India crush Pakistan by 124 runs in ICC Champions Trophy

indDefending champions India destroy Pakistan in Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston.

Put in to bat, defending champions India notched up a competitive 319 for three after two rain interruptions with a good score from Rohit Sharma (91 off 119), Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 65), Virat Kohli (81 not out off 68) and Yuvraj (53 off 32) .

Set a revised target of 324 in 48 overs at the start of their innings under the Duckworth-Lewis method, Pakistan were required to chase 289 in 41 overs when play resumed after the day’s third rain interruption. Pakistan was never really on the hunt as their batsmen failed to keep up with the asking rate.

Pakistan was never really in the game, losing wickets at regular intervals after a 47-run stand for the first wicket between Azhar Ali (50) and Ahmed Shehzad (12) and Mohammad Hafeez made 33. Umesh, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja had two wickets.

Finally, India crushed Pakistan by 124 runs to win their first ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Edgbaston in Birmingham.