Since India and Pakistan do not meet outside of ICC events, fans from both sides of the border anticipate an exciting and interesting contest when the two teams take on each other on the cricket field.
India and Pakistan had last met in the ICC 2016 world cup in March at the Eden Gardens. It was after more than a year when they met at the Edgbaston cricket ground in Birmingham. However the contest was far from being interesting and from the very onset the match was in favour of the Indian team. The Indian batsmen and bowlers were outstanding against Pakistan but it was a complete surrender from their rivals. Frustrated with how the match was played, former Indian off spinner Harbhajan Singh has said that the match felt like a practice game.
“It felt like a practice game to be honest. There wasn’t any competition, Pakistan is not the same side anymore. It will take them, I don’t know what to, get back to what they were about 15 years back. It’s a sad feeling to see where they are going with their cricket,” the 36-year-old said.
Half centuries from Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, a brilliant bowling display from Umesh Yadav along with an all-round performance from Hardik Pandya snatched the game away from Pakistan. The match ended with India galloping to their largest Champions Trophy victory ever, that of 124 runs.
While speaking of India’s performance in the game, Singh was full of praise. He expressed his happiness over India’s strong overall performance and that he is looking forward to India’s match against South Africa, which is scheduled to be played on the June 11 at the Oval in London. Before that, India take on a relatively young Sri Lankan team at the same venue on June 8.
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