Arthur: We just do the basics wrong

Ellen Mills
June 6, 2017

VETERAN spinner Harbhajan Singh feels that India could not have hoped for a better start to their Champions Trophy campaign as they thrashed Pakistan to register 124-run victory at Edgbaston.

Rohit Sharma led the Indian charge with 91, while captain Virat Kohli continued his impressive form by hitting 81 off 68 balls. But while doing so, Dhawan was caught at deep mid-wicket by Azhar Ali off Shadab Khan in the 25th over, breaking their 136-run partnership.

Chasing a revised target of 289 runs, Pakistan were all out on 164 runs in 33.4 overs.

In bat, Pakistan were unable to cope with Ravindra Jadeja's bowling (2-43, claiming Azhar Ali and Hafeez) and his brilliant fielding, including the important wicket of Shoaib Malik, run out for 15.

Pakistan cricket team have been dealt with a huge blow as pace spearhead Wahab Riaz has been ruled out of the Champions Trophy 2017 due to an injury, the PCB said on Monday.

Viv Richards and Brian Lara, appearing on the state- owned PTV sports, said India were always favourites to win the match.

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

Not just the big defeat, there were also concerns in the Pakistani camp over the fitness of several players like Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.

India have begun the defence of their ICC Champions Trophy with an impressive win against Pakistan at Edgbaston. "India needs to play him carefully, especially when he's armed with the new ball".

"I felt like a club batsman while playing alongside Yuvi, the way he was hitting the ball". Yuvraj - as Kohli pointed out after the match - is a game changer.

Apart from the top order, all-rounder Hardik Pandya's cameo (20 runs in six balls) was also useful.

Incoming batsman Yuvraj Singh, true to his reputation, started thrashing Pakistani bowlers all around. The 37-year-old, who announced his worldwide retirement earlier this year, also said heaped praise on Virat Kohli's men, saying that Men in Blue lived up to their tag of tournament favourites.

There were questions when Yuvraj was called up for the England series in January - a return to one-day global cricket after three years. They play spin really well, and majority are right-handers.

"We were in control for 40 overs but we lost the plot in the last eight overs", the wicket- keeper added after what was the opening Group B match for both the Asian giants in a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global teams.

While India were clinical with both the bat and ball, their fielding left a lot to be desired, and Pakistan were worse than the men in blue, giving Yuvraj Singh three lives, besides being sloppy with ground fielding.

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