Kohli in awe of Yuvraj's performance against Pakistan

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 9, 2017

"Unless Pak cricket structure is totally revamped/reformed, despite an abundance of talent the gap between Pak & India will keep increasing", he tweeted. The arch rivalry between the two countries has always been a topic to discuss. After all, Pakistan's batting line-up is way too inexperienced. So, from a team's point of view it is a massive win for us. That's the level at which they played today.

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi has hit out the side's heavy Champions Trophy defeat to India, criticising "abysmal fielding", "clueless" batting and Sarfraz Ahmed's leadership. They didn't lose early wickets and as a result were having good wickets in hand when they started hitting.

"The gap between Indian and Pakistani teams is bigger than ever!"

Sharma went 43 balls without a boundary in the face of tight Pakistan bowling before cover-driving and pulling Wahab for a four and a six off successive deliveries. Rohit hit a six and a four to finally get moving but was run out soon after after looking out for a quick single.

"Honestly speaking, for majority of Kashmiri a cricket match between India and Pakistan is much more than just a game". Just when Rohit looked to break the shackles and start scoring after struggling for a brief period in between, another run-out between Virat and Rohit happened and this time Rohit was the prey. Suddenly, a 56 ball 44-run cameo elated to an unbelievable unbeaten 81 run match winning knock off 68 balls. Now, it was the time for the game to change and Yuvraj was at the crease to do the job. Yuvraj smashed 53 off 32 balls.

"And Hardik, 18 off five balls, was outstanding".

Allrounder Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes at the start of his team's last over as India let rip to reach 319-3 from 48 overs after being put into bat at a rain-hit Edgbaston, which had nearly 25,000 spectators.

Apart from Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali, who both played against India, Pakistan's other pace bowling options are Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

Kicking off its journey as among favorites in the event with match against Pakistan, India seems more confident - a feeling that has been developed by well-balanced and strong Indian squad. Eventually, they were given a target of 289 in 41 overs. "He's a game changer with the bat".

Umesh Yadav wiped out the tail with two wickets as Pakistan ended their innings with just 164 runs on the board giving India a 124-run win.

The Indian Express called the triumph the "Mother of all Mismatches" while The Times of India said it was an "opening statement" at the tournament in England and Wales. "Hopefully we'll take this confidence into the next game against Sri Lanka", Yuvraj said, upon being adjudged player of the match. Instead, India managed to score a mere 55 runs in 14 overs between the 22nd and 35th over at a measly run-rate of 3.93.

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