ICC Champions Trophy : India score 319 runs in 48 overs

Francis Osborne
June 6, 2017

Promising to be a thrilling encounter in Birmingham on June 4th, the game ended yet again as a one sided affair. The batsman who came under fire for having a place in the Indian team for the tournament looked really good and was able to strike the ball excellently.

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has hit out the side's heavy Champions Trophy defeat to India, criticising "abysmal fielding", "clueless" batting and Sarfraz Ahmed's leadership.

Celebrities such as Sachin Tendulkar and Ranvir Singh were also present inside the stadium.

Pakistan play South Africa in their next Group B match at the same venue on Wednesday.

A minute's silence was held before the first ball was bowled. Their fielders dropped several catches and their bowlers bowled poor length.

Pakistan made a decision to field first on winning the toss.

Apart from the manner of their surrender, Pakistan are also fretting on the fitness of fast bowlers Amir and Wahab. Captain Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stripped the Pakistan bowlers.

But there was no denying the way India rose to the occasion in front of a capacity crowd as they recorded their seventh straight win over Pakistan at an International Cricket Council global event.

Making the most of Pakistan's shoddy fielding, Yuvraj brought up his fifty off 29 balls.

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Hasan eventually had Yuvraj lbw on review but it was all too late.

Kohli took advantage of his reprieve with some majestic shots to all parts of the ground. Rohit, who was struggling initially, got to his half-century in the 19th over with a pull that went for a six at the mid-wicket.

Hardik Pandya joined Kohli at the crease for the last few overs as the pair continued to score quickly as the Indians posted 319-3 from their 48 overs with Kohli finishing 81 not out from 68 balls, while Pandya finished 20 not out from six balls. Virat hit a boundary off the final ball as India reached a mammoth total of 319-3.

Bowling: Amir 8.1-1-32-0; Wasim 9.1-0-66-0 (1w); Ali 10-0-70-1 (1nb); Riaz 8.4-0-87-0 (1nb, 1w); Shadab 10-0-52-1; Shoaib 2-0-10-0.

Yuvraj Singh is a beast in the Champions Trophy.

It was only after he had been dropped on 43 that Kohli stepped on the gas and hit three sixes.

Afridi said Pakistan had allowed Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to settle down and once that happened, it was hard to stop the duo. Because that's what I think our players can do. We don't run well enough between wickets.

Openers Azhar Ali (50) and Ahmed Shehzad (12) gave a solid start of 22 runs in 4.4 overs before rain appeared for yet another time in the game.

But then came yet another rain interruption. Union Sports Minister Vijay Goel has congratulated the Indian cricket team after they thrashed their arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs through Duckworth-Lewis method in the opening Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston in Birmingham last evening.

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