- India bowled out Pakistan for just 164 to defeat them by 124 runs as they chased India’s 319
- Yuvraj Singh was adjudged man of the match for his quick fire 53 runs off 32 balls
- Umesh Yadav picked up 3 and Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja picked up 2 wickets each
India whooped Pakistan by 124 runs to win their first match of the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston. An appalling performance by the Pakistan team saw them succumb to a humiliating and shameful performance at the hands of the clearly superior Indian team. India toyed with Pakistan in a one-sided ICC Champions Trophy 2017 contest. Billed as the biggest sporting rivalry in the world both the teams took the field in front of a packed stadium who were joined by a billion people watching on TV.
Pakistan started the match well with pacer Mohammad Amir bowling a couple of good overs troubling openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.Both the Indian openers got off to a cautious and safe start setting a strong platform from India before rain paused played. The rain seemed to be determined to play a spoilsport but after a couple of delays play finally got underway. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma both soon got into their groove setting up a 136 runs partnership which saw some exquisite batting from both the players. Explosive batting by the Indian captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh saw India race to a total of 319 runs.
Given a huge target to chase of 289 runs from 41 overs Pakistan never looked in the game from the first ball as the Indian ballers continuously troubled them with their superb line and length. The Pakistan batsman played worse than a school team and their batsman looked like toddlers who had just learned how to walk. Losing their last 5 wickets for a measly 50 runs the Pakistan side collapsed for just 164 runs handing India a win by 124 runs by the D/L method.
Yuvraj Singh was adjudged the man of the match for his wonderful innings of 52 runs off just 32 balls. This was the perfect start for India who began their title defense at ICC Champions Trophy in emphatic fashion. India next takes on Sri Lanka in their second match of Group B on June 8 at the Oval.