Published: Sun, June 04, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India set huge target for Pakistan

ICC Champions Trophy 2017: India set huge target for Pakistan

Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh led a late surge to power India to a massive total of 319 for 3 from 48 overs against Pakistan, in a rain-curtailed match, at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, in Birmingham, on Sunday.

In the end, it was sheer delight to watch Pandya in his beast form as he hit three consecutive sixes in the last over by Imad Wasim.

India's batting was disrupted by heavy rain at 46 for 9.5 overs on Edgbaston pitch today in United Kingdom with Pakistan bowlers displaying their utmost intent to throttle runs by openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit.

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 300-plus mark.

Mohammad Amir was the pick of Pakistan's attack with none for 32 in 8.1 overs.

Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) laid the platform with an opening stand of 136 before Kohli and Yuvraj, to the delight of India fans in a capacity 25,000 crowd, teed off.

Wahab's day was summed up when he was unable to complete his ninth over after falling awkwardly in his delivery stride.

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According to the official schedule, the match will begin at 2:30pm Pakistan's local time.

When the breakthrough came, three balls from the halfway point, it was from a Shadab full toss which Dhawan redirected straight to midwicket.

India left out star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and experienced seamer Mohammad Shami from the side that launched their title defence in a 50-over tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global teams.

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

It was not surprising that Sarfraz Ahmed sent India in to bat after winning the toss under overcast conditions.

Yuvraj was a little iffy in the early part of his inning as Hasan Ali dropped a sitter off Shadab's wrong one.

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