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Injury was added to insult as he did his ankle but not before registering the most expensive analysis in Champions Trophy: 87 in 8.1 overs.

Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) laid the platform with an opening stand of 136 before Kohli and Yuvraj, to the delight of India fans in a capacity 25,000 crowd, teed off.

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.

So, when India were drawn to play Pakistan in their opening match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, all eyes were going to be on India and how they were going to begin the defence of their CT title. India had made a total of 319 for the loss of three wickets off the 48 overs allotted to them.

India took two match points after winning this high-voltage match.

India need not have anxious.

Four years ago, in the same tournament, in the same country, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan walked out together to open an ODI innings for the first time, and tasted instant success. The pressure started building on the bowlers and fielders and, as a result, they dropped Yuvraj and Kohli in the process, which cost them hugely in the death overs.

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But, the way people were seen rushing home to be in time to witness the start of the match between India and Pakistan showed their eagerness not to miss even a single ball.

South Africa now top the group following yesterday's 96-run victory over Sri Lanka.

303 - The highest total chased by Pakistan in an ODI outside Asia is 303 against England at Cardiff in 2016. India lost just three wickets in the innings. He dedicated it to Sachin Tendulkar, his predecessor in that role of Pakistan slayer.

Dhawan was out for 68 off 65 balls, hitting a Shadab Khan full toss straight to Azhar Ali at deep mid-wicket.

He went 43 balls without a boundary before pumping Wahab wide of mid-off then rocking back to the next ball for six.

Azhar Ali was game enough for the fight, keeping the scorers busy with a neat array of scoring shots that earned him a plucky half-century but support was minimal.

Yuvraj was out leg before wicket to a yorker from Hasan Ali in the rain-hit game that was at first reduced by two overs, and the possibility of more showers. The normal service on Sunday was proof of that.



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