Fans elated after India choke Pak in Champions Trophy

Postado Junho 20, 2017

India captain Virat Kohli hailed batsman Yuvraj Singh for his "game-changing" innings after they comfortably beat Pakistan in their Champions Trophy clash at Edgbaston on Sunday.

"We were in control for 40 overs but we lost the plot in the last eight overs", the wicket-keeper added after what was the opening Group B match for both the Asian giants in a tournament featuring the world s top eight one-day worldwide teams.

Earlier, put in to bat first, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a ideal start as not only did they blast half-centuries each, but 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.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma held the fort for India until Sharma was run out at 91. Hardik Pandya who later came to power and finally, the first three balls hit six by him and scoreboard crossed 300. Indian bowlers took nine Pakistan wickets for 164 runs to complete the win as Wahab Riaz did not come out to bat.

Pakistan now need to win their final two games against Sri Lanka and South Africa to stand a chance of qualifying for the semi-finals. The tactic was perplexing for me since the match wasn't being played in the UAE! "I think that really deflated the opposition and that gave me a bit of time to settle in from the other end", Kohli said.

The day started well for the Green Shirts when Sarfraz Ahmed won the toss and chose to bowl first in very overcast conditions in Birmingham.

Batting first, India scored 319 runs in 48 overs reduced due to rain interruptions.

A little later, Fakhar Zaman dropped Kohli on 43, eventually hurting Pakistan badly.

Yuvraj made his debut for India back in 2000 in the same tournament while he was an integral part of the Indian team that lifted World T20 2007 and ICC World Cup 2011. From there on the Pakistan batting line up went back to their hut in a procession. In the field we were still 6. Kohli and Hardik Pandya then stroked 34 runs off the remaining 10 balls to take India to a formidable total. 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.

Reflecting on his own performance, Kohli said he let the momentum slip after reaching 40 and regretted trying too hard for big hits during his partnership with Yuvraj.