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India beat Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L) in blockbuster

Defending champions India prepare hard during the nets ahead of locking horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy opener.

Indian went for four seamers and one spinner and the strategy did pay off as the bowlers didn't disappoint their skipper. Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers, as he claimed 3 wickets in his eight overs while Hardik Pandya, who smashed 20 off six balls, was brilliant with the ball too, as he chipped in with two crucial wickets of Sarfraz Ahmed and Imad Wasim. (Source: AP)

Shoaib Malik, who is into his sixth Champions Trophy, was dismissed for 15, as Pakistan's middle collapsed saw them lose their second match against India in the history of the tournament. (Source: AP)

Ravindra Jadeja claimed two wickets as India take control over Pakistan. While chasing a total of 289 (revised), Pakistan lost way post the dismissal of Azhar Ali and are 159 for the loss of seven wickets.

Bhvneshwar Kumar strikes as he provides the much needed breakthrough. Pakistan lose Ahmed Shehzad after a brisk start with Shehzad and Azhar Ali partnership. (Source: AP)

Pakistan are off to a steady start with Azhar Ali (19) and Ahmed Shehzad (10) partnership. After seven overs, Pakistan are 32. They still need 257 from 33.5 overs to start their ICC Champions Trophy campaign on a winning note. (Source: AP)

Fifties by Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh and a cameo by Hardik Pandya boosted India's total to 319/3 after 48 overs. Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan claimed one wicket each. (Source: AP)

After missing the two warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh, Yuvraj Singh made sure that he makes his innings count as he scored 53 runs from 32 balls which included eight fours and one six. (Source: Reuters)

Pakistan striked back with Hasan Ali dismissing Yuvraj Singh. After the solid start Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma gave, Pakistan bowlers bowled brilliantly in the middle overs as they did manage to slow down the flow of runs. (Source: AP)

Pakistan strike back as Babar Azam does well to dismiss Rohit Sharma. Rohit was crusing to his 11th ODI hundred but fell nine runs short of reaching the triple figures. India are past 200 with 12 overs remaining .

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Virat Kohli has joined Rohit Sharma in the middle. Pakistan bowlers have managed to slow down the flow of runs after Shikhar Dhawan's wicket. They have scored 36 runs from eight overs. (Source: Reuters)

Pakistan strike back with Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal. However, the 136-run partnership between Dhawan and Rohit Sharma has provided a solid platform for the upcoming batsmen. Shadab Khan provided the much needed breakthrough as Azhar Ali completed the catch at deep to get rid of dangerous Dhawan. After 30 overs, India are 162/1, with Rohit and Virat Kohli in the middle. (Source: Reuters)

Rohit Dhawan (63) and Shikhar Dhawan have picked up pace after a slow start. The duo has taken India's score to 135 in 24 overs. In the history of the ICC Champions Trophy, they have now scored three hundred plus partnerships. (Source: Reuters)

Shikhar Dhawan continues with his aggressive approach as he brings up his fifty off 48 balls. India is on charge with Dhawan-Rohit Sharma partnership as they get past 100. This is third 100 plus partnership between the duo. (Source: Reuters)

'Hitman' Rohit Sharma brings up his 30th ODI fifty in style, hits a maximum off Shadab Khan. (Source: Reuters)

MS Dhoni fans ahead as they expect some firework by their superhero in the blockbuster clash. (Source: Reuters)

India was off to a brisk start with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma partnership. Covers will be coming off. (Express photo by Swapnil Mathur)

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Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have given a steady start to India. After invited to bat first, both openers were slow to start but then picked up pace. (Source: Reuters)

Rain interrupted the play when Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan provided a steady start. After 9.5 overs, Ithe duo has scored 46 runs. Even though rain stopped play, it could not hamper the enthusiasm of the fans.

Rohit Sharma had scored 25 runs before rain halted play in Birmingham.

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With two massive wins in the warm-up match, team India will feel the momentum on their side. (Source: AP)

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Sachin Tendulkar's fan Sudhir Kumar Chaudhary at Edgbaston for India vs Pakistan match. Tendulkar featured in six Champions Trophy (1998-2006), and has scored 441 runs in 16 matches. He is India's third highest run scorer. (Source: Reuters)

Prior to the start of the India versus Pakistan contest in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 at Edgbaston in Birmingham, a minute’s silence was observed in honour of the victims of the horrible London attacks at London Bridge and Borough Market. Both sets of players and fans in attendance observed the silence in impeccable fashion after saddening events overnight in the country’s capital. (Source: Reuters)

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Last time these two teams met in an ICC tournament, India emerged as winners and continued their unbeaten run against the arch-rivals in the World Cups. Pakistan's playing XI consists of Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali.

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The defending champions have entered with all their guns loaded. India has quite a similar squad of the previous edition. India's playing XI consists of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

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The much awaited clash between India and Pakistan is underway. Leading 2-1 head-to-head, Pakistan will look to continue their winning run while the Virat Kohli-led side will hope of leveling their score with the arch-rivals. Pakistan won the crucial toss and have put India to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan will open the batting for India. For Pakistan, Wahab Riaz will be leading their bowling attack. Who will emerge as the winner in today's match?

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Indian fans are all set for the big clash as the Virat Kohli-led side takes on Pakistan in their tournament opener.

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Their is plenty of support for the teams in their tournament opener. Pakistan lead 2-1 in head-to-head contest in the history of Champions Trophy.

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Captain Virat Kohli along with his team take refreshments after a rigorous session at the nets. (Source: Instagram)

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Yuvraj Singh warms up before the batting session during training. (Source: Instagram)

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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik and fielding coach R Sridhar fine tune some nuances of wicketkeeping. (Source: Twitter)

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Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni during training. (Source: Instagram)