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India Beat Pakistan by 124 Runs, Man of the Match Yuvaraj Singh

Kohli’s master-class from 68 balls helped India post 3-319 in their 48 overs, after their innings had desperately needed a spark.But the rest of the Pakistan batsmen seemed to buckle under pressure and failed to rise to the challenge. None of the batsmen had the temperament to build a partnership. He scored 33 off 43 balls with two hits to the fence.Yadav finished things off with two wickets in three balls by removing Mohammed Amir for nine and Hasan for a duck to earn the Indians a massive win by 124 runs as they bowled their rivals out for 164 to get off to a ideal start in the tournament.”Let’s get something straight first off. Wahab Riaz was fully fit”.Put in to bat first in a rain-hit encounter, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a flawless start as the duo not only blasted half-century each but they 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.Known for his ability to play big roles in big tournament, this match winning performance against the archrivals Pakistan is a ideal icing on the cake for the Punjab southpaw.”Pakistan suffers shameful defeat at the hands of India in Champions Trophy, Green Shirts fail in every department”, said Jang, Pakistan’s highest-circulation newspaper. We drop simple catches. The 36-year-old strongly believes that the men in blue will be unstoppable if they continue to play this brand of cricket.After nearly a 40-minute holdup, with the scoreboard reading 46 runs in 9.5 overs, India regrouped their strategy and started counter-attacking.Rohit and Dhawan displayed some brilliant shots in order to boost the run rate.Yuvraj Singh slammed a quickfire half-century to give India the late surge.Soon, in the very next over, Dhawan also brought up his 50 with a fine shot at backward point.Pakistan’s Shoaib Malik is run out by Ravindra Jadeja.Dhawan was dismissed when he lofted legbreak bowler Shadab Khan to Azhar Ali. Kohli had wanted the single but misjudged the speed of Babar Azam’s reactions.Afridi, a former Pakistan captain, said his country’s drab show last night took away all the excitement from what was expected to be a high-voltage Group B encounter. What was special about Yuvraj’s knock was the way he used the depth of the crease. Kohli and Hardik Pandya then stroked 34 runs off the remaining 10 balls to take India to a formidable total.”I feel that our batsmen are short on the skills side and freeze under pressure”.Indian captain also admired Pandya who not only made a quick 20 runs on off just 6 balls but also picked 2 wickets in the opening match in Champions Trophy.