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India began their title defence at ICC Champions Trophy with a 124-run win by D/L method over Pakistan in their first game of the Champions Trophy 2017. India bowlers took nine Pakistan wickets for 164 runs to complete the win as Wahab did not come out to bat. Umesh Yadav took three wickets while Pandya and Jadeja took two wickets each. Earlier, India were invited to bat first by Pakistan and after a slow start, openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan put on 136-run stand before Dhawan was dismissed for 68. Then Kohli took over and with Rohit carried on the innings. The Indian innings was interrupted twice but Rohit looked good for a hundred. Unfortunately, he was run-out for 91 as his bat remained in air, even though he had made it to his crease. But Yuvraj then rolled back years and smashed 53 runs off 32 balls to take India closer to 300 before he was dimissed. Kohli, who had struggled throughout for timing, suddenly looked marvelous. He remained unbeaten on 81. Hardik Pandya hit three six in the final over as India posted 319/3 in 48 overs.
India vs Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy 2017
All over! India win the match as Hasan Ali chips it to mid-wicket. Wahab won’t come out to bat and that gives India a 124-run win! They start the Champions Trophy with a win
11:24 pm: WICKET! Amir slaps it straight to cover fielder where Jadhav takes the catch. India need two more wickets
11:16 pm: Dropped! Kedar Jadhav has put down a dolly at covers. It went high in the air but Jadhav let it slop through his hands
Toss: Pakistan won the toss, elected to field against India in Edgbaston
Playing XI for Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali
11:09 pm: WICKET! Okay, this is it then. Sarfraz Ahmed knicks it to MS Dhoni off Pandya. Pakistan are no where near winning this now
11:02 pm: WICKET! Imad Wasim gone now. Hardik Pandya gets his first wicket. A bit short and Imad slaps it straight to covers. Pakistan lose 6th wicket
10:57 pm: WICKET! Another wicket for Jadeja. This time Hafeez sweeps and it goes up in the air. Bhuvneshwar Kumar at deep square-leg hangs on to the catch!
10:54 pm: End of the 26th over and Pakistan are 131 for the loss of four wickets. They need 158 more runs from 90 balls
10:43 pm: WICKET! A stunning direct-hit from Ravindra Jadeja to run-out Shoaib Malik. Jadeja was moving towards his left and threw it in motion
10:38 pm: Six! Shoaib Malik comes down the ground and hits it over the fence! Big shot. Need a new ball
10:35 pm: This is going to be a tough one from here for Pakistan. Shoaib Malik and Hafeez are two of the most experienced batsmen but can they help Pakistan win this?
10:27 pm: WICKET! Jadeja has broken the stand. Azhar Ali pulls it straight to deep square-leg where Pandya takes a good catch.
10:15 pm: Pakistan moving on slowly in this chase. After 17 overs, 79 for the loss of two wickets. Pandya to continue for India
10:08 pm: 15 overs gone in Pakistan innings and they are 67 for the loss of two wickets. They need to score some quick runs and keep a check on the asking rate
10:00 pm: Dropped! Bhuvneshwar Kumar runs in from long-on but fails to take the catch. It was difficult but should have been taken
9:56 pm: WICKET! Babar Azam is caught at point! Jadeja with a good catch and Umesh gets the wicket! Short and wide and Babar cuts it but cannot keep it on the ground. Straight to the fielder.
9:45 pm: Azhar Ali is handling the pressure nicely. He is playing his shots and has some luck with him as well.
9:35 pm: Wicket! Ahmed Shehzad is given LBW off Bhuvneshwar, Pakistan lose their first wicket for 47. India need some more now
9:32 pm: A mix-up and another close shave for Pakistan. Azhar Ali pushes off the last ball of Bumrah’s over and goes for the single. The throw was on and batsman wasn’t in the frame. A direct hit would have done it but the throw was completely off target
9:28 pm: Azhar Ali moves forward at Bhuvneshwar but the ball is an absolute cracker, rises on the right hander and goes through to Dhoni behind the stumps
9:24 pm: Pakistan not taking too many risks and Azhar Ali had a close shave when Bumrah’s third ball of the sixth over whistled past his outside edge. Azhar then gets a four off the last ball and so, Pakistan now need 262 to win from 35 overs
9:16 pm: Pakistan have to now chase 289 in 41 overs. Shehzad and Azhar back at the crease, Bhuvneshwar finishes his over
9:11 pm: Word from the middle is that rains have stopped and play is expected to resume at 9:25 pm
8:52 pm: Once again, the players are off the field. Heavy rain in Birmingham
8:48 pm: Pakistan have done well so far in this chase. They are 21 for no loss after 4 overs. Bhuvneshwar to continue. India need early wickets
8:40 pm: Two overs gone and Pakistan are 10 for no loss. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will continue for India. Azhar on strike
8:33 pm: Azhar times it well towards midwicket as they run two quick runs. After the first over, Pakistan have scored four runs. Some swing for Bhuvneshwar Kumar
8:31 pm: Pakistan begin their chase of 324 runs with Ahmed Shezad and Azhar Ali. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will begin with the new ball for India.
Pakistan need to chase 324 in 48 overs to win this game against India as the target has been revised.
8:03 pm: Kohli with a stunning finish! Four through covers. India finish with 319 for the loss of three wickets. Kohli remains unbeaten on 81. But’s it’s raining!
India were brilliant with the bat. Great foundation at the top and power at the back end. Pakistan need someone to make a big 💯🏏
8:01 pm: Review, Pakistan think they have Pandya in front and take a review. It shows umpire’s call on hitting wickets. Not out. It’s drizzling hard. Sarfraz is asking the umpires to call off but two balls remaining in the innings.
8:00 pm: Make it three, Pandya shuffles across and sends it over midwicket. Stunning strike. India are 314 for the loss of three wickets.
7:59 pm: Six and six! Hardik Pandya starts the final over with consecutive sixes. First over covers, second over long-off. Imad Wasim under pressure now
7:56 pm: Stunning shot from Kohli over covers! And it has sailed for a big six. Full pitched and Kohli gets under it. What. A. SHOT.
7:52 pm: Yuvraj Singh has to go back after being leg-before wicket! Hardik Pandya is the new man in with 10 balls remaining
7:52 pm: Review! Pakistan’s appeal for leg-before. Erasmus says not out. They are reviewing it. There is no bat involved in this. Looks out. No bat, the impact is in line and it is hitting wickets as well. Yuvraj Singh has to go.
7:49 pm: Wahab is walking off the field as well. This is serious worry for Pakistan. First Amir, now Wahab. Imad Wasim to finish the over
7:46 pm: FIFTY! What a stunning innings from Yuvraj Singh! He reaches his half-century off just 29 balls. Superb innings
7:44 pm: Four and four! Kohli starts the new over with two boundaries. First through third-man region, then over mid-wicket
7:43 pm: Brilliant from Kohli and Yuvraj Singh as they take 17 runs from the 45th over. India are 264/2 after 45. Three overs remaining
7:41 pm: FIFTY! Virat Kohli finally connects! And sends it for a six over long-on. Brings up his half-century. India need more boundaries.
7:38 pm: Dropped! Another catch put down by Pakistan. Kohli mistimes a pull shot, Fakhar runs in from square-leg fence and dives but fails to hold on
7:33 pm: Amir is having a bit of a problem with his leg. He is down on the ground and the physio is attending him. Looks in pain. And he is going off the field. Limping
7:30 pm: Yuvraj Singh is on song in Edgbaston. Stunning pull shot from him over fine-leg for six. India 242 for the loss of two wickets after 43 overs
7:26 pm: India 230/2 after 42 overs – Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli need to shift gears as India eye final flourish against Pakistan. six overs remaining
7:18 pm: India are 213 for the loss of two wickets after 40 overs. Eight overs remaining. Yuvraj Singh and Kohli at the crease
7:13 pm: DROPPED! Hasan Ali has dropped Yuvraj Singh at long-off. Yuvraj fails to read the googly and tries to go for the big shot, mistimes. Hasan runs in but fails to grab on to the catch
7:00 pm: WICKET! An unlucky dismissal and against the run of play. Pakistan have run-out Rohit Sharma for 91. He was in but the bat was in the air as he dived. Third umpire calls it out.
6:54 pm: Four and a six from Rohit Sharma! Boundary after a long time for India. Fifty partnership up between Kohli and Rohit. Can they guide India to a big total in 48 overs?
6:47 pm: India 174/1 after 34 overs – After the revised playing conditions, India need to re-think their strategy. They need quick runs. 14 overs remaining in the innings.
6:43 om: Match has been further reduced to 48 overs per side. Three overs to bowl 10 overs each and two bowlers can bowl nine overs each.
6:35 pm: Word from the middle is that the match has been reduced to 49 overs. It seemed like both teams were ready to make their way in the middle when it starts drizzling again
05:58 pm: India 173/1 after 33.1 overs – Rain interrupts the game again! Covers come back. Players go off. Virat Kohli on 24* and Rohit on 77*
05:51 pm: India 171/1 after 32 overs – Only 10 runs from the last three overs for India. Pakistan pacers have slowed things down in the middle. Kohli and Rohit at the crease for India
05:43 pm: India 162/1 after 30 overs – Mohammad Amir returns and he gives only one run in that over. Rohit one again not interested in playing any risky shots. Another change in bowling and it is Hasan Ali who is back
05:39 pm: India 161/1 after 29 overs – Four runs from Shadab’s over. Think Sarfraz missed a trick here. New batsman in he should have gone for a pacer and not the spinner. India fluent
05:33 pm: The scoring rate has dropped a little after the Dhawan wicket but Rohit is playing a superb innings. Kohli settling in slowly. Spinners in the attack for Pakistan
05:22 pm: WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan gone for 68. He has hit one straight to deep midwicket. What a sad end to a good innings. Full-toss, Dhawan comes down and slaps it, down the throat of the field. Finally a wicket for Pakistan
05:18 pm: Shoaib Malik and Shadab Khan bowling in tandem for Pakistan. They will look to contain the run flow but more importantly, they need wickets in quick time
05:11 pm: India 121/0 after 21 overs: What a start for India. Dhawan and Rohit have given them a perfect one. Pakistan turn to the experience of Shoaib Malik who will bowl the 22nd over
05:06 pm: FIFTY! Misfield allows a couple to Dhawan and he brings up his half-century. Some stunning shots in the over from the opener. India scoring at pace now
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 4, 2017
05:04 pm: India 103/0 after 19.3 overs: Consecutive boundaries from Dhawan. 100-run stand between Rohit and him. 100 up for India as well. Runs coming rather quickly now!
05:02 pm: FIFTY! Rohit Sharma gets a short one from Shadab Khan, he rocks back on the backfoot and sends it over midwicket for a six. Half-century for Rohit!
05:01 pm: Safe! Rohit sweeps from outside off and the ball goes up in the air. Shouts of catch but it will fall between the long-on and deep square-leg fielder. Some luck for Rohit
04:57 pm: India 87/0 after 18 overs: A good over from Wahab. Some tight line and length. Only three runs as he cramped the batsmen for room. Shadab to continue for Pakistan
4:55 pm: India 84/0 after 17 overs: Five singles in the Shadab over. India now scoring at five runs per over. This could be a tricky surface but anything close to or over 300 should be par for India
04:49 pm: India 69/0 after 15.3 overs: Bit of mix up between Dhawan and Rohit. Dhawan sent back Rohit, who was looking for a second run. He slips and then has to dive. The throw wasn’t so great!
Getting to 5/over now. Batsmen must have communicated what a good score is on this track. If India get 300 enough most days
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 4 June 2017
04:47 pm: 15 overs bowled in the Indian and they are scoring with a run-rate of 4.40 runs per over. Think they need a move on. Wahab Riaz will continue for Pakistan. 16th over
04:43 pm: Stunning cut shot from Rohit off the final ball of Wahab’s over but there is sweeper cover who will cut it off. India are 62 for no loss after 14 overs and Hassan will continue
04:33 pm: India are 55 for no loss after 12 overs. Rohit and Dhawan have picked up from where they left before the rain break. They are enjoying the atmosphere is the middle
04:28 pm: Hassin Ali bowls a no-ball. Free-hit for India. Rohit Sharma will be on strike. No change in the field. And Rohit picks it up on the full and sends it over long-on for a four! 50 up for India as well
04:20 pm: Players are back on the field! We will have play shortly. India need to build the innings again. Dhawan and Rohit batting for India
04:11 pm: The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. It’s a bit brighter as well in Birmingham. Umpires Dharmasena and Erasmus are out in the middle for inspection
04:05 pm: Some good news! The covers are coming off but the pitch is still covered. It will take some time before match again start again, given that rain stays away. Ground staff is removing the covers
03:55 pm: Still raining in Edgbaston! Even in the 2013 Champions Trophy match, rain played spoilsport but that match was completed and India were the winners
03:42 pm: The rain isn’t heavy but the interruption is still bad. Fans won’t like this. A good start to the match and it should have gone on
03:35 pm: Rain has stopped play in Edgbaston! Pitch under covers. India are 46 for no loss after 9.5 overs. Rohit batting on 25* and Dhawan is on 20*
03:30 pm: India are increasing their scoring rate. They are 32 for no loss after eight overs. First change in bowling from Pakistan as Hasan Ali replaces Mohammad Amir
03:22 pm: Just wide! First chance for Pakistan as Rohit opens the face of his bat and guides it through the slip cordon. A diving fielder but it is far from him
03:19 pm: Pakistan continue with Imad Wasim from one end. India are 15 for no loss after five overs. Big five overs of powerplay coming up for India
03:10 pm: Amir continues to bowl on a line outside off stump! Rohit happy to leave it as well. A slow start for India. They are five for no loss after three overs. Wasim to continue for Pakistan
Losing my voice again not a gr8 start of the day yet again ..but guess what Pak team won the toss & off to a great start…go green .. & win
— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) 4 June 2017
03:06 pm: A good start for Pakistan. Two runs and a wide in that over from Imad. India are three for no loss after two overs. Amir to continue for Pakistan
03:03 pm: Surprise! Spinner Imad Wasim to bowl the second over. Dhawan on strike, who cuts it and a poor fielding effort. Two runs for India and Dhawan
03:03 pm: Mohammad Amir starts with a maiden over. Most balls outside the off-stump which were left alone by Rohit. Some stares exchanged between the two
02:59 pm: Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are out in the middle. Mohammad Amir will bowl the first over. All set
— ICC (@ICC) 4 June 2017
02:56 pm: Done with the national anthems of both sides. Everyone is ready for live action in Birmingham. We are all set as well. Pakistan team in a huddle
02:52 pm: Players walk out to the middle for the national anthems. But before that, the Edgbaston will have a minute’s silence for the victims of London terror attacks.
— ICC (@ICC) 4 June 2017
Virat Kohli at toss: “It is a pretty good wicket, it will stay even. We need a complete performance to win a game of cricket, today is going to be no different. The preparations are like usual.”
02:40 pm: Mashesh Bhupati and wife Lara Dutta have the blue jerseys on!
— Mahesh Bhupathi (@Maheshbhupathi) 4 June 2017
Sarfraz Ahmed at toss: “It is a good pitch and won’t change much. India-Pakistan is a pressure game, hopefully we play as a free game. Our batting is much better”
02:35 pm: India Playing XI
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah
02:35 pm: Pakistan playing XI
Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sohaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali
02:32 pm: Ashwin, Shami, Karthik and Rahane are the four players to miss out in this game. Kohli says Pandya playing as an all-rounder. Jadeja the spinner
02:28 pm: Pakistan have won the toss and Sarfraz Ahmed elects to field. India will bat and Kohli says he doesn’t mind it