intervals. But he too failed as he got run out cheaply for 15 runs. Pakistan was eventually bundled out for 164 for 9.

Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for India as he finished with the figures of three for 30 while Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya took two wickets each. Bhuvaneshwar Kumar also chipped in with a wicket.

Earlier, put in to bat first, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided India with a perfect start as not only did they blast half-centuries each, but also went on to stitch a huge 136-run stand, thus making them the most successful opening pair in the history of the eight-team marquee event.

Subsequently, skipper Virat Kohli (unbeaten at 81) and Yuvraj Singh (53) continued the good work put in by the openers as they too scored aggressive fifties to guide India past the 300-plus mark.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya (unbeaten at 20) added further woes to Pakistan as he rounded off India’s innings by blasting three sixes to help them reach 319-3.

Yuvraj was declared ‘Man of the Match’ for his brilliant batting performance.

The Kohli-led side will now lock horns against Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval in London on June 8.

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