Clinical India run over hapless Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy

India's Virat Kohli bats as Pakistan wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed looks on during the ICC Champions trophy match at Edgbaston in Birmingham central England

India's batsmen dominate Pakistan in rain-affected Champions Trophy clash

Defending champions India started the campaign with a comprehensive 124-run victory over archrivals Pakistan.

Yuvraj Singh, who plundered 53 off 32 balls, was his chief foil and from the moment they reached 319 for three in 48 overs - two having been lost to rain - only one result seemed possible. "So he started striking from ball one and as I said that took pressure off me, and maybe I should have given him strike".

This was a view endorsed by Kohli during his pre-match press conference at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground on Saturday. While he was pleased with the win, Kohli was not impressed with India's fielding. "From that regard, as a cricketer, we really enjoyed this game, that's all I can say". "In the field we were still a 6 today", Kohli said. He needs to take the confidence from this performance and run with it, all the way to the final. "We need to tighten our fielding to compete hard against the best teams", Kohli said after the match.

Put in to bat first in a rain-hit encounter, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a flawless start as the duo not only blasted half-century each but they also went on to stitch a huge 136-run stand, thus making them the most successful opening pair in the history of the eight-team marquee event. Hardik Pandya who later came to power and finally, the first three balls hit six by him and scoreboard crossed 300. The two sides have not played a bilateral series since 2012-2013, and India have used to juggle with the idea without an end to "cross border terrorism", which essentially means militant incursions along the disputed Kashmir border. India had previously piled up 319/3 in 48 overs after Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss.

Pakistan fast bowler Wahab Riaz will play no further part in the Champions Trophy after suffering an ankle problem during their defeat by arch-rivals India in their Group B clash on Sunday.

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Something we've gotten accustomed to when referring to Pakistan's batting is their inability to bat sensibly. I think it really deflated the opposition and that gave me the time to settle in.

"I got lucky and got dropped and I capitalised", said Yuvraj at the presentation ceremony. If you play dot balls then the game doesn't go anywhere, you try a few shots and you lose wickets.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave good start which was capitalized by middle-order batsman. He remained unbeaten on 81.

India and Pakistan last played a bilateral series in 2012, but the last time they played Test matches against each other was all the way back in 2007.

Man of the Match Yuvraj was happy that he could capitalise on the chances offered by the Pakistanis.

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