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Rain rules the pitch as Pakistan and India face off

Updated Jun 05, 2017 09:06am

Allrounder Hardik Pandya smashed three sixes at the start of the last over as India let rip against rival Pakistan to reach 319-3 from 48 overs in Group B of the Champions Trophy on Sunday.

Pakistan were set a revised target of 289 in 41 overs to beat title-holders India

Defending champion India hit 72 crucial runs in the last four overs, with Pandya ending on 20 off six deliveries. Most of those came during a costly 23-run last over for Imad Wasim (0-66), making it an even bigger challenge for Pakistan's unproven batting lineup.

India had seemed to slumber in the middle of its innings after reaching 136-0 at an overcast Edgbaston but a key partnership came from Kohli and Yuvraj for the third wicket.

A minute's silence was held before the match for the victims of the London Bridge attacks on Saturday night, amid heavy security at the West Midlands ground.

“Our thoughts are with everyone affected by what has happened in London overnight,” the ICC said in a statement released Sunday.

Yuvraj Singh consoles injured Wahab Riaz during the ICC Champions Trophy match. —AFP
Yuvraj Singh consoles injured Wahab Riaz during the ICC Champions Trophy match. —AFP

Rohit Sharma avoids a bouncer. —Reuters
Rohit Sharma avoids a bouncer. —Reuters

Mohammad Amir lies injured on the pitch. —Reuters
Mohammad Amir lies injured on the pitch. —Reuters

The overcast conditions at Edgbaston in Birmingham. —Reuters
The overcast conditions at Edgbaston in Birmingham. —Reuters

Yuvraj Singh is dismissed after being judged LBW. —AP
Yuvraj Singh is dismissed after being judged LBW. —AP

An Indian fan, painted with the national colours, watches the action. —AFP
An Indian fan, painted with the national colours, watches the action. —AFP

Players run off the field as rain disrupts the play. —AP
Players run off the field as rain disrupts the play. —AP

Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad. —Reuters
Virat Kohli celebrates the wicket of Ahmed Shehzad. —Reuters

Babar Azam fields during the India's innings. —Reuters
Babar Azam fields during the India's innings. —Reuters

Pakistan fans watch the play during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan. —AFP
Pakistan fans watch the play during the ICC Champions Trophy match between India and Pakistan. —AFP

Indian supporters wave placards and flags during the ICC Champions Trophy match. —AFP
Indian supporters wave placards and flags during the ICC Champions Trophy match. —AFP

India and Pakistan players hold a minutes' silence for the London terror attack victims. —AFP
India and Pakistan players hold a minutes' silence for the London terror attack victims. —AFP