Clinical India beat Pakistan by 8 wicketsin ICC Champions Trophy 2013


By Yogi


Birmingham: Jun 15, 2013

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Pakistan ended their ICC Champions Trophy 2013 campaign with a humiliating eight-wicket defeat to
arch-rivals India in the final game of Group B. An
inspired bowling effort from India, combined with miserable batting from Pakistan ensured the latter scored just 165 in what was initially a 40 overs per
side game, shortened by persistent rain. Further
stoppages and revisal of the target gave India just
102 to win in 22 overs, which the number one-
ranked team in the world overcame without
breaking a sweat.

It was an anti-climactic game in all senses, totally
void of all the passion and excitement that usually
oozes through an India-Pakistan clash. India were
always favourites going into the encounter, having
topped the group with convincing victories over
South Africa and West Indies, while Pakistan had already crashed out of the tournament with two
defeats.

It was a dead rubber on paper, but that hadn’t
stopped thousands of fans from both sides and a
peppering of neutrals from thronging Edgbaston to
witness what they hoped would be a humdinger.
However, Pakistan’s listless show in all
departments, especially the batting, coupled with the incessant weather ensured that the game was
as dead as the consequence of the result.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma all took
two wickets each, while Asad Shafiq was the only batsman who managed to score more than 40 runs
in another hapless Pakistan collapse. It was the
third time in as many matches in the tournament
that Pakistan failed to get more than 170 on the
board.

Pakistan were rocked early after being put in to bat
by MS Dhoni in overcast conditions as
Bhuvneshwar Kumar got India’s kryptonite, Nasir
Jamshed, caught in the slips in his first over.
Jamshed had three hundreds and a half-century to
boast of in five matches against India prior to this game, but could only score two runs this time
before an outside edge was lapped up by Suresh
Raina at second slip.

Mohammad Hafeez (27) and Kamran Akmal (21)
steadied the innings for a brief period until the rain
came in for the first time and forced a five-minute
interval. The break in momentum was enough for
India as both batsmen were sent packing within
the space of 18 deliveries at the expense of just six runs.

This brought Shafiq and captain Misbah-ul-Haq
together, who took the score from 56 for three to
79 for three in 19 overs before the skies began to
leak again. This time, it was a much longer
intervention — more than two and a half hours —
which forced the game to be reduced to 40-overs- a-side.

After the break, Shafiq and Misbah showed no
urgency to up the scoring and ambled along until
the 27th over, before the former showed the first
signs of aggression. Shafiq hit Jadeja, who had
waited 22 overs to get a bowl, for two consecutive
boundaries, before the deceiving left-arm spinner had the last laugh. Misbah left a small gap between
his bat and pad, and that was all that Jadeja’s
golden arm needed to bowl through the gates.

Misbah had been the only solid component of an
otherwise leaky dam that is the Pakistan batting.
Thus, after his fall, it was always going to be a huge
ask for the men in green to stage a comeback. The
wicket of Shafiq at 131 for five was the final nail in
the coffin, as the last six wickets fell for just 34 runs.

Set 168 to win off 40 overs initially, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma shared India’s third fifty- plus opening stand in a row. Rohit gifted his wicket
to Saeed Ajmal in the 11th over before the rains
came down to stop the match again.

After an hour of stoppage, the target was reduced
to 102 in 22 overs, which was a walk in the park
for the Indians. Dhawan, fresh from back-to-back
centuries against South Africa and West Indies, lost
his wicket in a bid to finish things off once and for
all; he was gone for 48 that came off just 41 balls.

However, Virat Kohli (22 not out) and Dinesh
Karthik (11 not out) ensured that India did not
suffer any further damage as they took their team
through with 17 balls to spare.

Brief scores:
Pakistan 165 in 40 overs (Asad Shafiq 41, Umar Amin 27*; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 2 for 19, Ravindra
Jadeja 2 for 30) lost to
India 102 for 2 in 19.1 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 48, Virat Kohli 22*; Wahab
Riaz 1 for 20) by 8 wickets (D/L method).
Man of the Match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

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