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Beating Pakistan shows we can retain Trophy, says India's Virat Kohli

15 Juin 2017

After winning the toss, Pakistan invited India to bat.

His departure had freed India up for a run-feast, Yuvraj (53) and Kohli putting on 93 at nearly 10 an over as all notion of Pakistani discipline evaporated. But Pandya did not let the pressure of an India Pakistan game get to him as he slammed the spinner on three consecutive deliveries for sixes in the last over of the Indian innings. Yuvraj Singh walked away with the "Man of The Match" award for his quickfire fifty, while Rohit Sharma (91) and captain Virat Kohli (81*) contributed handsomely to India's cause.

Here's the story of the day as told in these delightful tweets.

But no member of India's attack leaked runs in the way Wahab had done.

Pakistan were later handed a target of 289 runs in 41 overs but the Sarfraz Ahmed-side lost wickets on crucial stages to hand India a win in the end.

India smashed 72 off their final four overs as Pakistan's attack wilted.

The intensity of the India-Pakistan rivalry has certainly descended in the past few years and inability of the Pakistan players to match up to India's standards has been one of the main reasons for it.

Indian captain Virat Kohli said he "felt like a club batter" when teammate Yuvraj Singh was in full flow in the ICC Champions Trophy win against Pakistan here, crediting the left-hander for taking the pressure off him.

"This was a big game, and after the initial overs, the Pakistani bowlers crumbled rather insipidly". India's top five scored briskly to set a massive 320-run target, while Pakistan's batting unit struggled to match up.

Sharma, however, was fortunate when, on 21, he edged Amir just beyond a diving Azhar Ali at slip for four. For Pakistan, Hasan Ali and Shadab Khan bagged one wicket each. When Rohit Sharma got out in the 36th over in the match which was reduced to 48 overs, it looked as though the Pakistan bowlers would be able to restrict India to an achievable total.

Kohli, from nowhere finished with an unbeaten 81 off 68 balls.

It was the end of a 119-ball innings featuring two sixes and seven fours. Jadeja hit the wickets with some excellent fielding and then bowled tightly and picked a couple of wickets. But the brilliance of Ravindra Jadeja as a fielder simply was too much for Malik.

Umesh Yadav, although blundering numerous times in the field, took three wickets thanks to his speed.

Beating Pakistan shows we can retain Trophy, says India's Virat Kohli