India captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh made Pakistan pay for fluffing catches as they each struck quickfire fifties as the title holders hit 319 for three in their Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on Sunday.
Kohli, who on Saturday had dismissed reports of a rift with India coach Anil Kumble, was equally contemptuous of Pakistan's attack during a blistering innings of 81 not out off just 68 balls that included six fours and three sixes.
Left-hander Yuvraj smashed a rapid 53 while helping Kohli add 93 for the third wicket in a mere 59 deliveries.
That was not the end of the run spree, with Hardik Pandya hitting the first three balls of left-arm spinner Imad Wasim's last over of the innings for six on his way to an unbeaten 20.
Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) laid the platform with an opening stand of 136 before Kohli and Yuvraj, to the delight of India fans in a capacity 25,000 crowd, teed off.
Mohammad Amir was the pick of Pakistan's attack with none for 32 in 8.1 overs.
Pakistan were set a revised target of 289 in 41 overs to beat title-holders India after frequent rain interruptions.
Here's the story of the day as told in these delightful tweets.
C'mon India, lets do this!!! 🇮🇳
🇮🇳vs 🇵🇰 @ Jalsa - Amitabh Bachchans Residence https://t.co/UtO7jHrAkr
— Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) June 4, 2017
This is the contest of the match. Amir vs Kohli. Pakistan would have wanted it earlier. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 4, 2017
If it's out of the box to bring Imad on to a newly-arrived Kohli, then I want back in the box thanks. — Osman Samiuddin (@OsmanSamiuddin) June 4, 2017
— Innocent Bystander (@InnoBystander) June 4, 2017
Instead of hosting cricket matches, England should use these grounds to grow Kharif & Rabi crops. Excellent water supply.
— Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) June 4, 2017
With inputs from AFP
Published Date: Jun 04, 2017 22:57 PM | Updated Date: Jun 04, 2017 22:57 PM