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ICC 2017: India Vs Pakistan (Final)

ICC 2017: India Vs Pakistan (Final)


Key players:

India’s top order has been in superb form so far, and they will be the key for India once again. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli have all been scoring with ease, while Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav come in as solid back-up for the opening trio. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah will look to strike early with the ball.

For Pakistan, pacer Mohammad Amir is fit to play again, and will once again be key to their hopes. Fellow fast bowler Hasan Ali has played well after the opening game, and will look to continue his run in the final. The likes of Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed and Fakhar Zaman will carry their batting hopes.

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21:59 hrs IST: Virat Kohli: The way they turned things around, it was amazing. They can upset anyone on their day. I have a smile on my face because I am very proud of the boys. Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us. They were more intense and more passionate. With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well. Even with the ball, they were very aggressive. Hardik played well.

21:55 hrs IST:Hasan Ali is the player of the tournament for his haul of 13 wickets. “I have learnt from the beginning that fitness is important. The tournament was good for me. I hope I continue like this.”

21:48 hrs IST: Azhar Mahmood: He (Hasan Ali) is a young guy and bowls with a big of heart. Every time he runs in, he wants to get a wicket. The attitude is brilliant. He is a match winner for us

21:46 hrs IST: Mickey Arthur: It has been an up and down ride. After the India game, we came back superbly. We knew we were better than that. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing. We wanted to be a lot more consistent. It has been a remarkable achievement. We have got a group of young players. We are on the right track, everything is going right at the moment

21:41 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik: It’s very hard to describe (the feeling). I guess the roads will be full (in Pakistan) and they’ll be celebrating even though it is Ramadan. I want to congratulate the Pakistani people. Things like this bring us united

21:38 hrs IST: Sarfraz with his kid and his wife are there to soak in the atmosphere. This is truly one of the best moments in this tournament so far. And this is the second time Sarfraz has achieved success on the big stage against India. In the 2006 U-19 World Cup, he led Pakistan to victory in the final against India.

21:37 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir: At the start, Kohli. Rohit and Shikhar.. they were in great form but I did it. To be honest, it is a teamwork. After the South Africa game, the way we played. That game gave us the momentum.

21:35 hrs IST: Imad Wasim: Nothing gets bigger than this. Seems like we are playing in Pakistan and thanks to all those who supported. I am sure the roads are full in Pakistan, people will be celebrating and I can’t wait to get back. We sat down together after the first game.

21:28 hrs IST: WICKET! Hasan Ali fittingly gets the third wicket and Pakistan have thrashed India by 180 runs to seal the Champions Trophy title. What a performance. What a comeback. This is like the vintage victory of 1992, only this time getting the better of India. Take a bow, Pakistan.

21:23 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Bhuvneshwar miscues the lofted shot but it lands safely at cover.

21:18 hrs IST: What a performance this is from Pakistan. No one would have expected this, especially considering that they are the No.8 side in the world.

21:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Pakistan are one wicket away from the title. Good length ball in the channel outside off, Ashwin wafts at it and the edge is taken by Sarfraz. What a performance.

21:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadeja departs and with that India’s hopes! Good length ball outside off, Jadeja goes for the cut and the edge is taken at first slip. Ravindra Jadeja c Babar Azam b Junaid Khan 15 (26).

21:05 hrs IST: WICKET! Tragedy! What a way for Pandya to go. Jadeja taps it to point and Pandya thinks about a single, but Jadeja is not interested and he is run-out. he is furious as he walks off. Hardik Pandya run-out 76 (43), India 152/7.

21:00 hrs IST: Another big six from Pandya. He is playing an absolute blinder. Pakistan are taking this too lightly one feels. Another six and Pandya is closing in on a ton.

20:54 hrs IST: Third six and it is Hardik Pandya’s 2nd fifty in ODIs. This is great hitting and he finishes the over with a crunching cover drive. 23 runs in Shahdab Khan’s sixth over and it has spoiled his figures totally.

20:50 hrs IST: Another massive six. Pandya sizes up on another flighted delivery and deposits it into the stands at deep mid wicket. Next ball, he follows up with another massive six over long on. This is great hitting.

20:46 hrs IST: Pandya gets India past 100. That was a poor ball from Shahdab as India stay afloat in this match. Can Pakistan finish the job?

20:42 hrs IST: Imad wasim is walking off the field. It looks like he has injured his ankle. Over will be completed by the centurion, Fakhar Zaman.

20:41 hrs IST: Pandya and Jadeja, along with Ashwin, are the last recognised batsmen in the Indian team. However, this could be too tall a task even for them.

20:36 hrs IST: WHAM! Shahdab tosses this delivery up, Pandya sizes it up and launches it over long on for a massive six. Some good hits are ensuring that India somehow stay afloat in the contest.

20:33 hrs IST: Brilliant shot from Hardik Pandya. Hasan Ali bangs a short ball on middle stump, Pandya uses the bat as a ramp and periscopes it to the third man fence. Some good shots being played.

20:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Kedar Jadhav horribly mistimes the pull shot and Sarfraz Ahmed runs to shortish cover and takes the catch. The whole Pakistan team roar. Kedar Jadhav c Sarfraz Ahmed b Shahdab Khan 9 (13).

20:29 hrs IST: Pandya cracks a pull shot to deep point. but, advantage Pakistan.

20:26 hrs IST: India bat deep but the situation is such that Pakistan can afford to relax slightly.

20:17 hrs IST: WICKET! Dhoni falls and India are in massive trouble. Short ball and Dhoni pulls it to deep square leg but Imad Wasim dives forward to take the catch. Pakistan are all over India like a rash. MS Dhoni c Imad Wasim b Hasan Ali 4 (16)

20:14 hrs IST: WICKET! Shahdab gets Yuvraj. The teenager forced Sarfraz to take the review and it is a great one. It pitched in line and it broke back in as it hit the pad first, umpire says not out but the review forces him to overturn the decision. Yuvraj Singh LBW Shahdab Khan 22 (31).

20:07 hrs IST: Dhoni has scored just one run in 10 balls. Maybe he is biding his time. These two veterans have a tall task.

19:56 hrs IST: Yuvraj greets Mohammad Hafeez with three boundaries as India aim to rebuild. India 47/3 after 10 overs. So far, it is Pakistan’s game but this Indian line-up bat pretty deep.

19:54 hrs IST: WICKET! Amir, you beauty. Good length cross-seamed ball in the zone outside off, Dhawan edges it to the keeper. Shikhar Dhawan 21 (22)

19:48 hrs IST: Dhawan slams two boundaries off Junaid Khan and the Indian contingent have found their voice. He now holds the key in this big chase.

19:43 hrs IST: Yuvraj is struggling to rotate the strike. Dhawan needs to take more of the strike if India are to make a move on.

19:38 hrs IST: Short and on middle stump, Yuvraj goes for the pull and gets a top edge that goes to the fine leg fence. Next ball, Junaid beats him with a ball that leaps up from the deck.

19:34 hrs IST: Another fine shot from Dhawan. He punches a length ball through the gap at cover for the second boundary in the over. However, the last ball is in the air but it is wide of the point fielder. Excellent spell this from Amir.

19:33 hrs IST: First boundary of the Indian innings. Short ball from Amir and Dhawan pulls it to long leg, one bounce over the ropes. That should settle the nerves.

19:31 hrs IST: Junaid Khan bowls a maiden. But, considering Kohli’s prowess while chasing, this situation is grave for India. Pakistan over the moon.

19:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive wicket. The Pakistan fans have gone berserk. Full ball and it holds its line on off stump, Kohli attempts the flick and the leading edge is taken at point. India in massive trouble at 6/2.

19:24 hrs IST: DROPPED! OMG! You cannot drop Kohli. He will make you pay. Hold on, he doesn’t.

19:20 hrs IST: Steady start for Junaid Khan as he concedes just two runs. India 4/1 in two overs.

19:18 hrs IST: Amir beats Kohli with a peach of a delivery that just nips back late outside off. Junaid Khan to start proceedings at the other end.

19:15 hrs IST: Brilliant work from Amir! He gets this delivery to straighten on the middle and leg stump line and Rohit is trapped in front. He is pumped up and Pakistan continue their great work.

19:10 hrs IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are out in the middle. Mohammad Amir will open the bowling. How will India approach this chase?

18:48 hrs IST: Fakhar Zaman: I got lucky with the no-ball. The experience has been very good. It is a final and versus India, I just enjoyed my evening. I wasn’t feeling well after the practice session yesterday but thanks to the physio I am here. He was me all through the night. I thought I wouldn’t be able to play but he convinced me. There was a bit of swing in the wicket and I was taking my time

18:43 hrs IST: Pakistan have ended up on 338/4, their highest total in the Champions Trophy 2017. What a performance. Pakistan have put themselves in a great position but with India’s power-packed batting line-up, one does not know what a good total will be.

18:39 hrs IST: Hafeez slams yet another six off Bhuvneshwar. The wide yorker is not working. Bhuvi just missed his length there.

18:36 hrs IST: Hafeez gets to his 32nd fifty but Bumrah has overstepped for the second time in this over and third time in the match. Can Pakistan reach 350?

18:29 hrs IST: The fifty-run stand is up between Imad and Wasim. Pakistan should try and get close to 350 now. However, Bhuvneshwar concedes five runs in the 48th over.

18:27 hrs IST: The innings break is fast approaching but the action does not stop. India vs Pakistan hockey is live. Follow live updates here.

18:25 hrs IST: Imad wasim blasts a full ball from Bumrah down the ground as Pakistan make great progress.

18:20 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar has been taken to the cleaners by Hafeez. He launches a length ball over deep mid wicket for his second six. 11 runs in Bhuvi’s eighth over as Pakistan cross 300.

18:16 hrs IST: 16 runs in Kedar Jadhav’s over. That experiment ends but now, the attention shifts to India vs Pakistan hockey clash. This is a double delight today.

18:14 hrs IST: In the air and just over! Hafeez lofts Kedar Jadhav over long on as Hardik Pandya attempts a reverse cupped catch but it goes over his head.

18:12 hrs IST: Pakistan are not far away from 300. What is important though that Hafeez must stay in the end if they are to reach a total in excess of 300.

18:10 hrs IST: Bumrah misses his line again. On the pads and Hafeez flicks it to the deep square leg fence for a boundary.

18:06 hrs IST: WICKET! Massive blow this. Jadhav floats this delivery up outside off and Azam miscues the lofted shot as Yuvraj Singh takes the catch at widish long off. Babar Azam c Yuvraj Singh b Kedar Jadhav 46 (52).

18:02 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar has figures of 7-2-20-1. He will bowl his remaining overs in the death as Pakistan continue to march towards 300.

18:00 hrs IST: Great batting from Hafeez. He comes down the track but Bhuvneshwar shortens the length, the batsman adjusts and wallops the pull to deep mid wicket for a boundary.

17:57 hrs IST: Jadeja once again leaks runs as Pakistan score 10 runs in the 41st over. Mohammad Hafeez has started off well with two boundaries.

17:55 hrs IST: 10 overs remain. Pakistan are 247/3. They must get to over 300 and possibly 350 if they have to put India under pressure.

17:53 hrs IST: WICKET! Bhuvneshwar removed Malik. Short ball outside off, Malik slaps it without any timing to deep cover and the catch is taken. Shoaib Malik c Kedar Jadhav b Bhuvneshwar Kumar 12 (16).

17:48 hrs IST: Kedar Jadhav has come on to bowl but he concedes seven runs in his first over.

17:40 hrs IST: Only 13 overs remain. Pakistan are 227/2. Azam holds the key now and he gets the over off to a great start with a boundary off Hardik.

17:38 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik gets into the action now. He comes down the track and hammers Jadeja inside out over deep extra cover for a boundary.

17:32 hrs IST: Attempted yorker from Bumrah but he bowls a full toss on the pads as Azam whips it to the deep square leg.

17:25 hrs IST: WICKET! Great catch by Jadeja. Zaman tries to slice it over backward point but Jadeja runs back and takes a great catch. Ends a fantastic knock from Zaman. Fakhar Zaman c Jadeja b Hardik Pandya 114 (106). Pakistan 200/2 after 33.1 overs.

17:22 hrs IST: Pakistan are 200/1 after 33 overs. The platform is now set for the final onslaught. If Azam gets his timing back, Pakistan can then think of going past 350.

17:19 hrs IST: Zaman is trying to be aggressive after going past 100 but he is mistiming the shot. However, he gets his timing right by launching Ashwin into the stands at deep mid wicket. Shades of Phil Hughes when he played that slog sweep.

17:14 hrs IST: Point to be noted! India might not be too disheartened by Zaman’s 100. In the history of the Champions Trophy, whenever a batsman has scored a 100 in the first innings, the team has lost.

17:12 hrs IST: Second drinks break. This is an excellent exhibition of batting from Fakhar Zaman. Remember this name. Can Pakistan go past 300 or will India strike at regular wickets?

17:09 hrs IST: Brilliant! Sublime! Take a bow, Fakhar Zaman. You are indeed a superstar. Flighted delivery and wide outside off, Zaman reaches out and thwacks the pull to deep square leg. Gets to a hundred off 92 balls. The Pakistan fans go berserk. This has been a great exhibition of batting.

17:05 hrs IST: Babar Azam is struggling to middle the ball. The partnership has reached fifty between Zaman and Azam with the left-hander contributing 40 of them.

17:02 hrs IST: Only one run in the 28th over. Ashwin pulls things back but things are far from ideal for India.

16:56 hrs IST: Should Kedar Jadhav be introduced into the attack? Kohli must try to get Zaman out at least.

16:54 hrs IST: 17 runs in Ashwin’s seventh over. Zaman is on 89*. The off-spinner’s figures currently read 7-0-53-0. Pakistan are 167/1 in 27 overs. A total of over 300 is on the cards.

16:53 hrs IST: Awesome batting from Zaman. He reaches out to a slow delivery and forehands it down the ground for another six. He has really accelerated it.

16:50 hrs IST: Brilliant batting. Jadeja tosses this delivery up and Zaman dances down the track to wallop it to the deep extra cover boundary. Pakistan are 151/1 after 26 overs.

16:48 hrs IST: Crunch! Zaman launches Jadeja over long on for a 96-meter six and next ball, he slaps a short ball to the deep backward point fence. That will get him going after the run-out of Azhar Ali.

16:46 hrs IST: India are pulling things back slowly here. After 25 overs, Pakistan are 134/1.

16:43 hrs IST: Babar Azam is the new batsman. Zaman has to stay calm if he has to build on Pakistan’s great start.

16:41 hrs IST: WICKET! Poor running. Azhar nudges it to mid wicket but the batsman is watching the fielder, but Bumrah dives and Azhar is sent back. Easy run-out and Pakistan lose their first wicket. Azhar Ali run-out 59 (71).

16:39 hrs IST: Appeal for a run-out but Zaman is safe. Good throw from Yuvraj.

16:35 hrs IST: Poor bowling this from Jadeja. Azhar pounces on two short and wide deliveries as Pakistan find the boundary on a regular basis. Pakistan are 125/0 after 22 overs.

16:29 hrs IST: Brilliant stuff from Zaman and Azhar as they bring up their fifties. This is Azhar’s 12th fifty while for Zaman, it is his third consecutive fifty. What a star this left-hander has become.

16:25 hrs IST: Cracking shot from Zaman again. Short and wide outside off from Jadeja, Zaman rocks back and crunches the square cut to the deep point fence.

16:23 hrs IST: Both batsmen are nearing fifties. India are trying to dry up the flow of runs. Pakistan are 103/0 after 19 overs. Not a huge run-rate though but it is decent for a final.

16:18 hrs IST: Fantastic shot from Zaman and Pakistan have crossed 100. Virat Kohli might be a bit worried.

16:16 hrs IST: Drinks are on the field. This is a dream start for Pakistan. India, for the first time, are under pressure.

16:11 hrs IST: In the air but safe! Short ball on leg stump, Azhar looks to pull to mid wicket but miscues it totally, one hand came off the bat handle as the ball lands safely. India are 93/0 after 17 overs.

16:09 hrs IST: This is now the highest opening stand for Pakistan in ICC events against India. The previous best was the 84-run stand between Aamer Sohail and Saeed Anwar in Bangalore in the 1996 World Cup.

16:04 hrs IST: Azhar survives a stifled LBW appeal as Zaman continues to attack the short ball. Good end to the over as Azhar Ali cracks a short and wide delivery to point. Pakistan 86/0 after 15 overs.

16:00 hrs IST: The partnership is moving on at steady pace. Ashwin is not finding either his line or length as Pakistan comfortably tackle him.

15:56 hrs IST: Bumrah continues to leak runs as his figures read 5-0-36-0. Pakistan are 74/0 after 13 overs.

15:52 hrs IST: Great news for badminton fans. Kidambi Srikanth wins the Indonesian Superseries with a 21-11, 21-19 win over Japan’s Kazumasa Saki. Magnificent stuff. Congrats.

15:51 hrs IST: Fine way to end the over. Zaman dances down the track and flicks it to deep mid wicket for a boundary. Pakistan are 69/0 after 12 overs.

15:48 hrs IST: Glorious shot from Zaman as he punches a full ball straight down the ground for another boundary. Pakistan are 63/0 after 11 overs.

15:47 hrs IST: Missed run-out! Azhar Ali nudges it to mid wicket and takes off for a quick single. Rohit Sharma has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. Azhar would have been a goner.

15:43 hrs IST: Inside-edge but safe! The quicker ball from Ashwin and Zaman hangs back on the crease, he gets an inside edge and it rolls to fine leg. Pakistan are 56/0 after 10 overs.

15:41 hrs IST: Another maiden over from Bhuvneshwar. His figures currently read 5-2-10-0. Azhar Ali brings up the 50-run opening stand with a sweep off Ashwin. India need to break this stand urgently.

15:36 hrs IST: THUMP! First six of the match as Azhar Ali launches Ashwin over long off. This is now a solid opening partnership.

15:35 hrs IST: Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack. Key period this for both Zaman and Azhar. Pakistan have to build on a strong start.

15:32 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar pulls things back with a tight over. However, on the second ball, Azhar Ali survived a close chance as the edge fell short of the bowler. Pakistan 38/0 after seven overs.

15:28 hrs IST: This is a confident start from Pakistan’s openers. Azhar Ali clips a full and slow ball on the pads to the deep square leg boundary and India are 36/0 after six overs. In Indonesia, Kidambi Srikanth has won the first game 21-11 in the final.

15:25 hrs IST: Edged and four! India’s bowlers are under pressure. Azhar Ali flashes hard and it races away to the third man boundary. Pakistan are 31/1 after 5.1 overs.

15:24 hrs IST: Zaman once again goes for the attack. He steps down the track and hacks a pull shot to the deep square leg boundary.

15:22 hrs IST: Bhuvi tries the bouncer and Zaman goes for the pull, but the ball clangs the helmet and goes away to the third man boundary for four leg-byes. The left-hander has a weakness for the short ball but he still goes for the shots.

15:20 hrs IST: Two boundaries in the over. First, Zaman courtesy an inside edge and Azhar Ali through a forehand slap down the ground. Pakistan 19/0 after four overs.

15:17 hrs IST: EDGED and TAKEN! India strike or have they? Fakhar Zaman edges an away-swinger from Bumrah to the keeper but he has overstepped. Wasted opportunity for India

15:11 hrs IST: Missed run-out chance! Zaman taps it to short cover and sets off for a quick single, the fielder swoops in and has a shy at the bowler’s end but misses. Zaman would have been a goner.

15:09 hrs IST: Steady start for Bumrah as well. Pakistan not showing any panic. After two overs, they are 3/0.

15:07 hrs IST: Today is father’s day and there has been plenty of posts about how the India vs Pakistan rivalry is like a father-son relationship. Many fans have called India the father of Pakistan.

15:05 hrs IST: Jasprit Bumrah opens the bowling from the other end to Fakhar Zaman. Survives a close LBW appeal first up but the ball was going down leg side.

15:03 hrs IST: Bhuvneshwar does not do a Zaheer Khan of 2003. He begins with a maiden. Some inswing and outswing on offer for Bhuvi.

15:01 hrs IST: Right, the Pakistani openers are out in the middle. Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali are opening the batting while Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts off proceedings with the ball.

14:55 hrs IST: The Indian national anthem is being played first, which will be followed by the national anthem of Pakistan. We are almost nearing action.

14:53 hrs IST: Mohammad Hafeez and Shikhar Dhawan are enjoying a wonderful moment as they laugh and chat. The teams are headed for the national anthems

14:47 hrs IST: Other than the mega-final in cricket, there is also the hockey match between India vs Pakistan in London. Plus, there is also the Indonesian Open final which will feature Kidambi Srikanth. Both will be covered here.

14:39 hrs IST: Here are the playing XIs of both the teams

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah

14:32 hrs IST: India win the toss and have opted to bowl versus Pakistan. Ravichandran Ashwin is fit for India and Kohli’s side are unchanged. Mohammad Amir is back for Pakistan, replacing Ruman Raees.

14:23 hrs IST: Just seven minutes to go for the toss. What should be the team’s strategy if they win the toss? Possibly bat first.

ICC 2017: India or Pakistan?

ICC 2017: India or Pakistan?


Pakistan’s turnaround in the Champions Trophy has been “magnificent”, said India captain Virat Kohli after his side set up Sunday’s final against their fierce rivals.

India eased to a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in Thursday’s semi-final.

Pakistan were comfortably beaten by defending champions India in their opening game but shocked hosts England in the first semi-final on Wednesday. “They’ve turned around things for themselves really well,” said Kohli.

After that opening defeat by India, Pakistan also beat number one-ranked side South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages before their eight-wicket victory over England to reach Sunday’s final at The Oval.

“They’ve beaten sides that looked really strong against them, but the belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team,” said Kohli.

Matches between India and Pakistan are the most-watched in cricket and generate some of the highest audiences in world sport, but the two sides have never previously faced each other in a global 50-over final. “Regardless of who you play in the final, it’s always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it’s a big game, then your mindset changes,” added Kohli.

“What we are going to try to do is repeat the similar sort of cricket that we have played so far, knowing the strengths and weaknesses they have.” Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 123 and Kohli added 96 not out as India serenely chased 265 to beat Bangladesh.

However, Bangladesh had looked set to post a much more challenging score at 154-2, only for Kohli to turn to the part-time off-spin of Kedar Jadhav. Kohli’s decision was vindicated as Jadhav removed both Tamim Iqbal (70) and Mushfiqur Rahim (61) during a tight spell by India’s spinners but the captain admitted that Jadhav’s two wickets were “a bonus.”

“With one left-hander batting, we knew that he had the ability to get in two or three dot balls to the left-hander every over, but it ended up changing the whole game for us,” said Kohli. He added that he could not “take the whole credit” as he also turned to advice from wicketkeeper and former captain MS Dhoni. “We both decided that Kedar is a good option at the moment, and he bowled really well. He doesn’t bowl much in the nets, but he’s a smart cricketer,” added Kohli.

‘We will be better next time’

Bangladesh reached their first global semi-final thanks to victory over New Zealand in the group stages but again struggled to take wickets, having claimed just 12 in the whole tournament. Captain Mashrafe Mortaza said his side also could not keep relying on Tamim, Mushfiqur, Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah for runs but added his young side will be ready to “do better” at the World Cup in 2019, also being played in England and Wales.

“We are coming up still, we need to learn so many things, but I think we need to be a little bit more ready mentally to play this sort of match,” said Mortaza.

“Once you are ready mentally, anything can be possible. I know next time the boys will learn.”

Will Mohammad Amir Play Final?

Will Mohammad Amir Play Final?


Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir is likely to be fit for selection for the Champions Trophy final against India on Sunday, after completing an entire training session at The Oval on Friday. A back spasm had ruled Amir out of the semi-final against England on June 14, after he failed a fitness test shortly before the toss.

Azhar Mahmood, Pakistan’s bowling coach, said Amir was fit but did not comment on whether the bowler would play on Sunday. “Amir bowled today. Amir is fit. We have not decided about (playing him),” Mahmood said on Friday.

Amir’s likely availability could leave Pakistan with a conundrum, albeit a happy one. Despite bowling well, Amir was wicketless in the first two league matches, against India and South Africa. In the semi-final, Amir was replaced by Rumman Raees, another left-arm fast bowler who made his ODI debut in the match; he shared the new ball with Junaid Khan and took 2 for 44 in Pakistan’s eight-wicket victory.

Along with Hasan Ali, who has emerged as Pakistan’s bowler of the tournament, the pair surprised England, dismissing one of the best batting units over the last two years for 211. Hasan, who suffered a calf niggle in the semi-final, did not train with the team on Friday but Mahmood stated that the bowler was rested as a precautionary move.

Mahmood pointed out that even if Amir were to sit out, it would not be an issue for Pakistan. “We have the bench strength. Last match when Amir was not there people were worried about our main strike bowler not playing. But the way Rumman Raees came in and bowled, it showed we have the bench strength. We have guys who have such skill and such an ability that they can perform on any stage. It is just a matter of self-belief and confidence. I think anyone can replace anyone.”

Amir has been a near-constant presence in the Pakistan XI since his return to international cricket at the start of 2016, playing 47 out of the side’s 57 international matches, across formats, in this period.

Mahmood stated that Pakistan would be happy to have a big player like Amir back for the final, pending his fitness. “When you go to a final, you want your experienced player, you want him to be fully fit and participating on that particular day. But (we have told him) if he has any doubt he should let us know. At the moment he bowled today. He is fine. Yeah, definitely you would go with Amir, but we don’t mind if Amir can’t play. If he is not fit, then we have to move on.”

ICC 2017: Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka Live

ICC 2017: Pakistan Vs Sri Lanka Live


The final league game of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is a winner takes it all encounter. Pakistan, who have been inconsistent, square off against Sri Lanka who has also not displayed consistency. The situation is simple for both teams. A win puts them into the semi-final while a loss eliminates them. The situation is slightly dire for Pakistan as a washout will also knock them out. Sri Lanka, buoyed by their victory over India in their previous game, will be aiming to repeat their performance and qualify for the semi-final.

Sri Lanka: Niroshan Dickwella(w), Danushka Gunathilaka, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews(c), Asela Gunaratne, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Thisara Perera, Suranga Lakmal, Lasith Malinga, Nuwan Pradeep

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Fahim Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Junaid Khan, Hasan Ali

LIVE UPDATES:

23:18 hrs IST: Pakistan will take on England in the first semifinal match on Wednesday.

23:11 hrs IST: After the match, Sarfraz Ahmed said – “First of all, thanks to the Almighty. I can’t believe it. Thanks to Amir, he played really well. I jus told him to play his game and not to worry about the score. That if we took it to the 40th over we would win. Drop catches are part of the game. Allah helped us and that’s why Pakistan won today.”

23:02 hrs IST: Pakistan have clinched the match by 3 wickets! Sarfraz Ahmed finishes with 61 off 79 balls.

22:57 hrs IST: This has been an inspired show by Sarfraz, but the batting will be a concern for the team ahead of their match against England. PAK 233/7

22:53 hrs IST: Pakistan looked in trouble after losing seven wickets, but the skipper has truly led from the front. PAK 222/7

22:50 hrs IST: Pakistan are just 18 runs away from victory!

22:47 hrs IST: A beautiful drive from Sarfraz Ahmed and it brings up his fifty! PAK 217/7

22:45 hrs IST: A wide ball from Lakmal and Sarfraz Ahmed gets his 3rd boundary! PAK 211/7

22:41 hrs IST: It’s all going terribly wrong for Sri Lanka. Another misfield and another boundary. PAK 205/7

22:39 hrs IST: Another catch miss for Sri Lanka! The fielding has really failed them today. PAK 199/7

22:38 hrs IST: Sarfraz Ahmed moves into the 40s. PAK 198 for the loss of 7 wickets.

22:34 hrs IST: 39 overs gone. Pakistan need 41 off 66 balls.

22:30 hrs IST: A mishit from Sarfraz and Thisara Perera misses an easy catching effort at mid-on. PAK 194/7

22:24 hrs IST: Another boundary for Sarfraz Ahmed as the fielder makes a mess of it in front of the boundary. PAK 192/7

22:21 hrs IST: A single takes the partnership to 25 runs. This is turning out to be extremely crucial for Pakistan. PAK 188/7

22:17 hrs IST: Sri Lanka gifts 4 runs in overthrows! It’s a comedy of errors at Cardiff! PAK 183/7

22:10 hrs IST: 34 overs gone. Pakistan are 173 for the loss of 7 wickets.

22:06 hrs IST: Sri Lanka are choking Pakistan right now with the batters struggling to score any run. PAK 168/7

22:01 hrs IST: It has been a woeful batting performance by Pakistan till now! PAK 166/7

21:56 hrs IST: OUT! Faheem Ashraf backed the run too much as the ball touched the bowler’s fingers and hit the non-striker end wicket for a run out. PAK 162/7

21:53 hrs IST: The pair of Sarfraz Ahmed and Faheem Ashraf is key to Pakistan’s chances in this match. PAK 162/6

21:48 hrs IST: The Sri Lanka frontline pacers have eight overs left. What will Mathews do? PAK 158/6

21:44 hrs IST: 28 overs gone.Pakistan are 157 for the loss of 6 wickets.

21:41 hrs IST: A boundary for Ashraf! This is getting interesting! PAK 150/6

21:38 hrs IST: The Pakistan fans are putting their hopes on Faheem Ashraf and he starts with a six! PAK 144/6

21:32 hrs IST: OUT! Nuwan Pradeep strikes again as Imad Wasim becomes his third victim. PAK 137/6

21:28 hrs IST: 25 overs gone. Pakistan are 132 for the loss of 5 wickets.

21:24 hrs IST: OUT! Fifth wicket goes down for Pakistan as Shoaib Malik is caught behind for 11, PAK 131/5

21:15 hrs IST: Maiden over from Malinga. Pakistan 124/4 after 23 overs.

21:12 hrs IST: 5 runs from Lakhmal’s over. Pakistan are 124/4.

21:10 hrs IST: Pakistan’s batsmen are going for some seriously tight singles here. Sri Lanka need to do better with hitting the stumps at such opportunities.

21:07 hrs IST: Malik and Sarfaraz take 8 rubs from Malinga’s over. Pakistan 119/4.

21:05 hrs IST: FOUR! Malinga strays a little too wide and Sarfaraz duly sends the ball through the off side field.

21:03 hrs IST: Excellent over from Lakhmal; just the one run and a wicket from it. Sri Lanka are 111/4 after 20 overs.

20:58 hrs IST: WICKET! Azhar Ali edges one to Mendis at slip who makes no mistake. Lakhmal gets his first wicket of the game.

20:56 hrs IST: Another tight over from Sri Lanka; just 4 off it. Pakistan 110/3 after 19 overs.

20:50 hrs IST: After 18 overs, Pakistan are 106/3.

20:42 hrs IST: OUT! Wickets are tumbling fast as Mohammad Hafeez departs. PAK 95/3

20:37 hrs IST: OUT! Pradeep strikes for Sri Lanka. Babar Azar departs for 10. PAK 92/2

20:30 hrs IST: A loud caught behind appeal from Thisara Perera, but was denied by the umpire.PAK 89/1

20:27 hrs IST: 14 overs gone. Pakistan are 87 for the loss of one wicket.

20:22 hrs IST: Babar Azam boasts of an ODI average of 54! PAK 80/1

20:19 hrs IST: Short, wide and punished by Babar Azam as he gets his first boundary. PAK 78/1

20:17 hrs IST: Babar Azam is the new batsman for Pakistan. PAK 74/1

20:15 hrs IST: OUT! Fakhar Zaman goes for the big one but is caught in the deep, PAK 74/1

20:14 hrs IST: Fifty for Fakhar Zaman! PAK 74/0

20:13 hrs IST: Deft touch by Zaman and the ball rushes to the boundary. PAK 73/0

20:11 hrs IST: Asela Gunaratne is introduced into the attack. PAK 68/0

20:09 hrs IST: 10 overs gone. Pakistan are 65 for no loss.

20:06 hrs IST: This is too easy for the openers as Zaman gets another boundary through the fine leg region. PAK 61/0

20:04 hrs IST: Length ball and Farhan Zaman gets the first six of his innings. PAK 57/0

20:00 hrs IST: 50 comes up for Pakistan in the 9th over with all 10 wickets remaining.

19:56 hrs IST: Zaman dances down the wicket and hits it straight down the ground for a boundary. PAK 41/0

19:53 hrs IST: A slower delivery and Azhar Ali hits it out of the ground! PAK 37/0

19:50 hrs IST: 7 overs gone. Pakistan are 31 for no loss.

19:47 hrs IST: Nuwan Pradeep is the new bowler for Sri Lanka. PAK 27/0

19:43 hrs IST: Azhar Ali joins the party with a boundary of his own. PAK 26/0

19:35 hrs IST: 4 overs gone. Pakistan are 19/0 with Fakhar Zaman getting his 4th boundary of the game.

19:32 hrs IST: This is turning out to be a very costly over. Zaman drives it through cover for another four. PAK 14/0

19:30 hrs IST: Back to back boundaries for Fakhar Zaman. PAK 10/0

19:23 hrs IST: No run conceded in the first over. PAK 0/0

19:22 hrs IST: Lasith Malinga to bowl the first over. PAK 0/0

19:00 hrs IST: The winner of this game will face England in the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal.

18:50 hrs IST: OUT! Sri Lanka’s innings comes to an end on 236 as Fahim Ashraf picks out the last wicket.

18:47 hrs IST: 2013 was the last time a Pakistan bowler delivered 3 or more maidens in an ODI, before Junaid Khan in this game. SL 235/9

18:43 hrs IST: OUT! That’s the end of Asela Gunaratne as he is caught in the deep off Hasan Ali. SL 232/9

18:40 hrs IST: At the end of the 48th over, Sri Lanka are 232/8 thanks to a late charge from Asela Gunaratne.

18:37 hrs IST: A dil-scoop from Gunaratne! SL 225/8

18:34 hrs IST: 46 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 218 for 8.

18:32 hrs IST: A reverse weep from Gunaratne, but the catch is put down by the fielder. SL 217/8

18:30 hrs IST: 45 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 214 for 8.

18:25 hrs IST: OUT! Hasan Ali gets the better of Suranga Lakmal as he is castled for 26. SL 213/8

18:22 hrs IST: Another boundary. This partnership is going great guns right now. SL 207/7

18:18 hrs IST: 200 comes up for Sri Lanka in the 43rd over. SL 200/7

18:18 hrs IST: 200 comes up for Sri Lanka in the 43rd over. SL 200/7

18:15 hrs IST: Asela Gunaratne and Suranga Lakmal have steadied the innings. SL 198/7

18:05 hrs IST: A good over by Imad Wasim as just 2 runs came off it. SL 184/7

18:02 hrs IST: 38 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 182 for the loss of 7 wickets.

17:54 hrs IST: Sri Lanka have lost 4 wickets in the matter of just 12 runs. SL 173/7

17:52 hrs IST: It was a straight one from Junaid Khan and Perera edged it to the slip fielder. SL 167/7

17:50 hrs IST: Another wicket goes down as Junaid Khan dismisses Thisara Perera. SL 167/6

17:47 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir has been brilliant in his second spell with two wickets to his name. SL 166/6

17:44 hrs IST: Brilliant catch by Sarfraz Ahmed, but the ball did hit the ground! The batsman is safe. SL 165/6

17:39 hrs IST: OUT! Second wicket for Amir as he dismisses Niroshan Dickwella! SL 162/6

17:35 hrs IST: OUT! Another wicket goes down. Dhananjaya de Silva is caught behind for 3 as Junaid Khan strikes again. SL 162/5

17:28 hrs IST: OUT! Finally the breakthrough for Pakistan! Mohammed Amir castles Angelo Mathews for 39. SL 161/4

17:23 hrs IST: Dickwella was beaten thrice in that over. Can Junaid Khan claim the all-important wicket? S: 162/3

17:21 hrs IST: Junaid Khan is back in the attack and he has been Pakistan’s best bowler till now. SL 161/3

17:18 hrs IST: 30 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 16 for the loss of 3 wickets.

17:15 hrs IST: Another one for Angelo Mathews! The Sri Lanka skipper is looking in prime form as he hits it to the long-on boundary. SL 155/3

17:14 hrs IST: A brilliant boundary for Angelo Mathews and Sri Lanka’s score goes past 150. SL 151/3

17:13 hrs IST: The partnership between Niroshan Dickwella and Angelo Matthews is 63 off 82 balls. SL 147/3

17:08 hrs IST: Sri Lanka were completely outplayed in their first game against South Africa, but the win over India will give them a lot of confidence. SL 140/3

17:03 hrs IST: A close shave for Angelo Matthews, but he was able to make his ground. SL 134/3

17:00 hrs IST: Angelo Matthews was brilliant against India and his team will be banking on him again to guide them to glory. SL 133/3

16:57 hrs IST: 24 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 124/3

16:55 hrs IST: Excellent over for Sri Lanka, as they take 12 runs off Ashraf. They are 118/3 after 23 overs.

16:50 hrs IST: FOUR! Mathews hits the first boundary in nearly 10 overs through the leg side.

16:48 hrs IST: SL 106/3 after a tight over from Hafeez.

16:43 hrs IST: 100 comes up for Sri Lanka in the 21st over. SL 102/3

16:40 hrs IST: Niroshan Dickwella brings up his fifty with a single. SL 97/3

16:35 hrs IST: 19 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 96/3

16:32 hrs IST: Sri Lanka came into the tournament with an ‘underdog’ tag and a win here can do wonders for this team. SL 91/1

16:25 hrs IST: 17 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 86 for the loss of three wickets.

16:21 hrs IST: Angelo Matthews is the new batsman for Sri Lanka. SL 83/3

16:18 hrs IST: OUT! Another wicket goes down as Faheem Ashraf takes the important wicket of Dinesh Chandimal. SL 83/3

16:12 hrs IST: OUT! Hasan Ali is the one to strike for Pakistan as he takes the wicket of Kusal Mendis. SL 82/2

16:10 hrs IST: Pakistan have lost just once against Sri Lanka in ICC tournament. SL 82/1

16:08 hrs IST: Niroshan Dickwella has played brilliantly till now and he is just 12 runs away from his half century. SL 81/1

16:00 hrs IST: A brilliant shot by Kusal Mendis and the ball rushes to the boundary. SL 70/1

15:59 hrs IST: Pakistan’s woeful performance continues as Babar Azam commits yet another misfielding. SL 66/1

15:53 hrs IST: Imad Wasim is bowling a straight one and without much movement, the Sri Lankan batters are looking very comfortable. SL 59/1

15:50 hrs IST: 50 comes up for Sri Lanka for the loss of one wicket.

15:44 hrs IST: India defeat South Africa by 8 wickets last night to guarantee their spot in the semifinals. The winner of this match will now face England in the semis. SL 40/1

15:39 hrs IST: 8 overs gone. Sri Lanka are 37 for the loss of one wicket.

15:35 hrs IST: The wicket has not bothered the Sri Lankan batters much as they continue to keep the scorecard ticking. SL 36/1

15:27 hrs IST: It was a weak shot from Danushka Gunathilaka and Shoaib Malik made no mistake in taking the catch. SL 26/1

15:24 hrs IST: OUT! Gunathilaka is the first person to go for Sri Lanka as Junaid Khan strikes! SL 26/1

15:18 hrs IST: After a superb over, Junaid suffers the downside as he concedes three fours in his over. Sri Lanka start well and have moved to 25/0 after four overs

15:16 hrs IST: CRACK! Superb shot from Gunathilaka. Short and wide from Junaid and the batsman pounces on the width and cracks it to the deep extra cover for a boundary.

15:12 hrs IST: Dickwella has started off well and Sri Lanka have started off steadily. Sri Lanka 12/0 after three overs.

15:08 hrs IST: Junaid Khan to partner Amir at the other end. He starts off with a maiden. Good swing on offer for the left-armer. Sri Lanka 4/0 with two overs.

15:03 hrs IST: Mohammad Amir opens the bowling. Niroshan Dickwella gets going with a boundary. Sri Lanka 4/0 in first over.

14:56 hrs IST: Time for the national anthems of both the nations. Conditions are overcast in Cardiff but there is no threat of rain for the moment. However, it is the UK weather, folks. It can be very fickle indeed.

14:50 hrs IST: Shoaib Malik is playing his 250th ODI for Pakistan. It seems he has been playing for so long. From his debut in 2000 till 2017, he has batted in all positions. Yes, even at No.11.

14:30 hrs IST: Pakistan have chosen to bowl vs Sri Lanka. Shadab Khan is not playing in this match for Pakistan.

14:25 hrs IST: All set for the toss. Looks like Dhananjaya de Silva will come in for Kusal Perera, who was ruled out due to a hamstring injury he sustained in the game against India at The Oval.

 

Virat Kohli Champions a Win for India

Virat Kohli Champions a Win for India


India captain Virat Kohli: “With bat and ball we were nine out of 10. In the field we were six today. “If we tune that up to eight or nine we will be a strong side, it was a very complete game for us.”

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: “It was in control in 40 overs but we lost the plot in the last eight overs. “I think we will sit together and talk about how to control our bowling rate and also our batting as well.”

An unbeaten 81 from captain Virat Kohli helped steer India to a comprehensive 124-run victory over Pakistan in the opening match of their Champions Trophy campaign at Edgbaston. Kohli’s big hitting – allied to a more patient 91 from opener Rohit Sharma and a blistering half-century from Yuvraj Singh – saw India post a daunting 319-3 from their rain-reduced 48 overs.

Pakistan, chasing a DLS-revised target of 289 off 41 overs, lost wickets at regular intervals, with only Azhar Ali threatening a substantial score.The result leaves India level on points with South Africa at the top of Group B, with their second of three group matches against Sri Lanka on Thursday.Pakistan meets South Africa in Birmingham on Wednesday, their struggle to 164 all out underlining how much they will have to improve to make the semi-finals.

It was a disappointingly, one-sided ending to a match which is regarded by many as the ‘biggest in sport’. India now have seven successive wins against their rivals in ICC tournaments. With 10 overs of their innings to go, India were 202-2, becalmed by smart bowling and two rain delays in quick succession. But with Pakistan losing bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz to injury and two straightforward catches going down, the India dream team of Kohli and Yuvraj were able to pile on the runs in stirring fashion.

Yuvraj, dropped badly on eight by Hasan Ali, accelerated to his half-century off just 29 balls, pulling one six from the top of off stump over deep mid-wicket and clubbing eight fours from the denuded attack. When he fell for 53, Kohli and Hardik Pandya took over, the India captain pulling Hasan over long-on for one six and then driving the same bowler over deep extra cover for six more. Kohli had been dropped himself on 43, but with a characteristic blend of power and panache went on to an unbeaten 81 garlanded by six fours and three sixes. A massive 89 runs came off the last 36 balls, 72 from the concluding four overs alone, Pandya hitting Imad Wasim for three consecutive sixes in the final over and Wahab hobbling off with figures of 0-87 off 8.4 overs, the most expensive in Champions Trophy history.

 

With all eight teams now having played one match, it is India who are unsurprisingly shaping up as the most potent threat to pre-tournament favourites England.

With power-hitters throughout the team and a bowling attack that never allowed Pakistan a realistic chance, they seldom looked in trouble on the ground where they won the trophy four years ago.

Ravindra Jadeja’s left-arm spin accounted for Azhar on 50 and Mohammad Hafeez for 33, while his direct hit from backward point ran out Pakistan’s other big hope Shoaib Malik for just 15.

The accuracy of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and pace of Umesh Yadav had tied Pakistan down early, with the unorthodox Jasprit Bumrah also economical on a pitch that had offered little during India’s innings. While their fielding was sometimes sloppy, the final margin was authoritative, a much-anticipated contest meandering to a close in the most one-sided fashion.

ICC 2017: India Vs Pakistan Live Updates

ICC 2017: India Vs Pakistan Live Updates


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

Live Cricket Score and Updates of Champions Trophy 2017 match between India vs Pakistan in Birmingham:

PAKISTAN INNINGS:

23.35 IST: Umesh Yadav was the best bowler for India, taking 3 for 30. Hardik Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja chipped in with a couple each. India didn’t field that well and the rain did threaten to play spoilsport but in the end, we had enough time for a result. A lot was expected from this contest but as has been the case in the last few years, it was another one-sided game.

23.33 IST: India have wrapped the game in fine fashion here. They had done most of the damage with the bat itself when they posted a par score on the board. The bowlers backed the good work. Azhar Ali was the lone man fighting for them with a fifty but he did not get any help from the rest as they kept losing wickets at intervals.

23.28 IST: OUT! Umesh removes Hasan Ali for a duck!

23.25 IST: OUT! Umesh removes Amir for 9. PAK 164/8, need 125 in 46 balls

23.16 IST: Kedar Jadhav dropped a sitter! Shortish delivery outside off, angling in, Shadab goes for an expansive pull but gets a top edge. It’s straight to Jadhav at covers, who gets underneath it, keeps himself composed but lets it go through. PAK 159/7, need 130 in 54 balls

23.09 IST: OUT! Pandya removes Sarfraz for 15. Another one bites the dust! Angles in a good length delivery just outside off, Sarfraz looks to dab to third man but only manages to get an outside edge which is snaffled by the keeper. The writing is on the wall now. PAK 151/7, need 138 in 41 balls

23.03 IST: OUT! Pandya removes Imad Wasim for 0. Golden duck for Imad Wasim! This is poor cricket from the Pakistani all-rounder. With his side in trouble, he hit the first delivery he faced, straight to the fielder. On a length and angling away, Imad stays tall and hits it on the up. Doesn’t keep it on the ground and it’s straight at the throat of Jadhav at short cover, who takes a good, sharp catch. PAK 135/6 in 27.3 overs, need 154 in 81 balls

22.57 IST: OUT! Jadeja removes Hafeez for 33. Hafeez holes out! Arm ball, sliding in, Hafeez gets down on one knee and looks to slog sweep but he too gets a top edge. The ball travels towards deep mid-wicket. Bhuvneshwar in the deep, runs to his left and this time completes the catch. PAK 131/5 in 26.3 overs, need 158 in 87 balls

22.48 IST: FOUR! Innovative! Jadjea slants it down leg, Sarfraz Ahmed kneels down and paddle sweeps it fine down the leg side for a boundary. PAK 123/4 in 25 overs, need 166 runs

22.45 IST: Shoaib Malik run out for 15. Great throw from Jadeja. Pakistan have lost their fourth wicket. Sarfraz Ahmed is the new man in. Bull’s eye from Jadeja! Don’t ever mess with his throwing arm and especially in that region. Big blow for Pakistan and they are now in a huge trouble. PAK 114/4 in 23.3 overs, need 175 in 17.3 overs

22.40 IST: SIX! Malik hits Jadeja for a maximum. Malik dances down the track. Jadeja sees that and drags his length back. Malik is not near the pitch of the ball but still goes through with his lofted shot. Connects it well and the ball sails over ropes for a maximum! PAK 113/3

22.37 IST: FOUR! dancing shoes are on! Fired in full outside off, Hafeez gets to the pitch of the ball and goes inside out over extra cover. Beats the long on fielder and the ball crosses the ropes. Hafeez getting a move on now!

22.35 IST: FOUR! Fine this time! Pandya gets his line wrong, angles it down the leg side. Malik just help it on its way and Yadav in the deep can’t stop it from reaching the fine leg fence. So, back-to-back boundaries for Pakistan! PAK 102/3 in 22 overs, need 187 runs

22.33 IST: FOUR! Nice shot to get off the mark! It’s full outside off, Malik extends his arms and drives it square of the wicket on the off side for a boundary.

22.29 IST: OUT! Jadeja removes Azhar Ali for 50. PAK 91/3 (20.5 overs), need 198 runs. Azhar Ali falls after fifty. This will hurt Pakistan’s tough chase. Jadeja gets his man! Soon after reaching his half century, Ali departs. Jadeja bowls a flatter arm ball. Ali gets down on one knee and looks to slog sweep but gets a top edge. The ball flies over backward square leg. Hardik Pandya at deep square leg, runs to his right and pouches it with ease near the ropes. The set man departs and the Indians are joyous.

22.20 IST: FOUR! Poor ball from Jadeja and punished! He drops it short, Hafeez does not miss out and pulls it through long leg for a boundary. PAK 87/2 in 19 overs

22.13 IST: FOUR! A boundary from Azhar Ali to end the over of Hardik Pandya. Shorter in length, Ali looks to ramp it to third man. There is a fielder there, who was brought finer but this time he gets it wide of him. Yuvraj covers good ground, going to his right. He looks to stop it but the ball still trickles over the fence. PAK 76/2 in 16 overs, 213 runs.

22.04 IST: Dropped! Bhuvneshwar puts down Azhar Ali! Angles it on a length, Azhar Ali comes down to go over mid off but the bat turns in his hands. Kumar comes in from long on, gets two hands to it but does not hold onto the chance. India has not fielded well at all. Two runs taken. PAK 64/2 in 14 overs

22.01 IST: Hardik Pandya has been introduced into the attack!

21.59 IST: Mohammad Hafeez is the new man in. A lot will depend on Hafeez today and Pakistan will hope that the professor takes them home.

21.58 IST: OUT! Umesh removes Babar for 8. PAK 61/2 (9 overs), need 228 runs in 28.4 overs. Umesh strikes! Short again, just outside off, Azam looks to cut it hard again but finds Jadeja at backward point. A very good catch that, given the fielding standards so far in the game. Pakistan would have hoped for more from their talented batsman.

21.50 IST: Maiden over from Umesh Yadav. PAK 51/1 in 11 overs, need 238 runs.

21.42 IST: FOUR! Hit away! Shorter length outside off, Azhar Ali gets under it and ramps it over the keeper for a boundary. Bumrah has struggled with his lengths here. 50 up for Pakistan. PAK 51/1 in 10 overs, 238 runs

21.41 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar removes Ahmed Shehzad for 12. PAK 47/1 (9 overs), need 242 runs. First strike for India! Angles it on a good length, Shehzad looks to clip but is hit on his pads. The players go up in an appeal and the umpire rules it in favour of the bowler. Shehzad comes over to have a chat with his partner but they decide against the review. Was it outside the line or going over the stumps? Let’s wait for the Ball Tracker. Replays show three reds and hence, it was a good decision. Babar Azam walks out to bat.

21.39 IST: FOUR! Full and outside off, Ali presents the full face of the bat and gets it past a diving mid off for a boundary.

21.37 IST: Direct Hit and Ali would have been a goner! Angles it on a length, Azhar taps it to covers for a single. Hardik Pandya gets to the ball and looks to score a direct hit at the bowler’s end but misses. Ali had given up after almost colliding with the bowler. Could Pandya have taken more time to hit the stumps? PAK 38/0 in 8 overs

21.36 IST: FOUR! Up and over! Fuller and outside off, Ali gets under it and launches it over the mid on fielder for a boundary.

21.33 IST: Bhuvneshwar Kumar gives away 5 runs in his fourth over. PAK 32/0 in 7 overs

21.31 IST: FOUR! Crashed! Short and wide outside off, Ali throws the kitchen sink at it and gets it between point and covers for a boundary.

21.29 IST: Jasprit Bumrah is the first change.

21: 25 IST: Four bowlers can bowl 8 overs, 1 bowler can bowl 9 overs. Powerplay 1 (1-8), Powerplay 2 (9-33), Powerplay 3 (34-41). That is for the updated playing conditions. The players are back out in the middle. Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad to continue batting. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to complete his over.

21.20 IST: The rain has stopped. The covers are coming off. Play to resume at 16:55 local time. The target for Pakistan is 289 in 41 overs. So, 267 runs needed from 36.1 overs. We have lost seven overs for the break.

20.55 IST: Oh dear! The drizzle is back now and the players are going off the field. Pakistan needs 302 more runs in 43.1 overs (By DLS method). Let’s hope the rain clears soon and we get back on the field.

20.48 IST: FOUR! Azhar Ali hits a boundary off Umesh to end the over. Shorter in length on the stumps, Ali hooks it down to the square leg fence. This is a sedate start for Pakistan. PAK 21/0 in 4 overs

20.45 IST: Good over from Bhuvneshwar. He gives away just 5 runs. PAK 15/0 in 3 overs

20.39 IST: FOUR! Flashed! Umesh bowls it shorter outside off, Shehzad goes after the width and gets it past point for a boundary. PAK 10/0 in 2 overs

20.37 IST: Right-arm pacer Umesh Yadav comes into the attack.

20.36 IST: Bhuveshwar gives away just 4 runs. PAK 4/0 in 1 over

20.30 IST: We are back for the chase. Azhar Ali to open with Ahmed Shehzad. Pakistan will need a healthy partnership first up to chase this huge total down. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start the proceedings with the first new ball. A couple of slips in place. Here we go…

INDIA INNINGS:

20.15 IST: Meanwhile, India’s score has been revised to 323 and Pakistan have now a target of 324 runs.

20.03 IST: India finish with 319/3 in 48 overs vs Pakistan. Kohli (81*), Rohit (91), Yuvraj (53)

20.00 IST: SIX! Hat-trick of maximums! Pandya expecting the ball to slide in, gets across and slogs it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Pandya is on fire. Can he make it six in six?

19.58 IST: SIX! Another one! Once again Wasim fires it full outside off and Pandya smashes it over long off for another half a dozen. Can he keep it going?

19.57 IST: SIX! Pandya power! Full outside off, Pandya bends his back knee and tonks it over long off for a maximum. That was a clean hit!

19.56 IST: SIX! That’s some shot! Full outside off and Kohli lofts it over extra cover for a biggie. That was struck beautifully. IND 296/3 in 47 overs

19.55 IST: FOUR! Creamed! Very full around off, Kohli just creams it over extra cover for a boundary.

19.54 IST: OUT! Yuvraj out LBW for 53. IND 285/3 in 46.2 overs. Decision overturned! Plumb! Almost a yorker in the line of the stumps, Yuvraj fails to dig it out and gets hit low on the pads. The players appeal but it’s turned down. After a discussion with his bowler, Sarfraz takes the review. There was a slight noise of bat being involved. It was of the bat being hit on the ground as shown by the Hot Spot. The Snicko doesn’t detect any edge and the Hawk Eye shows that Yuvraj was plumb. The dangerous southpaw has to depart. End of the 93-run stand off 58 balls.

19.45 IST: FOUR! Top edged! Shorter in length on the stumps, Yuvraj looks to pull but gets a top edge over the head of the keeper for a boundary. That is a fifty for him, in just 29 balls. And not to forget, he was dropped on 8.

19.43 IST: SIX! Clean as a whistle! Kohli into an overdrive! Fuller and on the stumps, Kohli gets under it and just launches it over long on for a maximum. What a strike.

19.42 IST: FOUR! Wahab Riaz bowls it around off, Kohli gets under it and just whips it over the mid-wicket fielder for a boundary. He has picked up pace now.

19.42 IST: FOUR! Yuvraj finishes the over with a boundary! IND 264/2 in 45 overs

19.41 IST: SIX! Fifty for Virat Kohli off 51 balls. Gets there with a six off Hasan Ali. IND 260/2 in 44.4 overs

19.40 IST: FOUR! Yuvraj has got a special liking for Hasan Ali. This time the southpaw hits from for a boundary to long on.

19.38 IST: DROPPED! Fahim Ashraf puts down Virat Kohli in the deep. IND 247/2 in 44 overs

19.34 IST: Bad news for Pakistan fans as Mohammed Amir has injured his calf muscle. He can’t continue his over. Wahab Riaz to complete the over.

19.31 IST: SIX! What a shot from Yuvraj! The man is on song! Short delivery and Yuvraj latches onto it in a flash. Pulls it over backward square leg for a huge biggie. He is playing a gem of a cameo. 12 runs off the over! IND 242/2 in 43 overs

19.31 IST: Four! Yuvraj hits Hasan Ali for a glorious straight drive. Full outside off, Yuvraj smashes it past his partner. Even the long off fielder can’t cut it off with a dive. That’s a smashing hit.

19.26 IST: FOUR! Vintage Yuvraj Singh! What a shot! He just effortlessly pulled Mohammed Amir for a glorious boundary. IND 229/2 in 42 overs

19.23 IST: Mohammed Amir is back into the attack! Amir has not picked wickets but he has bowled well today.

19.21 IST: FOUR! Lucky boundary for Yuvraj off Hasan Ali. He nearly got rid of Yuvraj there! He bowls a superb yorker outside off, the southpaw digs it out at the very last moment. Gets a bottom inside edge and the ball whiskers past the off pole and races to the fence. IND 222/2 in 41 overs

19.18 IST: FOUR! A boundary for Yuvraj Singh off Wahab Riaz to end the over. Crunched! Slower delivery outside off, Yuvraj picks it up and spanks it through covers for a boundary. Riaz is proving very expensive today. IND 213/2 in 40 overs

19.14 IST: DROPPED! Hasan Ali puts down Yuvraj Singh on 8. It was an easy catch. Shadab bowls a googly around off, Yuvraj dances down and looks to loft it down the ground. However, he fails to make a proper connection and ends up mistiming it over mid off. Hasan Ali, at long off, gets under the ball catches it but as he slides, spills the ball down. Oh dear, this can prove very costly to Pakistan. IND 206/2 in 39 overs

19.09 IST: FOUR! Yuvraj brings up India’s 200 with a boundary off Wahab Riaz. After going short, Riaz goes for the yorker around off but misses his length by a touch and Yuvraj flicks it through mid-wicket. Wasim tries to chase it down but comes second to the ball. IND 202/2 in 38 overs

19.08 IST: Big jolt for India as Rohit, who was set, got run out for 91. With Yuvraj Singh joining Virat Kohli in the middle, India will look to up the ante now. However, Yuvraj needs to score quickly.

19.02 IST: OUT! Rohit Sharma run out for 91! Rohit failed to ground his bat there. Kohli stays back and with soft hands defends square of the wicket on the off side. IND 192/2 in 36.3 overs

18.59 IST: SIX! Wahab Riaz goes short this time and Rohit latches onto it in a flash and pulls it over square leg for a maximum. He is gaining his momentum back. IND 189/1 in 36 overs

18.58 IST: FOUR! All class from Rohit. Wahab bowls a length delivery outside off and Rohit stands tall and drives it on the up through the gap between mid off and covers for a boundary.

18.56 IST: Kohli and Rohit now need to plan their innings. With 9 batsmen remaining in the line-up, one of them has to take some chances.

18.55 IST: A good over from Shadab Khan. He gives away just 2 overs. IND 176/1 in 35 overs

18.50 IST: Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli will look to accelerate the run-rate as the match has been reduced by two overs. IND 174/1 in 34 overs

18.49 IST: Play has resumed after the second rain interruption. It will be a 48-overs-a-side match.

PLAY RESUMES, INDIA VS PAKISTAN MATCH REDUCED TO 48 OVERS A SIDE

18.45 IST: Good news from Birmingham! The players are seen warming up and the sky has a clear look now. Play to resume anytime soon.

18.39 IST: BAD NEWS! We were just minutes away from the start of play and the Rain Gods decided to interrupt again in Birmingham! FYI, we will start losing overs from here on. The pitch is under the hover-cover. This is the last thing we wanted to hear!

18.33 IST: The rain has stopped and the umpires are done inspecting. They are happy with the situation. It will be a 49-overs-a-side match.

18.25 IST: Good news, guys! The rain has eased down in Birmingham and play will resume at 18.40 IST.

18.12 IST: Pakistahasve managed to restrict the run flow as they have given just 15 runs in the last 5 overs. They would hope for the rain to continue a bit longer as that would reduce the overs for India. But let’s just hope for the rain to stop quickly.

18.05 IST: Oh dear! Not again! The Rain Gods have once again decided to play the spoilsport in Birmingham and the match has been stopped. The groundsmen are back with the covers and the super soppers. India are 173/1 in 33.1 overs. The stand between Rohit and Kohli is worth 37.

18.00 IST: Hasan Ali bowls a great over. He gives away just 2 runs. IND 173/1 in 33 overs.

17.54 IST: Bollywood superstar Ranveer Singh joins Sunil Gavaskar and Virender Sehwag in the commentary box at Edgbaston. He says the atmosphere is electric out there. IND 171/1 in 32 overs

17.52 IST: Another good over for Pakistan as Hasan Ali gives away just 1 run. IND 163/1 in 31 overs

17.47 IST: Good over from Amir in his comeback spell. He gives away just a single. IND 162/1 in 30 overs

17.45 IST: Mohammed Amir comes into the attack! This is the battle we all were waiting for! It will be interesting to watch how Kohli plays his old nemesis. Meanwhile, Amir will be hoping to get the better of the Indian captain and break this stand.

17.43 IST: Shadab Khan gives away 4 runs in his 7th over. IND 161/1 in 29 overs

17.39 IST: FOUR! Deft Touch! Straighter delivery outside off, Virat Kohli crouches low, lets the ball to come to him and then opens the face of the bat to guide it fine to the third man fence. Superb batting! IND 157/1 in 28 overs

17.35 IST: Rohit Sharma is on 70 – his highest against Pakistan in all ODIs. IND 149/1 in 27.2 overs

17.29 IST: Finally, a success for Pakistan in the form of Dhawan’s wicket! IND 138/1 in 25 overs

17.27 IST: OUT! Dhawan out for 68! IND 136/1 in 24.3 overs. Picked out the fielder! Shadab bowls it on the stumps, it a full toss, Dhawan comes down and looks to go big over mid-wicket. He though finds the fielder in the deep and that is the breakthrough for Pakistan. Dhawan departs after a good knock though.

17.24 IST: FOUR! Brilliant batting! Fuller on the stumps, Dhawan gets outside the line and sweeps it fine to the fine leg fence for a boundary. IND 136/0 in 24 overs

17.22 IST: Shadab gives away 4 runs in his 4th over. IND 129/0 in 23 overs

17.18 IST: Shoaib Malik gives away just 4 runs. IND 125/0 in 22 overs

17.16 IST: Right-arm off-break Shoaib Malik comes into the attack.

17.15 IST: Brilliant over for India. Shadab Khan gives away 11 runs. IND 121/0 in 21 overs

17.13 IST: SIX! Brilliant shot! Fuller on middle, Dhawan comes down the track and just clobbers it over mid-wicket for a maximum. These two are going after the bowling now. That was the wrong one.

17.12 IST: Played Dhawan! Fuller outside off, slower in pace, Dhawan drives it through point. There is a fumble and it allows him a couple of runs. Dhawan too gets to his fifty.

17.10 IST: FOUR! BOOM! Short and wide outside off, Dhawan spanks it over the point region for a boundary. The boundaries are starting to flow now for India.

17.08 IST: FOUR! Poor line and punished! Fuller on the pads, Dhawan clips it through the fine leg region for a boundary.

17.07 IST: FOUR! Flashed! Shorter in length just outside off, Dhawan waits for it and just flashes at it. He gets it down to third man for a boundary.

17.06 IST: SIX! Played Rohit! Shadab drops it short just around off, Rohit goes back and pumps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. He was out from the game for sometime but has announced his arrival in England. IND 95/0 in 19 overs

17.03 IST: A good over from Wahab Riaz! He gives away 3 runs. IND 87/0 in 18 overs

SACHIN TENDULKAR COMES TO THE STADIUM TO WATCH INDIA VS PAKISTAN MATCH

Little master Sachin Tendulkar is there at Edgbaston and the moment he was shown on the giant screen, the crowd erupts in joy. The maestro is seen with Niranjan Shah, enjoying the proceedings of the match. He much be very excited to see an India vs Pakistan clash. Tendulkar has been part of many such clashes in the past and has a great record against the arch-rivals.

16.59 IST: Another good over for India. Shadab gives away 5 runs as IND 84/0 in 17 overs

16.57 IST: Right-arm leg break bowler Shadab Khan comes into the attack.

16.56 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Short and wide outside off, Dhawan gets under it and ramps it over point for a boundary. That is a shot in confidence by Shikhar. He loves to go over the off side. Good over for India! IND 79/0 in 16 overs

16.55 IST: FOUR! Up and over! Slants it fuller and outside off, Rohit gets under it and drives it on the up over mid off for a boundary.

16.54 IST: Fuller on the stumps again, clipped through backward square leg for a single. Dhawan wants the second but Rohit slips as the throw comes in. The keeper gets to the stumps and looks to deflect it onto the stumps but misses. That could have been close.

16.53 IST: Almost a return catch! Wahab bows it fuller on the stumps, Dhawan looks to clip it but gets a leading edge just wide of the bowler. A single taken.

16.52 IST: Hasan Ali brings an unpredictability factor to his bowling. The Indian batsmen have not seen him much. IND 66/0 in 15 overs

16.47 IST: Good over from Wahab Riaz to start with. He gave away just 3 runs. IND 62/0 in 14 overs

16.43 IST: Left-arm pacer Wahab Riaz is introduced into the attack! Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed will hope for the same hostile spell from Wahab that he bowled against Australia in the 2015 ICC World Cup. Wahab’s best bowling figures are against India – 5/46.

16.42 IST: A decent over from Hasan Ali. Gave away just 4 runs. IND 59/0 in 13 overs

16.40 IST: Must say that it is an example of defensive captaincy from Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed. He had a chance to unsettle the Indian batsmen after the rain delay by deploying the fast bowers. However, he didn’t do that and instead continued with Imad Wasim, giving an opportunity to the Indian batsmen to settle down.

16.38 IST: Imad Wasim gives away 3 runs off his 6th over. IND 55/0 in 12 overs

16.35 IST: Fifty up for India in 11 overs. IND 52/0. Rohit 29*, Dhawan 21*

16.33 IST: No Ball from Hasan Ali! Free-hit for India. Rohit Sharma is on strike!

16.31 IST: Imad Wasim floats it outside off, Rohit comes forward and defends it. IND 46/0 in 10 overs. END OF FIRST POWERPLAY

16.30 IST: The players are back out in the middle for the game. The two Indian openers will hope to build on this start. Imad Wasim to complete his over.

PLAY RESUMES AFTER RAIN INTERRUPTION IN INDIA VS PAKISTAN MATCH

16.20 IST: GOOD NEWS! The rain has relented and the covers are coming off. Play will resume at 1200 local time. No overs lost for now.

16.05 IST: BAD NEWS! It is still raining in Birmingham. Satellite images show a cover of dark clouds hovering over the ground. Fans would expect mercy from the Rain Gods.

15.54 IST: The rain looks to have settled. India would be disappointed with the proceedings as they were just starting to open up. Pakistan won’t mind it at the all. Will we have the next update in an hour’s time, at 1215 local time. Stay tuned.

15.49 IST: The rain interruption might be a reason to worry for India as the break may cause a lapse in concentration of the Indian openers. Both Shikhar and Rohit were slowly getting settled after a hostile spell of bowling from Mohammed Amir. According to the commentators, it might just be a passing shower.

15.41 IST: Oops! RAIN DISRUPTS PLAY! As expected the rains have arrived and the players are going off. There was rain forecast and it has not let itself down. Let’s hope it clears up soon and we are back on the field as early as possible. Stay tuned for more updates. IND 46/0 in 9.5 overs

15.39 IST: FOUR! Tonked! Fires it just outside off, Dhawan sits low and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket for a boundary. Could be the signs of things to come now.

15.37 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot! Shorter outside off, Rohit rides the bounce and gets it past the diving point fielder for a boundary. Superb shot, that. IND 37/0 in 9 overs

15.35 IST: Right-arm medium pacer Hasan Ali introduced into the attack.

15.34 IST: Imad Wasim gives away 5 runs off his fourth over. IND 32/0 in 8 overs

15.31 IST: Imad Wasim comes to bowl his fourth over. He has been tight so far, not giving too many opportunities to the Indian openers.

15.30 IST: It has been a good start for India so far. Both the openers struggled at the start but now they are slowly getting into an attacking mode. IND 27/0 in 7 overs

15.26 IST: FOUR! Just wide! Amir slants it outside off, Rohit looks to guide it square of the wicket but gets an outside edge which flies just wide of the first slip. Azhar dives to his right but cannot get a hand to it. Another boundary for Rohit.

15.24 IST: FOUR! Poor ball and punished! Imad Wasim bowls it shorter outside off and Rohit stays back and punches it on the up past the diving cover fielder for a boundary. IND 21/0 in 6 overs

15.20 IST: FOUR! Top edged! Shorter in length and with the fine leg up, Rohit was always going to go for the pull. He is a good puller of the ball and he gets it of the top edge over short fine leg for a boundary. IND 15/0 in 5 overs

15.18 IST: This is the fascinating thing about India vs Pakistan game. You can’t lose interest at any point of time. IND 9/0 in 4 overs

15.15 IST: Amir gives away 2 runs off his second over. IND 5/0 in 3 overs

15.12 IST: Rohit Sharma opens the face of the bat and gets a single off Amir. Full outside off, Rohit drives it through covers for a couple of runs. That was well timed by him. Shadab looked to chase it from extra cover but when he was collecting he slipped and so did Malik coming from mid off.

15.10 IST: Wasim gives away 3 runs off his first over. IND 3/0 in 2 overs

15.09 IST: Wasim bowls a shorter outside off, Dhawan gets across and cuts it towards point. The fielder at point fumbles and allows it through him. A couple of runs taken.

15.08 IST: Okay, a surprise move from Pakistan. Imad Wasim to bowl with the second new ball from the other end. Interesting.

15.06 IST: What a beautiful first over from Amir. First four balls went away from Rohit Sharma while the fifth came in which left the Indian opener surprised. Amir ends with a maiden over. IND 0/0 in 1 over

15.02 IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to open the innings for India. Meanwhile, Mohammed Amit to start the proceedings for Pakistan.

14.57 IST: The Edgbaston Cricket Ground is a packed house today and it looks like a sub-continental locality. The crowd is making a lot of noise. Surely, it will be a cracker of a match.

14.56 IST: Time for the National Anthems of both the countries.

14.50 IST: Both the teams are making their way into the ground. The players will pay homage to the people who lost their lives in the dreadful London terror attacks last night.

14.45 IST: Captain’s Talk:

Sarfraz Ahmed: I will bowl. Good pitch, won’t change in the second innings as well. As a team, we will hopefully do well in this big tournament. I think India-Pakistan is a special game, so hopefully we will play a free game (freely). Our batting is very much better; we are scoring 300s, so hopefully we will do well. Fahim Ashraf is not playing; Shadab Khan is in.

Virat Kohli: It is a big game. I think the side batting second will have pressure. Pretty good wicket, so will stay even throughout. The wicket is nice and hard, so the fast bowlers can come in at any time of the day. Will look to use our main strength, that is batting. It’s just a game of cricket for me anywhere in the world. It’s not about one individual, and all eleven are as good as each other. If anyone takes any of us lightly, they can take the game away. As I said, we need a complete performance and today is no different. Guys feel normal, the preps are normal (about the IndoPak game). The fact that we don’t play them often is there, but their team hasn’t changed much, so we have our plans set in place. The five bowlers are Bumrah, Yadav, Bhuvneshwar and Jadeja, and Hardik is the all-rounder.

14.40 IST: Playing XIs:

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed (wk/captain), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali

14.30 IST: TOSS! Pakistan win the toss and opt to bowl vs India.

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