Published On: Mon, Jun 5th, 2017

Defending Champions start their campaign with a win : ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017

It was a comfortable win for the defending champions even though they were not in best of their form. Its was just a usual day for India nothing extra ordinary, but they were far better than their opponent Pakistan. Pakistan had a pretty sloppy day as their lack of commitment was seen on field.

 

India put on to bat by Pakistan had a slow but steady start. Managing only 46 for no loss in 10 overs openers Rohit Sharma and Shekhar Dhawan accustomed themselves to the conditions pretty easily. They went on to make 136 runs partnership for the 1st wicket before Dhawan got out 68. Soon the captain Virat Kohli too stood up his standards and slowly built up his innings. Rain interrupted the game and reduced it 48 overs.

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Rohit Sharma played a beautiful innings but got out in 90’s. Kohli along with Yuvraj ignited the procceding. Yuvraj at his best, smashed all around ground and scored a convincing half century at a strike rate of 166. Pandya once again finished of the proceedings in style with 3 sixes in the final over by setting up a target of 320.

 

Even thou the rain reduced the target to 289, Pakistan team collapsed for 164. Once again it was lack of commitment shown from the team. The top scorer for Pakistan was Azhar Ali, with a not so convincing 50 followed by Hafeez who scored 33.  Indian camp wasn’t at their best with the field but the lazy batting line up, lack of understanding and lack of technique in the Pakistan unit saw them comfortably home. Indian captain admitted they were not at their best but promised to work on their unit and come back stronger for a the next game.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JUNE 04:  Yuvraj Singh of India hits to the offside as wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed  looks on during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston on June 4, 2017 in Birmingham, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main highlight of the day was Yuvraj as he was Man of the match award for his blistering performance of 53 of 32 balls which included 8 fours and a six at a strike rate of 165.62.

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Defending Champions start their campaign with a win : ICC CHAMPIONS TROPHY 2017