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ICC Champions Trophy | India display brilliant performance on field, decimate Pakistan by huge margin of 124 runs

Defending champions India humiliated Pakistan in the 'Mother of all cricket clashes' while defeating them by 124 runs.


  |  Updated On : June 05, 2017 12:10 AM
ICC Champions Trophy: India defeat Pakistan by 124 runs

ICC Champions Trophy: India defeat Pakistan by 124 runs

New Delhi :  

India put in a mesmerizing performance as they clinically outperformed Pakistan in all departments of the game. Further, the defending champions humiliated Pakistan in the 'Mother of all cricket clashes' while defeating them by 124 runs.

After being put in to bat, India scored 319 runs for the loss of 3 wickets. Rohit Sharma, captain Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh played some belligerent innings to propel India towards a mammoth score.

Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma's strong opening partnership laid down the foundation for a big total. Captain Virat Kohli then played a brilliant knock of 81 that provided the impetus to the middle order. Yuvraj Singh hit a whirlwind half century that provided the late flourish to post 300 plus and earned him the 'Man of the match award'.  

Mohamad Aamir was injured at a crucial juncture and could not complete his spell at the death. This was harmful for the Pakistanis who went for plenty of runs in those overs. Lack of firepower in the spin department too emerged as a headache for them.

Rain played spoilsport in between and Pakistan was given a target of 289 runs in 41 overs. However, the Indian bowlers led by speedster Umesh Yadav didn't let Pakistan off the hook and took three crucial wickets.

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Pakistan's lack of firepower and experience in batting led to them floundering in the chase. Lack of a dependable opening pair unlike India added to their problems. Makeshift opener Azhar Ali couldn't fulfill the expectations of his team and Pak was under pressure since the beginning itself.

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All-rounder Hardik Pandya and spinner Ravindra Jadeja took two wickets apiece to pile further pressure on the Pakistan middle-order. Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar too bowled economically and Kumar took one wicket.

Jadeja was exceptional in the field as he scalped Shoaib Malik's wicket with a direct throw.Overall, it was a brilliant performance from India in the field and they completely outclassed their arch-rivals.

First Published: Sunday, June 04, 2017 11:43 PM
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