Brilliant Kohli steers India to victory over Pakistan

India's Virat Kohli during the ICC Champions Trophy Group B match at Edgbaston Birmingham

India's Virat Kohli during the ICC Champions Trophy Group B match at Edgbaston Birmingham

Rajkumar further said that India's Sunday night performance has established that it can overcome the South African side to lift the trophy.

India captain Virat Kohli attends a press conference ahead of their ICC Champions Trophy Group B match against Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham. Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan gave a rollicking start and well sustained by Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.

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.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave good start which was capitalized by middle-order batsman.

Millions of supporters watched the game as teams fight for national pride at Edgbaston. Kohli said that by then he had found his mojo - he scored 36 runs off the last 11 balls of his innings - and Pandya's big hitting came in handy towards the end.

Apart from the manner of their surrender, Pakistan are also fretting on the fitness of fast bowlers Amir and Wahab.

Kohli and Yuvraj piled on 93 at nearly 10 an over as all trace of Pakistani discipline evaporated and Amir, followed by Wahab, pulled up lame.

In a match that saw multiple delays due to rain, Pakistan were set a revised target of 289 in 41 overs. Openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad couldnt get the start Pakistan needed. The Sarfraz Army collapsed for 164 in 33.4 overs.

Three-time semifinalist Pakistan chose to bowl but its fielding often let the team down, including Kohli being dropped by substitute Fakhar Zaman on 43 off Riaz, who went for around 10 an over to end on 0-87.

"I got to know in the 46th over, when coach told me, 'You will be going next, go pad up.' Obviously, I padded up quickly and once I got my gloves, I went out straightaway because Yuvi paaji got out".

"It will take minimum two weeks to recover from this injury, which means that Wahab will not be able to continue to play in remaining games of the Champions Trophy".

Yuvraj Singh hit a whirlwind half century that provided the late flourish to post 300 plus and earned him the "Man of the match award". But in sight of what would have been his 11th ODI hundred, Rohit was run out when he just failed to beat Babar Azam's throw to wicket-keeper Sarfraz after Kohli called him for a tight single.

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