Yuvraj's game-changing knock took the pressure off me: Kohli


Put in to bat, defending champions India notched up a competitive 319 for three after two rain interruptions reduced the match to 48 overs a side at the Edgbaston.

His innings subsequently helped India to thrash Pakistan by 124 runs, as the score was revised by the Duckworth Lewis method after the match was delayed twice by intermittent drizzle.

Now unbeaten against Pakistan for more than three years, India on Monday celebrated a thumping win over their arch-rivals to launch their defence of the Champions Trophy.

When on 37, Azhar Ali was dropped by Bhuvneshwar Kumar running in from long-on.

Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh who has been seen performing yet another mesmerizing innings last night at Edgbaston, Birmingham dedicated his "Cancer Survivor Day" match to all the heroes and survivors who have fought and win over this deadly disease. Another notable performance for Kohli's side came from Hardik Pandya, who was promoted above former India captain MS Dhoni in the batting order.

In a match watched by Sachin Tendulkar from the stands, Indian batsmen went on the rampage in the death overs after patiently seeing off two rain breaks.

Aware of tougher opposition ahead, such as top-ranked South Africa in the same group, India captain Virat Kohli praised his batsmen but wasn't totally happy.

With India put in to bat, Rohit and Shikhar started on a cautious note as Pakistani pacers were right on the coin in the first hour. Teams do tend to try to attack and get out as well.

The problem though that they had was that they didn't take advantage of the conditions as despite the players coming off the field early to due to rain, Dhawan and Sharma got the Indians off to a brilliant start as they took their opening partnership past the 100 mark. Initially, the openers gave us a good start.

Shoaib Malik lofted Jadeja six before he was Jadeja ran him out with a direct hit to leave Pakistan all but beaten at 114 for four in the 24th over. I always feel that in cricket, you need to back yourself and be confident.

When the breakthrough came, three balls from the halfway point, it was from a Shadab full toss which Dhawan redirected straight to midwicket.

Sharma went 43 balls without a boundary before cover-driving and pulling Wahab for a four and a six off successive deliveries. But I think his innings was a difference in the game.