ICC Champions Trophy : India score 319 runs in 48 overs

ICC Champions Trophy : India score 319 runs in 48 overs

ICC Champions Trophy : India score 319 runs in 48 overs

124 - India's 124-run win over Pakistan was their biggest in Champions Trophy history.

When Yuvraj departed lbw to Hasan it led to another upping of the ante, Kohli unfurling three sixes and three fours in a savage 11-ball interval before Hardik Pandya clubbed Imad Wasim for three sixes in as many balls in the 48th and final over.

In reply, Pakistan finished on 164 all out in 33.4 overs - opener Azhar Ali's 50 off 65 balls and Mohammad Hafeez's 33 off 43 providing the only resistance - and rarely looked in the game.

"I would say 9 out of 10". Kohli's men were sloppy in the field, but it did not come to matter. We need to tighten our fielding to compete hard against the best teams.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, like they did so often four years ago, showed their potency as an opening partnership, and while one of them struggled a little to 91 runs - odd as it might sound when someone scores 91 - for India it was all about building that solid base, so that they could go slam-bang-thank-you-ma'am in the second half of the innings.

Yuvraj Singh added to the damage with some superb hitting in the death overs, scoring 53 from 32. When a top-edge flew to the boundary through fine-leg, it brought up Yuvraj's fifty, off only 29 balls.

India vs Pakistan match is taking place at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham, England.

Four years ago, in the same tournament, in the same country, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walked out together to open an ODI innings for the first time, and tasted instant success. Kohli had wanted the single but misjudged the speed of Babar Azam's reactions.

The feverish build-up to any clash between Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team includes heightened anticipation of millions of fans over what could give way when their players come under intense pressure.

Pakistan broke the 135-run stand when Dhawan slogged Shadab to the deep mid-wicket fence to be caught by Azhar Ali for 68. Jadeja sprinted to his left, picked the ball up, and hit the stumps with a brilliant throw even as he regained his balance. He struggled to up the ante, and alongside, Rohit Sharma, who also could not play in his typical free-flowing style, India lost some of their momentum with around 15 overs to go.

The Champions Trophy will continue under "significantly enhanced security" following the terror attack which killed at least seven people and injured many more in central London.

Indian batsmen performed strongly to help side post 319 runs for the loss of three wickets in a high-voltage Champions Trophy match against Pakistan here on Sunday.

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