Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli stars as India smash Pakistan

Champions Trophy 2017

India captain Virat Kohli praised Yuvraj Singh's "game-changing" quality after seeing his side launch their Champions Trophy title-defence with a 124-run rout of arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday.

All the Indian batsmen starred, with Rohit Sharma (91 off 119), Shikhar Dhawan (68 off 65), Kohli (81 not out off 68) and Yuvraj (53 off 32) rising to the occasion in a rain-hit game, to propel India to 319/3 in 48 overs.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya (unbeaten at 20) added further woes to Pakistan as he rounded off India's innings by blasting three sixes to help them reach 319-3.

India completed an all-round performance, to defeat Pakistan in their opening Group B encounter, notching-up a 124-run win by Duckworth Lewis method.

Wahab's ankle knock meant the tailender was unable to bat in a sedate run chase that never got going before Pakistan eventually slumped to 164 all out.

Bowling: Kumar 5-1-23-1 (2w), Yadav 7.4-1-30 (1w), Bumrah 5-0-23-0, Pandya 8-0-43-2 (3w), Jadeja 8-0-43-2.

"South Africa is a tough competitor for India, but the kind of cricket we played, it can be said that we are the favourites to win the Champions Trophy", Rajkumar told ANI.

Bhajji opined that everything went according to the plan for Virat Kohli's men.

Yuvraj made his debut for India back in 2000 in the same tournament while he was an integral part of the Indian team that lifted World T20 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011.

When play resumed at 14:18pm local time (1318 GMT), India were 173 for one in 33.1 overs.

(Web Desk) - Pakistan pacer Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 due to injury.

India plundered 72 runs in their final four overs as Pakistan's attack wilted.

Because, every India vs Pakistan match is filled with tension, anxiety and full of such unbelievable moments that you can cherish for the longest period of time.

The atmosphere around the ground was electric though the day began on a sombre note with players of both teams observing a minute's silence for the people killed in the London Bridge terrorist attack. And the way he batted was the way only he can strike the ball, hitting low full tosses for fours and sixes, and even digging out yorkers for fours was outstanding. The left-handed batsman came forward and amassed some quick runs which kept score board busy, Kohli described.

Shoaib Malik lofted Jadeja six before he was Jadeja ran him out with a direct hit to leave Pakistan all but beaten at 114 for four in the 24th over.

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