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CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017: INDIA WHITEWASH PAKISTAN WITH EXPERIENCE

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The most awaited match of the Champions Trophy 2017 was played between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston. Pakistan won the toss and chose to field first. The defending champions  comfortably bowled Pakistan out of the game to register a win by 124 runs.

Also Read: 5 classic India-Pakistan ODI matches feat. Sachin, Kohli & Miandad

India batted first and posted a huge total of 319 runs in 48 overs despite periodic rain interruptions in the match, thanks to sensible knocks by the top order batsmen. Pakistan were made to chase a target of 289 in 41 overs revised by D/L method but showed poor batting performance and allowed India to start the Champions Trophy with a win.

HERE ARE THE TOP 5 TALKING POINTS FROM THE  MATCH.

INDIAN OPENERS SHOWED EXPERIENCE AND PROVIDED EXCELLENT START

The best opening pair  (Dhawan and Rohit) finally opened the Indian innings after a long time and didn’t disappoint. Pakistani bowlers also bowled brilliantly and created early pressure on both the openers. Pakistan slowed down the run rate but after the rain break (which delayed the game for half hour), the batsmen gained momentum. Dhawan and Rohit showed their experience as openers and built a superb stand of 136 before Dhawan got out. Dhawan played a classic knock of 68 runs.

POOR FIELDING AND DROP CATCHES PUSHED PAKISTAN BACK

Rohit batted intelligently throughout his 91 run knock but it was not helping the run-rate as Pakistani bowlers , especially Amir was not allowing the Indian batsmen to score boundaries. Poor fielding by the Pakistani bowlers provided India to take quick easy singles when they were struggling to hit the big shots. The big turn of events which completely snatched the first innings from Pakistan was the two dropped catches of Yuvraj & Kohli who then went on to score superb fifties.

POWERFUL PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN KOHLI-YUVRAJ ACCELARATED INDIA TO 319 IN THE RAIN HIT FIRST INNINGS

Due to persistent rain interruptions, the Indian innings was reduced to 48 overs. The drizzle also affected the momentum of the batsmen and after the unfortunate run-out of Rohit, Kohli seemed to struggle to hit big shots for some overs. Yuvraj began his innings by pulling some classy fours and sixes which sky-rocketed the run-rate before he got out LBW on 53. Kohli continued the run party started by Yuvraj by firing amazing  boundaries to put the pressure back on the bowlers. The last over was rocked by Hardhik who blasted Imad for three wonderful sixes. Quality batting by India throughout the first innings powered them to a good total.

RAIN SHORTENED THE MATCH TO 41 OVERS AND GAVE PAKISTAN  A TARGET OF 289  TO CHASE

Rain again spoiled the original target which was reduced to 289 in 41 overs by the D/L method.  Azhar got set early in the innings but did not get any support from the other end. India got early breakthroughs in the form of Shahzad and promising batsman Babar which put pressure on Pakistan.  Indian bowlers also did not allow the Pakistani batsmen to get way with big shots despite a few misfields and a dropped catch  of Azhar which was compensated soon when he got caught on 50 in the 21st over.

OUTSTANDING INDIAN BOWLING AND BELOW AVERAGE BATTING BY PAKISTAN HANDED INDIA A COMFORTABLE VICTORY

Indian bowlers further dominated the second innings and kept on taking wickets and finally bowled them out for 169. Pakistani batsmen failed miserably against the strong Indian bowling who completely outruned the Pakistani batsmen and comfortably handed them  an easy victory by 124 runs. Yuvraj Singh was declared the ‘Player of the Match’ for his enthralling 53 off 32 balls in which he hit 8 fours and 1 six.

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