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Despite all the rain interruptions, India were the better team today, as they have been right through this tournament. Once Bhuvneshwar Kumar struck early in the innings, it was a match dominated by Indian bowlers who picked wickets at regular intervals. While chasing, the Indian openers got off to a decent start and Shikhar Dhawan once again proved that he is meant for the big stage. India will now enter the semis high on confidence while a forgettable series for Pakistan comes to an end.
INDIA Over:19.1 II Score: 102/2
And finally the game comes to an end as India defeat Pakistan by eight wickets on Duckworth-Lewis method. Karthik worked Mohammard Hafeez’s delivery towards fine leg and those were the winning runs. India dominated in all departments of the game and this has been yet another comprehensive victory from Team India.
Virat Kohli 22* (27b) Dinesh Karthik 11* (15b)
INDIA Over: 18 II Score: 96/2
Just two wickets for Pakistan so far as Kohli and Karthik are looking in no hurry whatsoever. Between all those singles, they are also scoring a boundary every now and then. India now need just six runs from four overs.
INDIA Over:15 II Score: 78/2
Shikhar Dhawan’s dream run continued as after slamming three international tons on the trot, he scored 48 runs before hitting a wide delivery from Wahab Riaz straight to third man. Dinesh Karthik is the new man in and India now need just 24 runs from seven overs with eight wickets in hand.
S Dhawan c Nasir Jamshed b Wahab Riaz 48 (41b)
INDIA Over: 12 II Score: 64/1
India lost their first wicket as Sharma charged down the wicket and hit the ball straight to Misbah at midwicket. Virat Kohli came to the crease and as Mohammad Hafeez bowled just three balls, the rain was back!
Play resumed after a long delay and according to the latest update, India now need 38 runs to win from 10 overs. No more power play overs for them though.
RG Sharma c Misbah-ul-Haq b Saeed Ajmal 18 (32b)
INDIA Over: II Score: 57/0
Play resumed and Pakistan are still searching for their first breakthrough. They are currently scoring at almost six runs per over and now need 100 runs from 27 overs. With ten wickets in hand, it should be cakewalk from here onwards.
Play resumes and the target has been revised and India now need 157 in 36 overs, 110 more in 27.5 overs (@ 3.95 runs per over)
INDIA Over: 8.1 II Score: 47/0
Indian openers continued to dominate as none of the Pakistani bowlers have managed to trouble either Dhawan or Sharma who are scoring runs at will. Saeed Ajmal was brought into the attack immediately after the power play and he bowled just one delivery and the match was once again interrupted because of rain.
INDIA Over:5 II Score: 22/0
It was a careful start from the Indian openers as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan have added 22 for the first wicket. Rohit Sharma survived a close lbw appeal after he was hit on the pads by Junaid Khan but the Hawk-eye showed that the ball pitched outside the leg-stump. Sharma scored consecutive boundaries off Irfan’s over, fifth of the innings to add some useful runs in the first five overs. The target has been revised and India will now chase 168 runs from 40 overs.
PAKISTAN Over: 39.4 II Score: 165/10
And as expected Pakistan failed to play the 40 overs. Mohammad Irfan was the last batsman to be dismissed as he was run-out.
Earlier Rohit Sharma took a blinder to dismiss Saeed Ajmal off Ishant Sharma’s bowling diving to his front at short cover. Junaid Khan was run-out off the next ball as a result of a direct hit from Kohli. India need 166 runs in 40 overs to win the match!
Mohammad Irfan run out 0 (2b)
Junaid Khan run out 0 (1b)
Saeed Ajmal c RG Sharma b I Sharma 5 (16b)
PAKISTAN Over:36 II Score: 149/7
Wahab Riaz is known to hit some lusty blows but it wasn’t his day as he was dismissed for a duck by Ashwin. The ball spun away from Riaz who gloved it and dragged it onto the stumps. Pakistan lose their seventh wicket. Saeed Ajmal comes to the crease to give company to Umar Amin. Pakistan are struggling to play their quota of 40 overs.
Wahab Riaz b Ashwin 0 (2b)
PAKISTAN Over:33 II Score: 139/6
Asad Shafiq was the fifth batsman to be dismissed as he got a faint edge off Ishant Sharma, the umpire wasn’t convinced and Dhoni reviewed the decision which went in India’s favour. Umar Amin was the next batsman to come at the crease. Jadeja struck again, this time it was Shoaib Malik who was struck on the pads, this time Malik reviewed the decision, but it was plumb. Pakistan are wobbling here.
Shoaib Malik lbw b Jadeja 17 (23b)
Asad Shafiq c Dhoni b I Sharma 41 (57b)
PAKISTAN Over: 30 II Score: 126/4
And once again it was Ravindra Jadeja who got a breakthrough as Pakistan skipper Misbah-uk-Haq was bowled after he scored two consecutive boundaries off the left-arm spinner. Shoaib Malik is the new batsman at the crease. He has already scored two boundaries and is currently batting on 13.
Misbah-ul-Haq b Jadeja 22 (33b)
PAKISTAN Over:25 II Score: 97/3
Misbah and Asad Shafiq have done a good job since the resumption of play as they have added 27 runs in the last six overs. Dhoni is using spinners from both the ends which could be because he wants to get through to the overs as quickly as possible.
The play has resumed and due to the rain interruption the match has been reduced to 40 overs each.
PAKISTAN Over: 19 II Score: 70/3
Well, the rain has made another appearance. The play has been stopped and the players have left the field. Covers are on. Off 17th, came three runs while two runs were scored in the next. Off the 19th came just four runs and that too thanks to a boundary by Shafiq.
PAKISTAN Over: 16 II Score: 61/3
OUT! And Ashwin strikes in his second over! Tossed up and Karman accepted the invitation and went for a drive. He ended up getting an inside edge. The ball was deflected to Kohli at leg slip after hitting Dhoni's left thigh. He scored 21 (38b, 4X2). Another set batsman departs. Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq in the middle now. Five runs and a wicket in the over.
PAKISTAN Over: 15 II Score: 56/2
Spin in R Ashwin introduced. A single off his first delivery. Two more singles take the total from Ashwin's first over to three runs. Kumar continues. Another tight over from the pacer. Just two runs from it.
PAKISTAN Over: 13 II Score: 51/2
OUT! India have picked up another wicket right after the rain break! Full, outside off and Hafeez was looking to guide it to third man and ended up getting a thick edge. Dhoni dived to his right and took a good, low, one handed catch. He scored 27 (31b, 4X5). In walks Asad Shafiq. Just one run and a wicket in the over.
Update: Players are back in the middle. The clouds have cleared. The play recommences. Cheers!
PAKISTAN Over: 12 II Score: 50/1
Bad news! It's raining at Edgbaston now. The players are back in the dressing room and the covers are on. Off the 11th over came just four runs while off the next came three singles.
PAKISTAN Over: 10 II Score: 43/1
Ishant Sharma introduced into the attack. Kamran cuts his third delivery past point region for a boundary. Sharma's last is on the legs and Hafeez plays it fine for another boundary. The next from Kumar is a tight one as he concedes just a single. Off the fourth delivery of the 10th over, Hafeez walks across and clips that behind square leg region for a boundary. He picks a couple off the fifth and leaves the sixth safely for the keeper. Seven from it.
PAKISTAN Over: 7 II Score: 26/1
Hafeez scored the first boundary of the match off the fifth delivery of Yadav's over with a beautiful cover drive. He followed that with another boundary employing a pull as Yadav bowled a short one and Ishant Sharma could only see it cross the fence in the deep. Off the first delivery of the next over, Kamran charged forward and pulled the short one from Kumar for a boundary. A single off the next brought Hafeez on strike who collected a lucky boundary as an inside edge went past Dhoni for four. Nine runs from the over.
PAKISTAN Over: 5 II Score: 7/1
Pakistan are yet to score their first boundary. They have been kept quiet by the opening bowling pair of Kumar and Yadav. Yadav'second over saw Pakistan adding three more runs to their total. However, the next over by Kumar was again a maiden.
PAKISTAN Over: 3 II Score: 4/1
Kumar to continue. Jamshed is on strike. No runs off his first two deliveries. OUT! The third is short of a length and moves a bit. Jamshed edges it to Suresh Raina at second slip! This is a massive wicket for India. Jamshed scored 2 (9b). Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in the middle. A wicket-maiden from Kumar.
PAKISTAN Over: 2 II Score: 4/0
Umesh Yadav to share the new ball with Kumar. And he hits Jamshed on the pad with his first delivery. The Indians appeal and umpire raises his finger! Jamshed is stunned. He is opting for the review and the replays show that would have gone over the stumps. Decision overturned. Just one run from the over.
PAKISTAN Over: 1 II Score: 3/0
Nasir Jamshed and Kamran Akmal will open the innings for Pakistan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the new ball. Kumar gets a hint of swing as Pakistan open their account with a leg bye off the first delivery. Just three runs from the first over.
TOSS: India have won the toss and elected to bowl first.
The fate of archrivals India and Pakistan have already been sealed but make no mistake when these two lock horns in an ICC Champions Trophy Group B encounter today at Edgbaston.
The result would only be of academic interest but it is unlikely to be just another dead rubber when traditional foes take on each other.
When the Champions Trophy tickets went online for sale in April this year, it took all of 30 minutes for the allocated tickets to be lapped up. The insatiable demand from Indian and Pakistani fans will mean Saturday’s game will be more than a dead rubber.
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India: Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav
Pakistan: Nasir Jamshed, Kamran Akmal(w), Mohammad Hafeez, Asad Shafiq, Umar Amin, Misbah-ul-Haq(c), Shoaib Malik, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan