Yuvraj Singh's vintage magic helps India to beat Pak in Champions Trophy

  • Yuvraj Singh's vintage magic helps India to beat Pak in Champions Trophy

Yuvraj Singh's vintage magic helps India to beat Pak in Champions Trophy

India's captain Virat Kohli had plenty to celebrate in the Champions Trophy win over Pakistan. In reply, Azhar Ali's fifty and a 33 run knock by Mohammad Hafeez were the only standout from Pakistan's chase as they were bundled out for 164.

When play got underway, India set Pakistan a daunting target of 320 to win a rain-affected Group B match, which was reduced to 289 from 41 overs. "And that's all I can say to this". "Skill-wise we were clinical, just in the field is something we can still improve on".

"We need to tighten our fielding to compete hard against the best teams", he said.

It was surprisingly easy for India.

Dhawan was dismissed when he lofted legbreak bowler Shadab Khan to Azhar Ali. Shikhar Dhawan made 68, while Yuvraj Singh contributed 53.

Earlier, a similar thing happened during the match between New Zealand and Australia a couple of days back where not even a single run was added to the Kiwi total because they lost all their wickets in their innings. -Reuters Babar Azam fields during the India's innings.

The dismissal triggered jeers from Indian fans.

Pakistan opener Azhar make exactly 50 before he was caught at deep square leg by Hardik Pandya off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja to leave his side in trouble at 91 for three.

Hardik Pandya worked out well at the end as the Indian batsman hit three sixes in the final over of the 48-over match to help India post a competitive 319 runs.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and opted to bowl first, hoping for the ball to swing in the first hour.

When asked about the inclusion of an extra seamer in the squad for Sunday's game, Kohli said, "We chose to play an extra seamer against Pakistan purely because of the fact that it becomes a wicket taking option".

Yadav finished things off with two wickets in three balls by removing Mohammed Amir for nine and Hasan for a duck to earn the Indians a massive win by 124 runs as they bowled their rivals out for 164 to get off to a ideal start in the tournament. One team - India - played as well as they could and the other team - Pakistan - just fizzled out.

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Mohammad Amir (0-32) was the most economical bowler for Pakistan, conceding an average of four runs an over.

Before play, the teams officials and a crowd of 24,156 - a record for an Edgbaston ODI - observed a minute s silence for the victims of Saturday s London terror attack that killed seven people.