EDGBASTON – Courtesy to massive opening stand between Shikar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, India manage to set a huge total of 319/3 against Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 opener at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham.
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl first, hoping for the ball to swing in the first hour. The ball didn’t do much and both Indian openers were very cautious too, so they saw off the first ten overs. The field spread up, and ball a little older, Sharma began to open his arms and played some glorious shots to bring up his half-century.
Dhawan too took on Wahab Riaz to get to his fifty. The opening stand was 136 in just 24.3 overs when he hit one of the full tosses from Shadab straight to Azhar Ali in deep mid wicket. Azhar made no mistake, and India gifted first wicket to Pakistan, a breakthrough much needed.
Pakistan bowled a couple of tidy overs to get back into the game, wickets were still not coming, however, when the rains stopped the game for the second time, India had reached to 173/1 in 33.1 overs. The match was reduced to 48 overs each side when play resumed.
After resumption of the game, India began to change gears, Sharma took 13 runs off Wahab’s over before getting run out on 91, while trying to steal a tight single. India were 192/2 now.
Yuvraj was a little iffy in the early part of his inning as Hasan Ali dropped a sitter off Shadab’s wrong one. That chance was enough for him to grow into confidence, as he took on Pakistani bowlers in the depth overs.
India finished strong, Yuvraj and Kohli ripped Pakistan’s bowling at the end, Hardik Pandya provided the finishing. India finishes 319/3 in 48 overs.
But under D/L method, Pakistan’s target is 324 in 48 overs.