Wahab Riaz ruled out of Champions Trophy 2017 with ankle injury

Champions Trophy 2017

Champions Trophy 2017

India captain Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh made Pakistan pay for fluffing catches as they each struck quickfire fifties as the title holders hit 319 for three in their Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on Sunday.

"Wahab Riaz twisted his right ankle in [Sunday's] ICC Champions Trophy match against India", a Pakistan Cricket Board statement read. "Both Yuvraj and Rohit proved that the form may dwindle, but the class remains permanent", he said. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma began the proceedings for the Men in Blue. The damage was done in the last over by Hardik Pandya, who hit 3 sixes to Imad Wasim scoring 20 runs off just 8 balls.

Because if India are to be successful in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, they need Pandya to fire with bat and ball, particularly with in the latter discipline.

But eyeing what would have been his 11th ODI hundred, Rohit was run out when he just failed to beat Babar Azam's throw to wicket-keeper Sarfraz after Kohli's call for a tight single.

In the tenth over when India was batting, the match was interrupted due to rain once again in the 34th over also and the match was reduced to 48 overs.

Yet some of Yuvraj's shots were breathtaking, particularly the way in which he drove a near yorker from paceman Hasan Ali down the ground for one of his eight fours.

It was finally broken on 136 when Dhawan was dismissed by Shadab Khan for 68 from 65 balls to give the Green Shirts a much needed breakthrough.

Three-time semifinalist Pakistan chose to bowl but its fielding often let the team down, including Kohli being dropped by substitute Fakhar Zaman on 43 off Riaz, who went for around 10 an over to end on 0-87.

After the humiliating loss suffered by Pakistan, the 64-year-old expressed his disappointment on twitter and opined it was saddening the Pakistani players were being humbled without putting up a fight. "He was playing the IPL but then, worldwide runs are very different, against a quality bowling attack as well", Kohli said. Kohli and Hardik Pandya then stroked 34 runs off the remaining 10 balls to take India to a formidable total.

Yuvraj was declared "Man of the Match" for his brilliant batting performance. I tried not to think of it as a big match as well, just take it as a normal game, an important game for India like any match we play. But, as he is nearing the last phase of global career, he doesn't posses the same power and needs some deliveries at the start of his innings before he gets going.

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