Published: Fri, June 16, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

India vs Pakistan: Hardik Pandya ending the all-rounder conversation in style

India vs Pakistan: Hardik Pandya ending the all-rounder conversation in style

India captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh made Pakistan pay for fluffing catches with quickfire fifties as the holders launched their Champions Trophy title-defence with a 124-run thrashing of their arch-rivals at Edgbaston on Sunday (June 4).

Rohit Sharma with 91, Virat Kohli 81 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 68, and Yuvraj Singh with 53 runs remained the main scorers from Indian side.

Pakistan were donated a wicket, however, when Dhawan hoisted a full toss from leg-spinner Shadab Khan straight to Azhar Ali at deep midwicket.

This break further revised the target to 289 in 41 overs for Pakistan.

Pakistan fell short by 124 runs as they were bundled out by the Indian bowlers for a scanty total of 164 in 33.4 overs.

"If he plays like that you know the team is always in a good space because you can really rely on him to come in and just play a match-changing innings, more often than not", Kohli said.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed felt his side lost the plot in the last overs of the Indian innings.

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That allowed them to compile 319 from their 48 overs, with none of the Pakistan bowlers particularly impressing but their reply started well, only for the rain to return in the middle of the fifth over.

India scored 319/3 in 48 overs, after they were put into bat. Apart from Sharma, Dhawan, Kohli and Yuvraj, it was great to see Hardik Pandya play that wonderful cameo.

Yet the way the experienced left-hander Sunday's match was his 297th one-day global - took just 32 balls to score his runs saw the 35-year-old named man-of-the-match.

However, it seemed that Pakistan were making their way back to the game when veteran batsman Shoaib Malik came to the field and struck two boundaries and one six in quick intervals. Rohit was unfortunate to miss out on a century as he was run-out in the nineties.

India very much looked like a side ready to defend their title in their innings, as Sharma, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan found the boundary easily and had little trouble figuring out the Pakistan spinners.

But no member of India's attack leaked runs in the way Wahab had done. He was well supported by Ravindra Jadeja and Pandya, who picked up two wickets each.

This was Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur's first direct involvement in cricket's fiercest rivalry, with Sunday's match taking place in Birmingham - a city with one of the largest Asian populations in Britain.

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