ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Kohli delivered a batting masterclass, with an unbeaten 81 from 68 balls as his side posted 319 for three in a rain-reduced 48 overs.

Indian captain Virat Kohli today said he "felt like a club batter" when teammate Yuvraj Singh was in full flow during the ICC Champions Trophy match against Pakistan here.

When the match resumed, Pakistan were set a daunting 289 run target from 41 overs. Amir bowled quite beautifully before walking out, after suffering from cramps bowing at an economy of 3.91, a phenomenal effort when the opposition scored 319 in 48 overs.His departure had freed India up for a run-feast, Yuvraj (53) and Kohli putting on 93 at almost 10 an over as all notion of Pakistani discipline evaporated.

Pakistan, who only just qualified for the Champions Trophy when eighth in the International Cricket Council's ODI rankings, saw Azhar Ali make exactly 50 in 65 balls with six fours.

India outclassed Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham during the group B match between the arch rivals by clinching the much-anticipated match by 124 runs.

"With the bat and ball, right up there - I would say nine out of 10". Skipper Virat Kohli (81*) also paced his innings well, starting off slowly before stepping on the pedal. He took all the pressure off me when I was not hitting it well.

The Indians didn't have to wait long either for a fourth wicket when Shoaib Malik was dismissed for 15 when Jadeja ran him out with a fantastic bit off fielding. I am not playing in place of anyone, it's just the requirement of the team based on the conditions on offer. In the process, Rohit, who was struggling initially, got to his half-century in the 19th over with a pull-shot that went for a six at the mid-wicket.

After nearly a 40-minute hold-up, with the scoreboard reading 46 runs in 9.5 overs, India regrouped their strategy and started counter-attacking. Umesh Yadav took 3-30, including the last two wickets with Wahab Riaz absent hurt.

Fellow pacer Hardik Pandya and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja returned identical figures of 2/43 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar notched up 1/23.

India scored 319/3 in 48 overs, after they were put into bat.

Sharma's fine innings ended after he responded to Kohli's call for a single. Further after being congratulated for his limited yet astounding ground presence, Pandya said that he was intimated that he's going to bat next to Yuvraj Singh.

"We need to overhaul approach, mindset & work on improving our stagnating skills and play with clear minds". "And everyone agreed, because he just can strike the ball from ball one and has unbelievable ability", Kohli said.

In this context it is worthy to mention that the 35 year-old batsman too had been diagnosed with cancer in the year 2014 but his mental strength and love for sports helped him to come back in his world.