CT 2017: India thrash Pakistan in rain-interrupted tie

CT 2017: India thrash Pakistan in rain-interrupted tie

Further rain interruptions forced the match officials to revise the target to 324 runs off 48 overs according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Pakistan, rarely up with the stiff run-rate, finished on 164 for nine, with injured last man Wahab Riaz unable to bat as India won with 44 balls to spare.

The chairman PCB emphasized on the fact that India has improved a lot and has left Pakistan behind in a standard of the game, but also added that PCB is also working to help players adopt 21st-century cricket. And then when we leave the dressing room it will all be done and we'll be thinking firmly of coming back and beating South Africa. "As a Pakistani supporter, the drab show was a painful watch indeed as India once again proved that it has a stranglehold over its neighbor that it is in no mood to relinquish", Afridi wrote in a column for the ICC.

Earlier, put in to bat first, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a ideal 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.

Mohammad Amir was the pick of Pakistan's attack with none for 32 in 8.1 overs. "And it's a reality check of where we are in our one-day cricket at the moment", ESPNcricinfo quoted Arthur as saying.

Sharma was fortunate when, on 21, he edged Amir just beyond a diving Azhar Ali at slip for four.

Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy  AFP
Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy AFP

Fast bowling has been their strength but losing Wahab Riaz is not something Pakistan would be amused with.

Eyeing what would have been his 11th ODI hundred, Rohit was run out when he just failed to beat Babar Azam's throw to wicket-keeper Sarfraz after Kohli's call for a tight single. He got out for a brilliant 91 off 119 balls with 7 fours and 2 huge sixes.

It might all have been so different had Pakistan not dropped two relatively straightforward catches when Yuvraj was on eight and Kohli on 43.

When Hardik Pandya saw Sarfraz Ahmed handing the ball to Imad Wasim to bowl the final over on the Indian innings at Edgbaston on Sunday, he knew he "could go for it".

New batsman Shoaib Malik did loft Jadeja for a straight six. Pakistan can learn from Indian cricket.

Umesh Yadav (three for 30) ended the match when Hasan fell for a duck. Umesh Yadav took 3 wickets, Pandya and Jadeja took 2 wickets each and Bhuvneshwar took a wicket as well.

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