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India playing Pakistan in an ICC event. Cue, hype overflowing from every corner.

While every other TV channel and twitter feed trotted out the usual cliches, the BCCI went left-field with their opening line.

The green and yellow jerseys must have confused them.

Going by Misbah-ul-Haq's presser, Pakistan were playing for pride.

Dead rubber; Neutral game; Rainy day; Poor turn-out? Think again. The game was sold out, and access to the ground was affected by the crowds.

India bowled first, and got off to a top start with Bhuvneshwar Kumar getting Nasir Jamshed nicking into the slips early. Suresh Raina took the catch and gave Jamshed a raucous send-off.

Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez were nervous at the crease. At least it looked that way to most people.

Pakistan had begun to stabilise when rain stopped play after 12 overs. It wasn't a long interruption.

It was, however, Hafeez who perished first on resumption.

Kamran followed suit a little later as India's spinners began to assume control. The rain was back after 19 overs, and this time it really poured.

It was one of those frustrating breaks when the rain would let up every few minutes, and then resume. The eminent twitterati at Edgbaston kept the rest of the world informed with timely updates.

Thanks, that was very helpful.

Play eventually resumed, and the game was reduced to 40-overs-a-side. Virat Kohli came on to bowl non-descript leg-rollers

India's main bowlers had a good day, with the exception of Ishant Sharma.

Ravindra Jadeja continued to torment batsmen. He had Misbah bowled, and then trapped Shoaib Malik plumb in front. Shoaib's desperate review did not save him.

India made short work of the lower middle order, and before long, Pakistan's last man was at the crease.

Pakistan were dismissed in the 40th over for 165. The revised target for India was 168 in 40 overs - just enough runs to give the bowlers a chance.

However, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan began brightly once again.

India had rolled along to 47 for 0 in 8.1 overs when the rain returned.

India faced a revised target on resumption, and quickly lost Rohit to Saeed Ajmal. Before Pakistan could build on that breakthrough, it began raining for the umpteenth time in the day.

After a heavy, dispiriting squall, the clouds suddenly gave way to blue skies and a spectacular rainbow. Play resumed with India chasing 102 in 22 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan fell after strolling to 48 off 41 balls. Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik took India past the finish line to complete one of the more forgettable games between the two two sides.