Birmingham, June 5: Defending Champions India registered a comprehensive win against its arch-rival Pakistan in a high-pressure game in a very first match of Champions Trophy to go top of Group B at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Notably, India crushed Pakistan by 124 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method as the rain continued to disrupt the match.
Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and many other ministers congratulated India after winning the match. Put in to bat first, India posted a mammoth target of 324 runs in 48 overs at the start of their innings.
Rohit Sharma was the top scorer with 91, while skipper Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 81. Shikhar Dhawan made 68, while Yuvraj Singh contributed 53. Yuvraj Singh named Player of the Match. All-rounder Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes helped India to post a mammoth total.
Set a revised target of 324 in 48 overs at the start of their innings, Pakistan were required to chase 289 in 41 overs when play resumed after the day's third rain interruption. While chasing the revised target of 289 runs in 41 overs, Pakistan bundled out at 164 runs in 33.4 overs.
For India, Umesh Yadav took three wickets while Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja had two wickets apiece. Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stood out in an all-round batting effort, propelling India to 319 for three after rain halted proceedings twice in the marquee clash.
A minute’s silence was held before the match for the victims of the London Bridge attacks on Saturday night, amid heavy security at the West Midlands ground. Top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka are also in Group B.