India cruised to a 124-run win over arch rivals Pakistan in a rain-curtailed match in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston. The match was one that was repeatedly interrupted by rains and in the end, Pakistan’s target of 319 to be made off 48 overs was reduced to 289 to made off 41 overs.India made 319 in 48 overs thanks to fifties from Virat Kohli (81*), Rohit Sharma (91), Shikhar Dhawan (68) and Yuvraj Singh (53) – and that target was recalculated to a 289-run target in 41 overs for Pakistan after rain interrupted play multiple times. In the end, they managed only 164 runs 33.4 overs (Wahab Riaz retired hurt and couldn’t return to bat). And there was no stopping Twitter as Indian fans came out and delivered burn after burn to their arch-rivals.Pakistan were given a good start to their innings by openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad. The two put up a 47 runs off 9 overs before Shehzad was caught leg before by Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Shehzad may have stood a chance had he gone for the review but he decided against it and accepted the umpire’s decision. His wicket was soon followed by that of Babar Azam by Umesh Yadav. Azhar Ali and Shoib Malik then stuck on for eight more overs before the former became the first to fall to Jadeja.Jadeja then effected the run-out of Malik through a brilliant fielding effort and Pakistan never truly recovered from there. When the wicket of Hasan Ali fell and the injured Wahab Riaz did not come out to bat, Pakistan were behind the target by 124 runs giving India a convincing win in their first match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma got India off to a flier in their innings. The two put up an opening partnership of 136 runs. Dhawan was the first to be dismissed after having made 68 runs. Rohit Sharma was then dismissed just nine runs short of his century. Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh then took the attack to the opposition after play was resumed following rains and the innings was curtailed to 48 overs.
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