All the talks of a new game plan by Pakistan were reduced to mere rubble as India once again defeated arch-rivals in the fourth game of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 played at Edgbaston Cricket Ground. Pakistan looked nervy as India fully capitalized on the poor tactics employed by Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed to see Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan get off to a great start.
The opening pair put on a good partnership to set the stage for the likes of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh to go berserk at the end. Kohli started cautiously as rain constantly interrupted the first half of the innings. Pakistan’s decision to go with left arm-spinner Imad Wasim in the initial overs of the innings backfired big time as the overcast conditions cried out loud for the fast bowlers to operate at Edgbaston.
Rohit played a composed innings and fell nine runs short of a richly deserved century. Kohli came to the crease and added 93 runs with Yuvraj Singh to see India firmly in control to put a good score on the board. Yuvraj looked at ease he looked effortless in his range of strokes. The left-handed batsman was in sublime form and looked a class apart while Kohli quietly kept the scoreboard by taking ones and twos. Kohli’s late flourish at the end meant that India managed to put 319 runs in 48 overs.
Pakistan once again wilted under pressure in the chase as Ahmed Shehzad was trapped right in front to see the side lose their first wicket. Azhar Ali played with aggressive intent and notched up half century while others fell in a procession to see Pakistan reduced to 164 for 9 to see India win the game by 124 runs. Injured Wahab Riaz did not batted in the innings for Pakistan while Umesh Yadav and Ravendra Jadeja were standout bowlers for India in the game.