India showed the world why they are a better team against Pakistan. It was a team performance by India in the 4th match of the Champions Trophy at Edgbaston on Sunday.
India’s batsmen put up 319 runs on the scoreboard and then bowler rout Pakistan’s batting line up for just 164. This made India to win the match by 124 runs due to D/L method.
It was Pakistan who won the toss and opted to bowl first their decision was proved costly when Rohit Sharma and his opening Shikhar Dhawan went hammering the Pakistani pacers.
India openers put 136 runs for the first wicket. It was Shikhar Dhawan who was out to Shadab Khan for well made 68 runs from just 65 deliveries.
Then skipper Virat Kohli joined Rohit Sharma at the crease, Rohit continued playing his free flow and Kohli was getting into his groove at the other end.
After his partnership with Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit build another partnership with the skipper to take the innings through. Their partnership was looking good but the rain made the play to halt.
It was 48 overs aside when the play started. Rohit and Kohli started their innings and continued where they stopped. Their 56 runs partnership was looking good until Rohit was out in a unwanted fashion. He was run out for 91 runs. Unfortunately Hit man missed his well deserved hundred by 9 runs.
Then Yuvraj Singh jointed skipper Kohli. The middle order pillars took the charge and added some runs quick runs, which was the need of that hour.
In the partnership of 93 between Yuvi and Kohli, it was Yuvraj who started to play the role of aggressor. He hit some magnificent shots that reminded everyone of Vintage Yuvraj Singh. Virat Kohli too, didn’t back of for too long he also started hitting the Pakistani bowlers around the Edgbston Cricket Stadium.
It was Yuvraj Singh’s 59 runs from just 32 balls that gave India a perfect momentum to pile on the big score.
Later Yuvi was out to Hasan Ali and then came a big surprise; it was Hardik Pandya came up the order instead of MS Dhoni and Kedar Jhadav.
Hardik made sure that he didn’t disappoint his captain, Pandya hits 3 sixes in first 3 balls of Imad Wasim in the last over that took India to cross over the 300 run mark and then Virat Kohli finishes the innings with a boundary.
Virat was there unbeaten till the end. He scored 81 of just 68 balls. Kohli started off slow but he made up for the loss of deliveries in the end.
India posted a huge score of 319 in 48 overs, thanks to the top 4 who scored vital half centuries.
For Pakistan the target was revised to 324 in 48 overs.
Pakistan started off their chase pretty well; their openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad gave decent start.
While the openers were looking good, the rain gods interrupts the play again and the ground staff prepared for the covers yet again.
The play resumed and Pakistan target has been given a revised to 289 in 41 overs. The Pakistani openers continued from where they left before the break until Bhuneshwar Kumar gave India the first break through. Ahmed Shehzad was caught plumb in front for 12 runs.
Later Babar Azam joints Azhar Ali. But in form Azam goes after scoring just 8. He was caught brilliantly by Ravindra Jadeja at backward point.
Mohd Hafeez was the next batsman in for Pakistan. But he couldn’t get going in his innings, so as Azhar Ali was struggling for big hits.
In the 13th over Azhar Ali gets another chance, he was dropped by Bhuneshwar Kumar at long on.
Pakistan needed some big hits and the batsmen were hitting the boundaries but that’s wasn’t enough to chase down this big score.
However Azhar Ali and Mohd Hafeez added a 30 run partnership but that couldn’t last long for them. It was Ravindra Jadeja who picked Azhar Ali for 50 runs.
Then Pakistanis wanted experience of Shoaib Malik to counter this situation. Malik started off nicely but in decision in running cost him his wicket. It was Jadeja again in action, his deadly, flat rocket of a direct hit to the stumps gave India a price wicket of Malik.
Mohd Hafeez too didn’t last too long; he was again taken by star of the Indian team player Ravindra Jadeja. Professor was out for 33.
Then all the Pakistanis batsmen fell like a pack of cards. Pakistan’s captain Shafaraz Ahmed and Shadab Khan were only batsmen to reach a double digit score after Hafeez’s wicket. Rest didn’t contribute at all.
It was the Indian bowlers who wrapped up the Pakistani’s innings for just 164 in 33.4 overs. India won the match easily by 124 due to D/L method.
Yuvraj Singh was the man of the match for magnificent knock of 53 in just 32 balls.