Pakistan's injured Wahab Riaz ruled out of Champions Trophy

India's Virat Kohli bats as Pakistan wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed looks on during the ICC Champions trophy match at Edgbaston in Birmingham central England

India's Virat Kohli bats as Pakistan wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed looks on during the ICC Champions trophy match at Edgbaston in Birmingham central England

Pakistan, set a revised target of 289 in 41 overs following three rain interruptions, finished on 164, with injured last man Wahab Riaz unable to bat as India won with 44 balls to spare. The way Yuvi batted was the game-changing innings. "Because that's what I think our players can do, and that's what I certainly believe our team can do". And the way he batted was the way only he can strike the ball, hitting low full tosses for fours and sixes, and even digging out yorkers for fours was outstanding.

Yuvraj was striking the ball cleanly.

India's dominant recent record might have something to do with it, but captain Virat Kohli "enjoys" playing Pakistan and would not mind being part of more contests. From that regard we have a side where a few youngsters have come in and are gradually getting towards strengthening their careers for India.

"So I think from that, from the team's point of view, it's a massive win for us. The way we played and the confidence we showed is very pleasing to see as a captain", Kohli said.

For India, Rohit and Shikhar started on a cautious note and just when both the batsmen seemed to be settling in the middle, rain played the spoilsport. "We bowled a really good over and then we bowled a variation in our sixth ball and that's the ball that ended up going for a boundary", he said.

Rohit played a relatively unconventional knock by his own standards.

Riaz managed to bowl a total of 8.4 overs before he was forced to head back to the pavilion as India put on a daunting total of 319-3 in 48 overs in a rain-curtailed encounter. "We'll go back to the drawing board and we'll hopefully come back a lot stronger". "He was playing the IPL but then, global runs are very different, against a quality bowling attack as well", Kohli said.

Kohli's progress himself was stalled by the passing showers at Birmingham.

"I can say that it was fine till about 40". For nearly 18 years, wars stood in between the two outfits playing each other in a bilateral series until the ice was broken in 1978, but even today matches are few and far between. Virat Kohli further cemented his credentials as Pakistan's biggest nemesis by staying unbeaten on 81 off 68 deliveries.

"After Yuvi got out I just made a decision to stay still and back the strokes that I have, a few connected and that's what happens in sports". Momentum comes your way; it goes away.

After bowling the fourth ball of his eighth over at Edgbaston in Birmingham on Sunday, Riaz twisted his right ankle and had to hop off the ground without his shoes on.

"This one's done and dusted..."

The 23-year-old was chosen to go in ahead of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, a One-Day International legend, and Kedar Jadhav, who has built a growing reputation as an inventive and big-hitting limited-overs batsman.

"Our fielding was not good at all. India has evolved and we are way behind now", he said in a tweet.

"We had 4-5 younger players playing against India for the first time", he said on Tuesday (June 6) in the pre-match press conference.

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