Playing his first international game since last October, Rohit Sharma showed more than a glimpse of his characteristic elegance while scoring 91.

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.

India’s Ravindra Jadeja, center, with teammates, after taking the wicket of Pakistan’s Azhar Ali.
In the morning, India started in mindful design against Mohammad Amir, however consistently raised the beat after the primary rain softened up the tenth over. This was Rohit’s first session of global cricket since October, and in spite of the fact that this 71-ball half-century was not his most familiar exertion, it helped establish a solid framework.

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.

Yuvraj regales

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.

The rain briefly hinted at a reprieve for Pakistan, but then it gave way to a gorgeous afternoon. But even if it had continued to rain, and led to the postponement of the match, it would not have obscured an underlying truth. Perhaps never has the gulf between India and Pakistan cricket been as great as it was yesterday, when India walked away with a 124-run triumph.

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