The entire top order comes good; rival batting succumbs losing its last six batsmen for fifty.
There was a moment’s quiet before procedures started at Edgbaston on Sunday. There was not a moment of it from there on. A record swarm gave an electric soundtrack on a baffling, wet day as India’s batsmen beat Pakistan into the ground in their Group B Champions Trophy experience.
This may be an old, storied rivalry but in recent years these games have been anything but competitive. It was more of the same as India cruised to a 124-run victory (DLS Method), cheered on by a majority of the 24,156, the highest attendance for an ODI at this venue, packed into the ground.
After India had been made a request to bat, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan included 136 for the opening wicket, before Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli clubbed Pakistan around in exciting style. Hardik Pandya then delivered more agony as India made a titanic 319 for three in 48 overs, the innings abbreviated after two rain intrusions.
Moment of brilliance
And then Ravindra Jadeja, serenaded by serenades of ‘Go, Ravi Jadeja’ from the Eric Hollies Stand, ventured forward. He evacuated Azhar Ali, who had arranged a steady fifty, preceding delivering a snapshot of brightness in the field.
Shoaib Malik, who had quite recently struck a perfect six, drove Umesh into the offside and embarked for a solitary. Jadeja sprinted to one side, lifted the roll together, and hit the stumps with a splendid toss even as he recovered his composure. Malik had pivoted yet it was past the point of no return.
The end was very quick for Pakistan, which lost its last six wickets for 50 runs. Kohli’s men were messy in the field, however it didn’t come to make a difference.
At the flip side, Dhawan hustled to his fifty, cutting and driving Riaz for a cap trap of fours. India appeared to take a specific getting a kick out of the chance to one side armer, who might in the end complete with figures of 0 for 87 from 8.4 overs before limping off harmed. He later would not turn out to bat, having bent his lower leg.
Dhawan succumbed to 68, selecting dairy animals corner off a full hurl from Shadab. Rohit was run out nine shy of a hundred, his bat noticeable all around as he attempted to go too far.
That brought Yuvraj to the crease. What’s more, he tore Pakistan to shreds, hitting the ball without hardly lifting a finger. He offered the defenders one shot on eight, however was dropped at long off by Hasan Ali. Yuvraj was on eight then and the partnership for the third wicket worth just 13.
Pandya, advanced up the request, landed at Yuvraj’s exit to bash three successive sixes in Imad Wasim’s last over. India had included 72 keeps running off the last four overs, taking off past 300 and thumping the stuffing out of Pakistan.