Champions Trophy: Pakistan batting surrenders, as India win rain-hit contest by 124 runs
BIRMINGHAM (web desk) – In the most awaited cricketing event of this year, Pakistan faced a humiliating defeat at the hands of India as the whole team was back in the pavilion after scoring 164 runs while chasing a revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs.
Pakistan won the toss and decided to bowl first on a good pitch that was unlikely to change much during the course of 100 overs. Match began at 02:30 PM (PST).
India: RG Sharma, S Dhawan, V Kohli*, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni†, KM Jadhav, HH Pandya, RA Jadeja, B Kumar, UT Yadav, JJ Bumrah
Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed*†, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali
With seven wickets down Pakistan tail-enders were playing half-heartedly as the required rate was skyrocketing with last few overs to go.
India were not bothering as it was single and twos that were not frustrating the Indians.
Meanwhile, Pakistan lost its eighth and ninth wickets in quick succession of time as Wahab didn’t come to bat due to his injury.
India won the match by 124 runs.
Pakistan were all out for 164 runs in pursuit of 289 runs chase.
Video: Fall of wickets
Jadeja got some punishment as Shadab hit him for a maximum followed by a boundary in the twenty ninth over.
Sarfraz played a brilliant shot towards straight for four more however the excitement was short-lived as he handed over an easy catch to Dhoni who doesn’t miss many.
Pakistan were 152 for the loss of seven wickets after 30 overs.
Sarfaraz came to bat when his team was in real trouble.The skipper swept really well as he fetched a boundary in the process.
Pandya went for 8 runs in the next over.
Jadeja came to bowl the next over.
Hafeez also departed while giving away an easy catch to B Kumar at deep midwicket.
Shoaib Malik came to join Muhammad Hafeez as Pandya continued from the other end.
Pandya got some punishment as Shoaib Malik gave him some treatment in the shape of two back-to-back boundaries.
In the next over, it was first Muhammad Hafeez who thumped Jadeja for four more and later it was Shoaib Malik who hammered Jadeja for a huge six over straight boundary.
And suddenly some aggression in the innings!
The skipper decided to introduce Yadav once again.
Shoaib Malik got run out after scoring a quick innings of 15 runs. Pakistan lose its fourth wicket.
The skipper continued with Jadeja as Hafeez came down the wicket to hit him for a boundary towards leg stump.
Pandya at the other end was also bowling brilliantly as he was not offering any sort of width to the batsmen whatsoever.
Azhar Ali departed as he was caught just at the edge of the boundary while clearing the field.
Pakistan lose their third wicket as the score was 91 after 21 overs.
Pandya conceded a boundary of the last ball as Azhar Ali hammered one away towards half stump for four more.
The skipper opted to bring Jadeja to the attack as he bowled rather a good over while not allowing Pakistani batsmen to free their arms.
Pandya continued from the other end as both Azhar Ali and Muhammad Hafeez were not taking any risk for reasons unknown.
Pakistan were 82 for the loss of two wickets after 18 overs.
Hafeez came to join Azhar Ali as the equation was getting complicated with the passage of every single over.
Pandya was also introduced to the attack in 14th over as Kumar dropped rather an easy catch while running in from long-on.
Yadav came to bowl the 15th over and bowled with pace and aggression as only 3 runs came of his over.
Pakistan were 67 for the loss two wickets after 15 overs.
Pakistan lose its second wicket in the shape of Babar Azam.
Bumrah came strongly after conceding a boundary of the first ball as no run came of the next five balls.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled yet another good as he bowled a maiden over.
The asking rate was flying high as Pakistan had required 238 runs of 30 overs.
Bumrah continued from the other end as the Indian bowlers were not giving any width to Pakistani batsmen as singles and doubles were not doing harm at this point of time.
Pakistan were 57 for the loss of one wicket after 12 overs.
The play resumed as Pakistan will have to put an extraordinary effort in order to bat according to the required equation.
Bumrah was introduced to the attack as Azhar Ali hammered one away towards off-side for a boundary of the last ball.
Pakistan were 27 for no loss after six overs.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled yet another good over as he conceded just five run in the seventh over.
Bumrah continued from the other end as Azhar hammered one straight over the bowler’s head for four more.
On the very next ball Azhar escaped a run out chance.
Pakistan were 38 for no loss after eight overs.
If it rains once again, the required total will be according to the following toble.
The news in the middle is that Pakistan has to chase a revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs as the play is about to resume in a while.
Rain stopped play at Edgbaston once again.
Pakistan started the proceedings rather slow as not that much damage was done in the early three overs.
Ahmad Shehzad cut really well in the second over as he fetched a boundary while punishing Yadav in the process.
Pakistan were 15 for no loss after 3 overs.
Hasan Ali went for a boundary and a six in the second last over.
Hardik Pandya’s consecutive sixes of the first three balls and a boundary by Virat Kohli of the last ball resulted in 23 runs coming of the last over.
India conclude their innings at 319 for the loss of three wickets in the alloted 48 overs.
Hasan Ali proved to be really expensive in 46th over as he went away for two boundaries and a huge six while conceding 21 runs.
Wahab also went for two boundaries and a maximum in the next over as Yuvraj completed his fifty of 30 balls.
The left arm pacer also left the ball as he got retired hurt.
India were 285 for the loss of two wickets after 46 overs.
Amir was retired hurt as he left the field and was replaced by Wahab Riaz.
Amir was brought to the attack by skipper. A slow ball from Amir was picked up by Youvraj as he swatted it away to the left of midwicket for four more.
Amir conceded 8 runs in 42nd over.
Hasan Ali continued from the other end as he got some punishment from Youvraj. First he hammered Hasan for a straight boundary and then a brilliant pull shot for a maximum.
India were 242 for the loss of two wickets after 43 overs.
Wahab was turning out to be a huge disappointment today as he went away for so many runs and was introduced yet again to the attack.
Wahab went for 7 runs as Youvraj hammered one of the last ball for four more.
Hasan was introduced to the attack again. Unluckily for Pakistan, an inside edge of Youvraj’ bat raced to the boundary for four more.
Hasan went for 9 runs in his over.
India were 222 for the loss of two wickets after 41 overs.
Youvraj came to bat as he played with a straight bat towards mid-on for four more. Wahab is giving away so many runs today.
India reached 200 in 38th over.
Shadab came to bowl his last over.
A very easy catch was dropped by Hasan Ali as Youvraj tried to play down the ground.
India were 206 for the loss of two wickets after 39 overs.
Rohit Sharma got run out as India lost its second wicket.
After the rain back it was the left arm fast Muhammad Amir who resumed bowling with Kohli and Sharma on the crease.
Amir conceded just one run in 34th over.
Shadab came to bowl from the other end as he conceded just 2 runs in 35th over.
Wahab was introduced again to the attack. Rohit played a glorious drive for four more followed by a beautifully played pull short for six.
Wahab went for 13 runs as he was introduced back.
India were 189 for 1 after 36 overs.
The play resumed again at Edgbaston however has been restricted to 48 overs a side.
Kohli played a brilliant shot of Muhammad Amir towards backward point for four more.
India were going good and great at the position as both the batsmwn seemed to be in good form.
Just when the first ball of 34th over was bowled, rain intercepted the play once again.
India were 173 for the loss of one wicket after 33.1 overs.
Kohli came to bat as both the players were rotating the strike at regular intervals with not that much damage done.
Rohit was in mood to play a big innings today as the skipper decided to introduce Amir in the thirtieth over.
Amir bowled a brilliant over as just one run came of it.
India were 162 for the loss of one wicket after 30 overs.
India lost their first wicket as Dhawan in an effort to clear the boundary was caught just at the edge of the boundary.
Dhawan was caught Azhar Ali after scoring 68 runs.
India were 138 for the loss of one wicket after 25 overs.
Rohit Sharma reached to his fifty in style as he hit one down the ground towards midwicket for a huge six of Shadab’s bowling.
Indian openers had decided to cut loose as Dhawan joined the party in twentieth over while hitting back to back boundaries.
Dhawan also reached to his fifty as Wahab conceded 15 runs in the twentieth over.
Dhawan yet again took charge as he thumped Shadab Khan for a huge six over midwicket.
India were 120 for no loss after 21 overs.
Wahab received some punishment in the sixteenth over as first it was Rohit Sharma who thumped him towards extra cover for a boundary and the same treatment was given on the last ball by Rohit Sharma.
Shadab Khan was introduced as he conceded 5 runs in his over.
Wahab came to bowl again as he bowled rather a good over this time and conceded just 3 runs.
India were 87 for no loss after 18 overs.
Hasan Ali wasn’t providing any width to the Indian batsmen as he conceded just four runs in thirteenth over.
The skipper opted to introduce Wahab to the attack as he replaces Imad Wasim to bowl the fourteenth over.
Wahab bowled with real pace as only three runs came of the fourteenth over.
Hasan Ali came to bowl the fifteenth over as once again he conceded just four runs in his over.
India were 66 for no loss after 15 overs.
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Hasan Ali started to bowl the eleventh over as he bowled a no ball as the free hit was easily put away by Rohit Sharma towards the boundary for four more. India reached their fifty in 10.4 overs.
Meanwhile, Imad Wasim came to bowl his sixth over of the innings while conceding just three runs.
India were 55 for no loss after 12 overs.
Good news for diehards is that the play has resumed again at Edgbaston.
Rohit Sharma while flirting with an outside ball from Amir had a narrow escape as the ball kissed Azhar Ali’s fingers and raced away to third man boundary for four more.
Imad was as usual consistent in the next over.
Skipper introduced Hassan Ali in ninth over as Rohit Sharma pushed it beautifully towards backward point for four more.
India were 37 for no loss after nine overs.
Dhawan hammered a delivery from Imad towards square midwicket for four more.
India were 46 for no loss after 9.5 overs as rain interrupted the match at Edgbaston.
The skipper opted to pursue with Imad as he bowled with good line without providing any sort of width to the batsmen henceforth conceding just 4 runs in his second over.
The first boundary of the Indian innings came in Muhammad Amir’s over as Rohit placed it away brilliantly towards the fence for four more.
In the very next over, Rohit yet again took the charge as he punched a ball from Imad Wasim firmly towards cover for another boundary.
After six overs, India were 21 for no loss.
It was an amazingly display of fast bowling in the very first over of the match by Amir as he bowled a maiden over.
Imad conceded 3 runs in the second over.
Amir bowled fast and furiously as he bowled yet another good over while conceding just two runs.
India were 5 for no loss after three overs.