India began their title defence in the Champions Trophy 2017 with a huge win over arch-rivals Pakistan. India beat Pakistan by 124 runs to progress in the tournament with confidence. It was a clinical performance by the entire team as each of the top four batsmen smashed a 50-run knock and the bowlers dismantled Pakistan for a scanty total of 164 for 9.
On the occasion of ‘Cancer Survivor Day’, Yuvraj Singh dedicated his knock to cancer survivors and also prayed for the victims of the recent London terror attacks. Yuvraj was diagnosed with lung cancer after ICC World Cup 2011 and it took him a couple years to overcome the hurdle and resume his cricketing career.
The London Attacks was the incident that occurred on 3 June 2017 in which 6 people lost their lives and 48 were injured when three terrorists mowed down pedestrians on London Bridge before stabbing commoners around Borough Market.
The 35-year-old belted the cricket ball to all parts of the ground as his fifty consisted of 8 boundaries and a maximum. The Indian bowlers were simply exceptional on the day as everyone apart from Jasprit Bumrah picked up wickets. Umesh Yadav spearheaded the pace attack with figures 7.4-1-30-3 and Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya also chipped-in with two wickets each. With the massive victory over Pakistan, India have shot up to the first spot in the Group B and will face Sri Lanka in their second clash on 8th June at the Oval.
Although the match between the arch-rivals was not an interesting one by any means, the fact that India put up a team performance was a relief for fans as Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s recent slump in form was very worrying for India’s chances of defending the cup they won in 2013 under the brilliant leadership of the then skipper MS Dhoni.