Having given Pakistan an eight-wicket defeat, India have proved that they are the most-deserved team to lift the Champions Trophy title. On the other hand, the tournament has turned out to be a nightmare for Pakistan who could not win even a single competition, while India have won the all three.

[caption id="attachment_1643" align="alignright" width="300"]India not only bowled and batted brilliantly, their fielding also remained excellent as evident in this picture (Photo: AFP) India not only bowled and batted brilliantly, their fielding also remained excellent as evident in this picture (Photo: AFP)[/caption]

Fans’ interest in the match had already faded away as it did not have any consequences for both teams. Moreover, rain added insult to injury. Frequent interruptions because of rain reduced Pakistan’s innings to 40 overs, while India’s target was revised several times to finally settle down at 102 in 22 overs which they chased down at the loss of two wickets like a piece of cake.

Pakistan’s innings was customary as their top-order failed, the middle-order produced just one reasonable partnership and afterwards the while team was reduced to a low score.

Nasir Jamshed and Kamran opened Pakistan’s innings after India put the green shirts into bat after winning the toss. Jamshed, who has a good record against India and has been in form in the earlier matches of the tournament, was declared lbw in the beginning. However he decided to use review option. The third umpire’s decision resuscitated Jamshed back to life. But he failed to utilise the chance and fell prey to Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Jamshed’s dismissal put brakes on score until Mohammad Hafeez hit a few fours against Umesh Yadav. Pakistan completed 50 runs in 12 overs and rain started pouring down. It affected Pakistan batting badly because as soon as the game resumed, Hafeez was sent packing on the very first ball. In the next over, Kamran was walking back to the pavilion. Rain visited Birmingham again as Pakistan had lost their two settled batsmen. Hafeez scored 27 while Kamran made 21.

When the match resumed after almost three hours, Misbah-ul-Haq and Asaf Shafiq were looking to guide Pakistan for a good total. But Ravindra Jadeja turned the situation upside down. It wasn’t clear what Misbah was up to when he lost his wicket. First he pushed himself on the backfoot and then tried to stop the ball coming in front of it. As a result, the ball dodged Misbah’s bat and pad and went straight to hit the leg stump. Misbah’s innings ended on 22 and the match began to slip from Pakistan’s grasp. Moment later, MS Dhoni took a wonderful catch of Shafiq on Ishant Sharma’s delivery. The field umpire declared him not out initially, but review showed that the ball slightly touched his bat. Half of Pakistan’s team was out on just 131.

Among the incoming batsmen, Shoaib Malik was lbw as he tried to play hockey in cricket and Wahab Riaz was clean bowled by Ashwin. Umar Amin shared his bit by making an unbeaten 27 off 26, but wickets continued to fall from the other end and it was all over on 165 runs.

Pakistan’s batting remained consistently inconsistent in the tournament, while India showed their brilliance in both bowling and fielding departments.

Kumar, Sharma, Ashwin and Jadeja all took two wickets apiece.

In the beginning, India had 40 overs to play, but after continual interruptions due to the inclement weather, their target was finally revised down to 102 in 22 over which they chased on the first ball of the 20th over.

Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan gave India a befitting start of 58 runs. Saeed Ajmal took Sharma’s wicket when he was 18 off 31. Dhawan (48 off 41) lost his wicket at time when India were just 24 runs short of victory. Virat Kohli scored 22 and remained not out.

Ajmal and Riaz claimed each of the two wickets taken by Pakistan.

Kumar was given the man-of-the-match award.

That match that was being regarded as the “World War of Cricket” and “Maha Yudh” saw a one-sided end. India moved towards the title, leaving many questions for Pakistan. The biggest question was the failure of Pakistani batsmen despite the fact that a foreign coach was hired for the job in the tournament. Pakistan bowling, on the other hand, remained average as they gave tough time to West Indies against just 170 runs, restricted South Africa to 234 and did not let the Indian batsmen, especially, Shikhar Dhawan, ruled the match as they had done in the previous matches. But Pakistani batsmen did not support them throughout. Misbah and Jamshed did put some resistance but it is just called resistance, not good innings. Pakistan could not even reach 200-run mark in the three matches they played and every time whole of the team was out.

Now as India are set to play their semi-final on June 20 against the second number team of Group A, Pakistan will be returning home tomorrow (Sunday).

India vs Pakistan

Champions Trophy, Match 10

June 15, 2013

Venue: Edgbaston, Birmingham

Result: India won by 8 wickets (D/L method)

Man of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Nasir Jamshedc Raina b Kumar2900
Kamran Akmalc Kohli b Ashwin213820
Mohammad Hafeezc Dhoni b Kumar273150
Asad Shafiqc Dhoni b I Sharma415730
Misbah-ul-Haqb Jadeja223310
Shoaib Maliklbw b Jadeja172320
Umar Aminnot out272630
Wahab Riazb Ashwin0200
Saeed Ajmalc RG Sharma b I Sharma51600
Junaid Khanrun out (Kohli)0100
Mohammad Irfanrun out (Yadav)0200
Extrasleg-bye 1, wides 2)3
Total(all out; 39.4 overs)165


India (bowling)OversMaidensRunsWickets
Bhuvneshwar Kumar82192
Umesh Yadav6.40290
Ishant Sharma70402
Ravichandran Ashwin80352
Virat Kohli20110
Ravindra Jadeja81302


بھارتTarget: 102 runs (22 overs)RunsBalls4s6s
Rohit Sharmac Misbah-ul-Haq b Saeed Ajmal183220
Shikhar Dhawanc Nasir Jamshed b Wahab Riaz484150
Virat Kohlinot out222730
Dinesh Karthiknot out111510
Extraswides 3)3
Total(2 wickets; 19.1 overs)102


Pakistan (bowling)OversMaidensRunsWickets
Mohammad Irfan40240
Junaid Khan40210
Saeed Ajmal50291
Mohammad Hafeez2.1080
Wahab Riaz40201
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