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India vs Pakistan: Hardik Pandya ending the all-rounder conversation in style

India vs Pakistan: Hardik Pandya ending the all-rounder conversation in style

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 at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground here on Sunday. The IPL winning captain added 56 runs for the 2nd wicket with Virat Kohli as India kept the scoreboard ticking without looking to score big before an unfortunate run out saw an end to Rohit's crucial 91 run knock.

They eventually returned with a revised target of 289 in 41 overs but barring a half-century from opener Azhar Ali, Pakistan struggled throughout their chase in Birmingham. Indian bowlers took nine Pakistan wickets for 164 runs to complete the win as Wahab Riaz did not come out to bat.

Azher Ali with 50 and Mohammad Hafeez with 33 runs remained main scorer from Pakistan side.

Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said that India's opening game against Pakistan in the ICC Champion's Trophy 2017 was nearly like a practice match for the former, while speaking about the same with India Today.

Yuvraj Singh (53 from 32 balls) added 93 in 56 balls with Kohli for the third wicket as the pair gave the innings an injection of boundaries.

Even frequent rain delays couldn't stop India's march to yet another convincing win over Pakistan. Shikhar Dhawan scored 68 from 65 balls with six fours and sixes.

India's Virat Kohli at the end of the innings.

The good thing for them though was that Azhar managed to show his class as he passed fifty before falling a couple of balls later as his side started to ball behind in the run rate.

Pakistan need to beat South Africa, the world's top-ranked ODI side, in their next Group B match at Edgbaston on Wednesday, if they are to have any chance of reaching the semi-finals of a tournament featuring cricket's leading eight teams in the format.

Earlier, India posted a mammoth 319 in 48 overs, courtesy a solid opening stand and then a late burst.

Sharma's 119-ball innings included two sixes and seven fours.

Jadeja displayed a brilliant piece of fielding to send Shoaib Malik back into the hut. Hardik Pandya played a punishing role and hit 20 runs of 6 balls to put up a stiff target.

The Indian batsmen were particularly brutal on Pakistan seamer Wahab Riaz, who went for 87 runs in 8.4 overs before limping off injured, the most expensive spell of five overs or more in Champions Trophy history.

Umesh Yadav (three for 30) ended the match when he dismissed tailender Hasan for a duck.


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