India humiliated Pakistan to a 124-run defeat at Edgbaston, Birmingham on Sunday in the fourth match of the ICC Champions Trophy. The Virat Kohli led side leveled the four-match Champions Trophy record 2-2 between the two arch-rivals in the process.
The much-anticipated contest unveiled Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed has a long way to go if he wants to continue to captain his national side. Mohammad Amir had been vying for Rohit Sharma’s leading edge, and had defeated the batsman at the off-stump throughout the spell. But Sarfraz removed the second slip at beginning of the seventh over. The first delivery off the over saw the ball fly past Azhar Ali’s right side after taking a thick edge. Had there been a second slip, it would have been curtains for Sharma, who was batting at 14 then. He went on to score 91 from 119 balls.
Left-handed batsman Shikhar Dhawan clobbered Wahab Riaz for three consecutive boundaries during the 20th over. Batting at 36 from 44 balls, Dhawan raced to his 18th half-century in the next four balls, treating the audiences with some delicious backfoot strokes. Wahab lost the momentum from there onwards and conceded 87 in 8.4 overs before he limped off the field.
Despite all claims of the India-Pakistan contest being just like another match, the players felt the brunt. It was evident with the constant fumbles and misfields. There were five dropped catches: two by Pakistan fielders and three by the Indians. Though the Indian errors were forgotten as the match concluded, the two dropped chances of Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli costed Pakistan 87 crucial runs, at a blistering rate. Yuvraj was on four when a regulation catch was put down by Hasan Ali off Shadab Khan’s final over. Kohli batted on 43 when Fahim Ashraf, substitute fielder, dropped him.