Yesterday we witnessed another great game of Cricket between arch rival India & Pakistan in Group B of ICC Champions Trophy. It was a day of gross miscalculations for Pakistan as they got their Champions Trophy campaign off to a disastrous start. They had let the advantage slip when they contrived to bowl spinners to Virat Kohli when he’d just walked in. The conditions were crying out for a pacer who could trouble the India captain, but Sarfraz Ahmed stuck to his plans and opted to bowl Imad Wasim and Shadab Khan. The spin pair bowled well, but it also allowed Kohli to set himself a platform that he could exploit at the end.
For Pakistan, it was a day to forget, and something that was exacerbated by injuries to two frontline bowlers. Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz had walked off the field during the final stages with leg injuries. That maybe a cause for worry for Pakistan, but after their performance on Sunday (June 4), the side will look at pressing the reset button and ticking the boxes one by one.
The result may suggest an overwhelmingly one-sided affair, but until Yuvraj and Kohli exploded, there was parity. Pakistan’s bowlers, barring the woefully out-of-form Wahab Riaz, had kept the Indian batters in check. But to India’s credit, none of the batsmen in the top order yielded to the pressures of not scoring quickly and throwing their wickets away.
WATCH : VIRAT KOHLI SMASHING WAHAB RIAZ