CT 2017: India thrash Pakistan in rain-interrupted tie

Birmingham, June 4:

India overpowered arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs in a rain-marred Group B encounter of the Champions Trophy here on Sunday.

Asked to bat first, the Indians rode on a power packed performance by the top order to post a challenging total.

In an innings affected by rain twice — consequently shortened to 48 overs as against the normal 50 — India posted 319/3.

Further rain interruptions forced the match officials to revise the target to 324 runs off 48 overs according to the the Duckworth Lewis method.

The Pakistanis were off to a steady start thanks to openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad.

The duo put together an opening stand of 47 runs in nine overs before pacer Buvneshwar Kumar struck the first blow for India by trapping Shehzad leg before.

Ali continued to battle on, top scoring for Pakistan with a steady 50 runs off 65 balls before being dismissed.

But the rest of the Pakistan batsmen seemed to buckle under pressure and failed to rise to the challenge. (IANS)

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