Champions Trophy: Even the rain cannot stop India from winning

By AFP
Published: June 15, 2013
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India's Shikhar Dhawan (L) hits out watched by Pakistan's Kamran Akmal during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match at Edgbaston cricket ground. PHOTO: REUTERS

India's Shikhar Dhawan (L) hits out watched by Pakistan's Kamran Akmal during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match at Edgbaston cricket ground. PHOTO: REUTERS

India's Shikhar Dhawan (L) hits out watched by Pakistan's Kamran Akmal during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match at Edgbaston cricket ground. PHOTO: REUTERS India's Shikhar Dhawan (R) runs from the pitch as the rain stops play during the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy cricket match. PHOTO: AFP India's Ishant Sharma (R) appeals and dismisses Pakistan's Asad Shafiq (not pictured) as Shoaib Malik (L) looks on during the ICC Champions Trophy group B match against India at Edgbaston. PHOTO: REUTERS Mohammad Hafeez leaves the field after being dismissed during their ICC Champions Trophy group B match against India at Edgbaston cricket ground, Birmingham June 15, 2013. PHOTO: REUTERS

BIRMINGHAM: Despite numerous interruptions due to rain, India managed to cruise to an eight wicket victory over a rather hapless Pakistan performance in their third and last Champions trophy group B match.

This is the first time Pakistan has lost a match to India in the Champions trophy tournament.

Rain interruptions had revised the target from 168 in 40 overs to 102 runs from 22 overs. India achieved the target in just 19 overs, thanks largely to the efforts of Shikhar Dhawan who scored 48 runs.

Earlier, rain twice interrupted play in the Champions Trophy group B match between Pakistan and Indian at Edgbaston. A second interruption had revised the target down for India who need to score 102 runs in just 22 overs.

Pakistan were shot out for 165 in 39.4 overs after being sent in to bat by India in a rain-hit Champions Trophy match in Edgbaston on Saturday.

Asad Shafiq top-scored with 41 and Umar Amin made 27 not out. Ishant Sharma, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin claimed two wickets each in a match reduced to 40-overs-a-side.

India now have to chase a revised target of 168 runs after rain delays reduced the match to 40 overs a side.

Earlier, play resumed in the Champions Trophy group B match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston on Saturday after a rain delay.

Pakistan, sent in to bat in overcast conditions, were 70-3 from 19 overs when a heavy shower hit Birmingham. Asad Shafiq was on 14 and skipper Misbahul Haq was on five.

The match, watched by a packed house of India and Pakistan supporters, has been reduced to 40-overs-a-side, but further bad weather has been forecast.

The match holds only academic interest for the tournament since India have already qualified for the semi-finals and Pakistan are out of the race after losing both their previous games.

India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma.

Pakistan: Misbahul Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Asad Shafiq, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Amin, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz.

Umpires: Richard Kettleborough (ENG) and Ian Gould (ENG)

TV umpire: Kumar Dharmasena (SRI)

Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)

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Reader Comments (58)

  • Pakistan
    Jun 15, 2013 - 2:17PM

    Pakistan will win this.

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  • RAW is WAR
    Jun 15, 2013 - 2:20PM

    Is Mr.Sania Mirza playing today?

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  • Green Tiger
    Jun 15, 2013 - 2:29PM

    Mother of all battles has just begin..

    Inshallah, Pakistan will win..

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  • Green Tiger
    Jun 15, 2013 - 2:49PM

    Already 1 wicked down.. & The Match just started..

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  • anusha
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:14PM

    @RAW is WAR:
    MISS sania is worrying here in india!!! ha ha

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  • Green Tiger
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:16PM

    Pakistan playing brilliantly now.. :)

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  • Enlightened
    Jun 15, 2013 - 3:23PM

    @Pakistan:
    Even Indians want Pakistan to win. Best of luck.

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  • Rashid
    Jun 15, 2013 - 4:10PM

    @Pakistan

    “Pakistan will win this.”

    That means the match is being fixed. Indians are good at fixing.

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  • zabysco
    Jun 15, 2013 - 4:17PM

    Tough road ahead for Pakistan

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  • zabysco
    Jun 15, 2013 - 4:24PM

    Rain is the only hope for Pakistan

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  • DM
    Jun 15, 2013 - 4:32PM

    Pak – 70/3 .. Wish the match gets completed.

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  • Old fan
    Jun 15, 2013 - 5:14PM

    This performance will justify banning current batsmen from cricket for ever. cricket board members for life to utter a word about cricket. Put them in cricket Hall of Shame.

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  • Rahul
    Jun 15, 2013 - 6:06PM

    Can someone tell me why the series has been scheduled in June in England? Are we really surprised that so many games are washed out/curtailed?

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  • A-No.1
    Jun 15, 2013 - 6:20PM

    No brains. Dont hold your breath. If the match resumes India will do a cake walk under DL method. Pakistanis knew that there would be rain and stoppage, yet they scored miserably slow. No brains, I repeat.

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  • zabysco
    Jun 15, 2013 - 6:57PM

    kamran akmal has once again proved that he is a huge liability on the team. PCB should take a decision on him

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  • zabysco
    Jun 15, 2013 - 7:32PM

    Asad shafiq should have been given chance right from.the first match of CT. Imran farhat’s selection proved very costly. Farhat, malik and akmal should permanently be shown the door.

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  • Enlightened
    Jun 15, 2013 - 7:48PM

    It wont be easy for India to score runs on a turning pitch which will help both slow and fast bowlers of Pakistan. This is going to be a close match.

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  • Sami Ullah
    Jun 15, 2013 - 8:26PM

    Who is captain?

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  • Umar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 9:28PM

    Is this the worst Pakistani batting line up ever?

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  • Mohinder Sandhu
    Jun 15, 2013 - 10:29PM

    @Sami Ullah:
    Mahendra singh dhoni is the only captain

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  • abhi
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:12PM

    I think pak palyed their level best but it was not enough to even give a fight. neither batting nor bowling clicked.

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  • thor
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:12PM

    @Pakistan:
    Pakistan will win this.
    U forgot to add..Insha allha..

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  • Green Tiger
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:20PM
  • Dilip
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:20PM

    India wins by 8 wickets………

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  • np
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:20PM

    Yes!!!

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  • abc
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:21PM

    India wins the match…

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  • DM
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:23PM

    Its over now.. and India wins the match convincingly.

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  • steel
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:27PM

    La la la…India won

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  • ashok sai
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:27PM

    Pak mission accomplished 0-3 ! I must say pak bowling is much hyped and over rated.

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  • Pops
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:30PM

    India won by 8 wickets. Been watching it live.
    India played three won three.
    INDIA.. INDIA..INDIA.

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  • Omar
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:31PM

    Congratulations team India
    Sack the entire Pakistani team, please bring entirely new team for gods sake,
    Loosing is acceptable if we fight, but getting humilated again & again is not acceptable .

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  • vish
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:37PM

    INSHAh allah we won it

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  • MK
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:40PM

    @Enlightened:
    What happened to your bowlers and the so called magician, in front of indian batting might, your bowlers are butchered.

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  • Deepwater
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:40PM

    Enough batting practice, India. Now get back to playing with real teams.

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  • Moved On
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:42PM

    wat is particularly disappointing is that pakistan’s famed bowling line up, that had atleast been doing well in the past games, came a cropper against india…Misbah had talked about how his bowlers made life difficult for them bak hm in india…in these bowling friendly conditions, it was quite the opposite though…

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  • Sami Ullah
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:44PM

    I don’t want to comment on such a team.

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  • wq
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:47PM

    When there is no merit and sheer provincialism in cricket as:
    Misbahul Haq (capt), Mohammad Hafeez, Nasir Jamshed, Shoaib Malik, Kamran Akmal, Umar Amin, Mohammad Irfan, Saeed Ajmal, Wahab Riaz are all from Punjab and they have a failure track record esp mentioning Malik and Akmal and they keep on coming in then definitely this form of dismal outcome is certainly produced. The cricket team is centric towards a single province only and doesnt promote talent on a national perspective. Eventually this had to be the result. Sheer bias by PCB of not promoting or giving chance to talent from other provinces!

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  • English Boy
    Jun 15, 2013 - 11:53PM

    such a bad article title. “even the rain cant stop india from winning this match” I think you are new to this sport. It actually helped India. Plus with D/L in place you can’t really say that for this particular match.

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  • gp65
    Jun 16, 2013 - 12:00AM

    Pakistan was all out in 39.4 overs at 165. So when the rain reduced the number of overs to be played initially to 40 overs, somehow India which would have had a target of 166 in 50 overs now had to get 168 runs in 40 overs which makes no sense. In other words 10 overs less to play and 2 runs added to the target. It would have been one thing if Pakistan’s innings were also interrupted and they still had wickets but could play only 39.4 overs – but that was not the case.

    Likewise if the target was 166 runs in 50 overs then target for 22 overs should have been 74 runs not 102.

    Anyway, good that India won and broke the jinx of winning over Pakistan in Champions Trophy.

    I hope the 3-0 sweep in the earlier phase does not make India overconfident as it had become in 1987 World Cup.Recommend

  • sehr.siddiqui
    Jun 16, 2013 - 12:18AM

    Wrong selection is the beginning of defeat. Let us admit Indian team was superior and they won. Our immature commentators and Anchor persons should also learn a lesson from this defeat.

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  • Em
    Jun 16, 2013 - 12:20AM

    And the better team wins. I bleed green but the fact is the Blue Team is good. They keep it together. They are dependable. I always support our team but they need to get their act together. There are highs and lows, ofcourse, but where’s the team spirit where they are on the field? Or maybe I can’t see it.

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  • Gp65
    Jun 16, 2013 - 12:23AM

    @English Boy: The rain helped India? How so? Pakistan had a total of 165 and were all out in 39.4 overs. As such if there had been no rains, India would have a target of 166 in 50 overs or 3.32 per over. But as the overs reduced to 22 India’s target did not go down proportionaely. It now had to make 102 runs in 22 overs or about 4.6 runs per over.

    You are the one who fails to understand even while accusing others of not understanding.Recommend

  • Jim
    Jun 16, 2013 - 12:24AM

    Neither Pakistani mourning nor Indian gloating is called for. It is just a damn game and the better team on the day won. Pakistan is obviously going through a decline overall, something India has gone through in the past and will go through in the future. So just sit back and enjoy the game and the skills of various players instead of hyperventilating and treating it like some kind of war.

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  • chappati
    Jun 16, 2013 - 12:24AM

    why were the pakistani fans booing misbah? he was the only decent batsmen.
    Paks bowling is good but im sure they too knew what was inevitable. well hope this was the last time we will see the likes of kamran, farhat and co.

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  • indi
    Jun 16, 2013 - 12:49AM

    omg!!!! how can this happen…??how can a nation so pure as pakistan with the blessings of 190 million loose???
    probably coz half of them have no tvs and those who had couldnt see the match coz of loadshedding…so couldnt bless them??Recommend

  • English Boy
    Jun 16, 2013 - 1:00AM

    @Gp65: are you kidding me? it DID help india.
    how? even though they were required to score at a marginally higher run-rate, after two D/L the target was considerably reduced. with this strong indian batting line-up and with a reduced target do you think 4.5 run rate was even a problem? if the rains did not interfere pakistan would have gotten a higher target to defend..it would have a better chance of getting wickets to put pressure on their side. your analysis is just too weak..better watch more cricket

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  • Cricketguy
    Jun 16, 2013 - 1:04AM

    @Gp65. It did definitely help India.. No wonder MS Dhoni decided to bowl first..your analysis lacks crucial points. its harder to bowl/ easier to bat with a wet bowl..plus Dhoni knew D/L would favor their side. I hope you are not new to cricket as well.

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  • ABKhan
    Jun 16, 2013 - 1:42AM

    Only Pakistani batsmen can make Indian ordinary bowling looks extra ordinary

    Misbah has been the only player performing continuously under pressure and people bash him while encouraging useless Hafiz

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  • LOK
    Jun 16, 2013 - 1:55AM

    Indian team is in great form. All the best for semi and final.

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  • DM
    Jun 16, 2013 - 2:18AM

    @English Boy so you preaching about cricket ? Sir I really doubt if you know the basics or rule of cricket also. End of the day to console your heart you can say Rain helped India to win the match but the truth of the matter is India no doubt a far better and organized in all formats of the game today as compared to Pakistan and the better team won.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Jun 16, 2013 - 2:28AM

    @gp65: Are you crazy? why doesn’t it make sense. Pakistan was bowled out in 39.4overs AFTER it was decided that the no of overs will be reduced to 40 each. What do you even mean by “somehow”. That’s how professional games operate. Who knew Pakistan would be bowled out in 39.4 overs? Don’t try to challenge D/L math if its hard for your unintelligent mind to comprehend. I find your comments extremely annoying. You better watch some more cricket.

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  • archana
    Jun 16, 2013 - 10:04AM

    @Jim
    Very well said

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  • iTroll
    Jun 16, 2013 - 1:11PM

    Gp65: The target was revised because Pakistan did not know that the game will be 40 overs from the start. So it was assumed that they played according to 50 overs strategy (till 19 overs) which is usually save wickets and slower run rate at the start. Had they known from beginning they would have scored runs faster because now they would only have to survive till 40 overs. On the other hand India (second team) knew from the start that they will have to play only 40 overs. Due this advantage they would have afforded to score runs faster from the start and taking more risk. To balance this advantage target was revised. Had Pakistan not lost so many wickets revised target would have been even higher, which is fair. You know for “some reasons” run rate of seven is very low in T20 while very high in fifty over game.
    You are right in saying that rain did not help India. In fact Pakistan was so poor team yesterday that even hardcore Indian fans like me were not happy by there standard.

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  • abhi
    Jun 16, 2013 - 7:08PM

    @iTroll

    your analysis would have been good if pak had done any of these (saving wicket in beginning and trying to score faster at the end) . they played without any strategy and nobody had expected them to play whole 50 overs anyway.

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  • Indian Catholic
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:32PM

    To all the rain theorists: Yeah, we “fixed” the rain. Some of our bookies also paid the rain gods.
    .
    But honestly, I think someone in the PCB forgot to tell the batsmen what kind of cricket is played in the Champions Trophy. In the 3 matches I saw, Pakistani batsmen would come out with all guns blazing like they were in the throes of a T20 match. A few wickets later, they would play as if it is a test match defending ball after ball with nary a run. After the 36/38/40th over, someone would tell them (I presume) that this is in fact an ODI. Then to make up for lost overs, they would again play as if it is a T20 match and finally get all out with a sense of accomplishment without realizing that it is actually the fielding captain who gets penalized for a slow over rate.
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    However I feel for the bowlers. How gut wrenching it must be for them to lose match after match despite bowling superbly in a side that neither has good fielders nor a decent wicket-keeper?

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  • iTroll
    Jun 16, 2013 - 9:40PM

    Abhi: its not my analysis, its the thinking behind D/L method. Pakistan played 50 overs or not thats other story.

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  • Afsoos
    Jun 17, 2013 - 7:33AM

    @thor:
    Looks like inshallah India won!

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  • sree
    Jun 17, 2013 - 12:46PM

    @Cricketguy:
    @English Boy: Pakistani batsmen were all out for 165 and even without rain India would have won easily. They scored 102/2 in 19 odd overs and scoring another 60/70 runs was never a problem for India.

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