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Champions Trophy 2017: Rain stops play, blue brigade in complete command

Champions Trophy 2017: Rain stops play, blue brigade in complete command Champions Trophy 2017: Rain stops play, blue brigade in complete command
Freda Brock | 05 June, 2017, 11:12

India's Shikhar Dhawan, right, bats during the ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham, England, Sunday, June 4.

It is also a common practice to predict the result of the watch and as India and Pakistan are busy fighting it out against each other in the Champions Trophy, a journalist in Pakistan went ahead and let a camel from Lahore's zoo take the call.

Allrounder Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes at the start of his team's last over as India let rip to reach 319-3 from 48 overs after being put into bat at a rain-hit Edgbaston, which had nearly 25,000 spectators.

Except opener Azhar Ali, none of the Pakistani batters could stay for a long time at the crease and cope up with the pressure - of the target as well as of the Indian bowlers.

"I would say 9 out of 10". We are really happy as the team is doing really well.

It was surprisingly easy for India.

Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stood out in an all-round batting effort, propelling India to 319 for three against Pakistan after rain halted proceedings twice in the marquee clash of the Champions Trophy here today. Opening partner Shikhar Dhawan joined him in the next over, bringing up his half century off 48 balls.

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His brilliant knock was dotted with six fours and one six.

India meet Sri Lanka in their next Group B match at the Oval on Thursday. The dismissal triggered jeers from Indian fans. But he too failed as he got run out cheaply for 15 runs. He took a wicket of the very first ball he bowled that day but couldn't prevent West Indies from crossing the line after he was asked to bowl the last over.

Pakistan opener Azhar make exactly 50 before he was caught at deep square leg by Hardik Pandya off left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja to leave his side in trouble at 91 for three. Most of that 20 came during a costly 23-run last over for Imad Wasim (0-66).

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he had "no regrets" over his decision to field first. The teams were off again with India on 173-1 off 33.1 overs as Pakistan started to clamp down.

India had nearly tuned out themselves, Kedhar Jadhav inexplicably putting down a dolly at cover, but Pakistan's race to the bottom continued.

Before play, the teams officials and a crowd of 24,156 - a record for an Edgbaston ODI - observed a minute's silence for the victims of Saturday's London terror attack that killed seven people.


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