India brutally thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs to win their first ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday.
Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl first and during the toss captain Kohli said that batting first would be an advantage as pitch was batsmen friendly.
Indian batsmen scored half-centuries as India and posted a mammoth total 319 for 3 wickets. Rohit Sharma scored 91 runs off 119 balls and Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 65) and made a partnership of 136 runs . Virat Kohli played a magnificent innings of 81 runs not out off 68 balls and was well supported by the experienced Yuvraj Singh, who scored a 32-ball 53. With an average of 107.66 , Kohli has the best numbers against Pakistan in the ICC tournaments. The duo put together a 93-run stand for the third wicket. Hardik Pandya hammered three sixes in his six-ball 20 runs knock.(Scorecard)
In a rain-interrupted match which saw the target revised to 289 in 41 overs, Pakistan’s batting order crumbled in front of Indian bowlers. Umesh Yadav led the way, returning with figures of 3/30. Ravindra Jadeja (2/43) and Hardik Pandya (2/43) pitched in with two wickets each as Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped with one. For Pakistan, Azhar Ali scored the highest with a half-century.(Scorecard)
For India, two points on the board, and equally importantly, a run rate of +3.02 putting them, for the moment, right on top of the table ahead of South Africa, which also has two points but a run rate of +1.92.
Yuvraj Singh has been declared the Man of the Match for a scintillating fifty late in the innings.
Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed: We were not upto the mark. We were in control upto 40 overs but we lost our way in the last few overs. I think we should try to control our bowling rate in the death overs.
Virat Kohli, India captain: We are right up there with the bat and the ball but not in the field. It was complete performance and took the momentum from the practice matches. We need tighten up our fielding though. All batsmen chipped in with runs. Shikhar and Rohit, last time we won here, the opening partnership was crucial. Rohit took some time going, but he’s coming back from an injury, and international cricket is different to IPL and domestic cricket.Yuvi was outstanding and I was feeling a club cricketer in front of him. And Hardik, 18 off five balls, was outstanding. (On the decision to play only one spinner) They play spin really well, and most of them are right handers. In pressure situations, to have mid-on, mid-off up and hit hard lengths, gives us an advantage. Against other sides, we might use two spinners, depending on their strengths.
Here are some interesting records of ICC trophy
Most consecutive victories in ICC Champions Trophy:
7 – West Indies
7 – INDIA*
5 – Australia
Most consecutive defeats in ICC Champions Trophy:
9 – Zimbabwe
7 – Bangladesh
6 – PAKISTAN*
5 – Kenya
Most wins for a team against an opposition in ICC events:
12 – INDIA v PAKISTAN*
11 – Australia v India
11 – Australia v New Zealand
11 – England v Sri Lanka
11 – Pakistan v Sri Lanka
11 – Sri Lanka v New Zealand
11 – West Indies v Pakistan
India (IND) Scorecard
|Rohit Sharma run out (Babar Azam)||91||119||7||2|
|Shikhar Dhawan c Azhar Ali b Shadab Khan||68||65||6||1|
|Virat Kohli (C) not out||81||68||6||3|
|Yuvraj Singh lbw b Hasan Ali||53||32||8||1|
|Hardik Pandya not out||20||6||0||3|
Pakistan (PAK) Scorecard
|Azhar Ali c Hardik Pandya b Ravindra Jadeja||50||65||6||0|
|Ahmed Shehzad lbw b Bhuvneshwar Kumar||12||22||1||0|
|Babar Azam c Ravindra Jadeja b Umesh Yadav||8||12||1||0|
|Mohammad Hafeez c Bhuvneshwar Kumar b Ravindra Jadeja||33||43||2||0|
|Shoaib Malik run out (Ravindra Jadeja)||15||9||2||1|
|Sarfraz Ahmed (C) (W) c MS Dhoni b Hardik Pandya||15||16||2||0|
|Imad Wasim c Kedar Jadhav b Hardik Pandya||0||1||0||0|
|Shadab Khan not out||14||16||1||1|
|Mohammad Amir c Kedar Jadhav b Umesh Yadav||9||16||0||0|
|Hasan Ali c Shikhar Dhawan b Umesh Yadav||0||2||0||0|