Bowled Over – India March On- By Luqman Liaqat

India continued their perfect record in the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy by beating arch-rivals Pakistan in a rain hit match at Edgbaston.

After several delays throughout the day it meant India eventually needed to chase 102 in 22 overs, they reached the target by losing two wickets with 17 balls to spare.

In form batsman Shikhar Dhawan scored 48 runs off 41 balls and Virat Kohli contributed with a handy unbeaten 22 to steer his side over the winning line.

Pakistan were sent out to bat under very cloudy skies, opener Nasir Jamshed had a successful lbw overturned via a review however his reprieve did not last long as he poked a catch straight to Suresh Raina at second slip off Bhuvneshwar Kumar leaving the score 4-1.

Kamran Akmal was promoted to open alongside Mohammed Hafeez which saw Pakistan reach 50-1 inside the 12th over before rain held-up play for 12 minutes.

Straight after the rain break, Hafeez (27) edged behind to the Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni giving Kumar (2-19) his second wicket of the match. Ravichandaran Ashwin soon dismissed Akmal as he was caught at short-leg via Dhoni’s thigh after playing a rash drive leaving the Pakistanis now 56-3.

When the score reached 70-3 after 19 overs, a further interruption of over an hour reduced the match to a 40-over contest. Asad Shafiq (41) and Misbah-Ul-Haq (22) put on a 40 run partnership before Misbah was bowled out by Ravindra Jadeja.

Ishant Sharma despite not being on his best, with some fortune he had Shafiq to a leg-side edge and in the next over Jadeja (2-39) trapped Shoaib Malik with a quick arm ball and Pakistan from 110-3 were now in a huge mess at 139-6.

It was left to Umar Amin with 27 off 26 deliveries to see them through to the inning’s final over, a couple of late run outs meant Pakistan were bowled out before their full allocation for 165 in 39.4 overs.

Under the Duckworth/Lewis revision India faced a target of 168 from 40 overs, Dhawan and Rohit Sharma threatened to become the first Indian opening combination to score three successive century stands.

India reached 45-0 inside 8.1 overs when more downpour saw India’s target adjusted to 157 off 36 overs. Saeed Ajmal had Sharma’s wicket when Misbah held a catch at midwicket for 18 before the weather once again intervened this time for an hour.

Miraculously, the sun eventually appeared and India’s target was adjusted for one last time to 102 in 22 overs. India on 67-1 now needed 35 runs from 54 balls, Dhawan scorer of two centuries in India’s wins earlier in the tournament, holed out off Wahab Riaz on 48 from 42 balls.

Kohli was then joined by Dinesh Karthik (11*) to finish off the job in 19.1 overs and take India through to the semi-finals with three wins out of three.

India had already booked their place in the semi-finals as Group B winners following victories over South Africa and West Indies, while Pakistan knew they were going home regardless of the result as they had already lost twice.



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