India v Pakistan, Champions Trophy, Group B, Edgbaston June 15, 2013

India spin to win in rainy Birmingham


India 102 for 2 (Dhawan 48) beat Pakistan 165 (Shafiq 41, Bhuvneshwar 2-19) by 8 wickets (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Just like most of the cricket played in this hyped rivalry, the cricket at Edgbaston - this time because of the weather - was dreary and uncertain, but India eventually registered their first win over Pakistan in Champions Trophy. However, it was a dead rubber as India were already guaranteed the top slot in the group, and Pakistan the bottom.

It was England overhead all right with all the rain, but underfoot the Edgbaston pitch suited the bowlers from Asia, where a big portion of Birmingham's population has come from. R Ashwin bowled slow and flighted the ball and turned it square, Ravindra Jadeja bowled fast and still turned the odd ball square, and Pakistan batsmen capitulated in what began as a full game but was reduced to 40 overs a side after two rain intervals.

Their total of 165 all out was adjusted to 167 because of the rain break during Pakistan's innings. India got off to a solid start in response, and it mattered little that the rain eventually brought the target down to 122 in 22 overs. India won in 19.1 overs.

Rain played a critical part in Pakistan's innings. Pakistan did lose the toss, which gave India the best conditions in the rain, but Misbah-ul-Haq said he would have batted first anyway.

Pakistan were recovering from the early wicket of Nasir Jamshed through Mohammad Hafeez and Kamran Akmal when the first shower kept the players off for 16 minutes. Hafeez came out and got out first ball, distracted by a falling towel to the left of the sight screen. He didn't pull out of the shot, though. Kamran Akmal tried an ill-advised drive against Ashwin's turn soon, and by the time a bigger rain break arrived Pakistan were 70 for 3 after 19 overs. The loss of three wickets at that break meant their 40-over score wouldn't be adjusted by much under the Duckworth-Lewis calculations.

The rest, Jadeja took care of. Misbah-ul-Haq and Asad Shafiq looked fluent in a 54-run partnership, but Jadeja's unerring accuracy put paid to their plans. His first over went for three, the second for one, when the three previous overs had gone for seven, four and seven without a shot hit in anger. In Jadeja's third, Misbah gave himself too much room. He backs himself on that shot and often the spinner loses his rhythm, but Jadeja remained flat and straight, and beat Misbah - who was not retreating - on the inside edge to hit the top of the leg stump.

Ishant Sharma, clearly not at his best, got lucky when he got an edge from Asad Shafiq to a leg-side half-volley. However, without the DRS challenge that he went for, this luck wouldn't have counted for much. In the next over, Jadeja trapped Shoaib Malik with a quick arm ball, and Pakistan had gone from 110 for 3 to 139 for 6.

With a long tail in tow, Pakistan were now a bit directionless and India superb in the field. A low catch, a sizzling direct hit, and some decent last overs later, Pakistan were bowled out in 39.4 overs. Now they were up against an opening combination that had batted 36.5 overs with each other in the last two games. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma threatened to become the first Indian opening combination to post three successive century stands, but Rohit chipped to midwicket when the score was 58 in 10.4 overs.

By then, though, the openers had put India far ahead of the D/L par score. There had been a rain break before the wicket, there would be one after, and by that time the Pakistan fans would leave their team's fate in the hands of rain, the only factor that could save them from defeat. The rain relented, though, to allow India just enough time to finish the readjusted chase off.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Android on June 18, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    Well done India. Disappointed in Pakistan these are the games to watch. They let thier fans down, the Indian cricket fans and the rest of the cricketing fraternity.

  • Taqi on June 16, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    Riz000! While agreeing to almost most of these guys I think Umar Akmal has also been given fair chance and his last 2 years performance is not favoring him ( see crickinfo) Razzaq has not played Good Cricket in recent past also. Why leave Asad Shafiq he scored 41? I would like to include Akber ur Rehman for fast bowling alrounder and Anwar Ali These two guys can bowl and bat well, would also like Fawad Alam as spiner + batsman ( in place of Shoaib Malik / Hafeez) + Sharjeel Khan, Khurram Manzoor and Shahzaib Hasan ( this Plus your 10 make 16 team). These three guys and good batsmen and can bat as opener or middle order. Also Hasan Raza, Babar Azam and Ehsan Adil are good prospects, these should be groomed if we want a good team for near future. These are young guys with good temperament and could serve for a longer period for Pakistan. I suggest Pakistan should always have a shadow team to replace any non performing player whenever needed. Mohsin Khan, Waqar Younus may be used as coach

  • John on June 16, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Indian could have tried with Irfan Pathan atleast with the Match against Ind Vs Pakistan as he is a fine Alrounder also as India have already Qulified for the semifinal spot.Could to see Rohit is using his chances but needs to score some quick runs in the power play overs ..India should also try with Manoj,Rahane,Badri,Yusuf and few other youngsters who are in Good form recently.Also needs to keep the stars like Shewag,Gambir,Yuvi for sometime atleast.Because every players will encounter Ups and Down.

  • ajith on June 16, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    @Thebigboodha, what is wrong in the Indian fans congratulating themselves? The team has played exceptionally well. Give credit where it is due.

  • ajith on June 16, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    Best part in this game is that no Indian fan is bad mouthing the Pak team. In fact it makes me happy the way the comments point at the selectors in not doing their job. Having said that I must say the Indian selectors did a great job. I had my doubts about Jadeja and Dhawan in England, but they have proven me wrong, happily so. Of course, still two matches to go, hope they do not mess it up. The SA tour is getting interesting now with this team showing a lot of intent.

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2013, 13:36 GMT

    For team India biggest challenge is to maintain the status of world champion. India is world champion but this team not. If this team won the the champion trophy then It will be a gift to the team who won the world cup and make this team world champion.

  • Dummy4 on June 16, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    As a Pakistani I have to admit that our team was under prepared for the event and team selection was awful India are going pretty well I'm backing India and Sri Lanka to win this

  • Rashmi on June 16, 2013, 13:17 GMT

    @MEHALTEK Weel Bowling consultants do visit India and for 2 whole months. Don't you see the IPL when they all visit but still India is unable to produce any bowler who will be feared by the opposition.

  • Vasantha on June 16, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    The Indian team would have had no need for remodelling (Richard Anderson) had the big guys gone out at the right time, before playing like paupers in England and then Australia. They kept going, denying (delaying is as good as denying) genuine good cricketers like Dhawan, Karthik, Badrinath, Pujara and many others. The days of young bright stars getting into national teams are gone, thanks to the lure of IPL (and similar) money-- Vasanth Kumar

  • Android on June 16, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    I am Pakistan but I say congratulation to india for beating pakistan good job Dhoni and all indian teams