India (319/3) dominated rivals Pakistan (164 all out) during a rain-interrupted 2017 ICC Champions Trophy match on Sunday, winning their first match of the tournament by 124 runs and taking a big step toward the knockout stages in the process.
Kohli delivered a batting masterclass, with an unbeaten 81 from 68 balls as his side posted 319 for three in a rain-reduced 48 overs. Rohit Sharma and Shikar Dhawan gave a rollicking start and well sustained by Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.
While Kohli punished pacer Wahab Riaz, Pandya smashed three consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Imad Wasim in the final over. But while doing so, Dhawan was caught at deep mid-wicket by Azhar Ali off Shadab Khan in the 25th over.
Chasing a revised target of 289 in 41 overs, Pakistan batsmen had been troubled throughout the innings by the Indian bowlers. Chasing a hard, revised target was always going to be a steep test for Pakistan's batting - they didn't look like getting close at any point. Pakistan's batsman Azhar Ali (50) and Mohammad Hafeez (33) battled slightly.
It didn't take long for them to get a second wicket either as Babar fell for eight off the bowling of Umesh Yadav to leave the Green Shirts with alot of work to do.
Sharma went 43 balls without a boundary before cover-driving and pulling Wahab for a four and a six off successive deliveries. Skipper Virat Kohli (81*) also paced his innings well, starting off slowly before stepping on the pedal. In an otherwise one sided match, Pakistan started on the backfoot from the start. Having a stranglehold over Pakistan, Indian team played to a plan and achieved a huge win by D/L method against our old enemy.
It was the end of a 119-ball innings featuring two sixes and seven fours. India just had the edge when it came to all-rounders and are on the cusp of a very special looking team.
Pakistan's Shoaib Malik is run out by Ravindra Jadeja.
In a match watched by Sachin Tendulkar from the stands, Indian batsmen went on the rampage in the death overs after patiently seeing off two rain breaks.