India started their champions Trophy defence perfectly as they beat arch-rivals Pakistan in their opener at the Edgbaston Cricket Stadium on Sunday.
Pakistan won the toss and put India to bat. Kohli and company posted a mammoth target of 319 on the back of a team performance by all the batsmen. Since the play was delayed due to rain, Pakistan had to chase a revised target of 288 in 41 overs. Pakistan fell short by 124 runs as they were dismantled by the Indian bowlers for a scanty total of 164 in 33.4 overs. India outplayed Pakistan in all three departments, batting, bowling and fielding. The comprehensive win will boost India’s confidence when they play Sri Lanka in their next game.
On the other hand, the loss for Pakistan has hurt their fans and the frustrations were echoed by former Pakistan skipper, Imran Khan on twitter. The 64-year-old expressed his disappointment and said it was saddening the Pakistani players were being humbled without putting up a fight.
“As a sportsman I know winning & losing are part of the game but it’s painful to watch Pak being thrashed by India without putting up a fight,” the cricketer turned politician wrote.
India have secured two valuable points with a massive net run-rate of 3.02 and are sitting at the top in Group B. However, Pakistan have sunk to the bottom and will face South Africa in their second encounter in which is a must-win for them to keep hopes for a berth in the semi-final.
Fans from both side of the border would have expected a thriller in England but what turned out was a boring and one-sided affair. Since the two countries meet only at multilateral events, and no bilateral series is played between them due to cross border terrorism, they are expected to deliver an interesting game which did not happen this time.