Like every time they have clashed in the history of the game, arch-rivals India and Pakistan will take fresh guard at Edgbaston with India already in the semifinals and Pakistan out of the competition.
Birmingham: In a rain-marred tie at Edgbaston, India ended up chasing a revised target of 102 from 22 overs after Pakistan were bowled out for 165 inside 40 overs. India end the group stages at the top of the standings in Group B while Pakistan failed to register a single point in the tournament. Scorecard
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Quotes from the presentation:
Bhuvneshwar on his MoM performance: Taking wickets initially is good. Not really woke up nervous. Have to be nervous always but also give 100 percent. In the warm-ups it did not swing but I did not let that affect me. The hardwork has paid off for me. (Match stats - India's first win over Pakistan in Champions Trophy)
Dhoni on the win: Always good to have fans around you. Team is doing well in all departments. Individuals are doing well too and taking up the responsibility. It is cold here but we have done well in the field. We are the top fielding side in the world as of now but key to keep it doing well. 2-3 days off and I will be fine. Bhuvneshwar is someone who does not bowl quick but gives us the early breakthrough. Good to see him bowling well. The lower middle-order too is quite settled. Raina needs a bit more practice in the nets but it will be good if top-order keeps doing the job. Team looking good but death bowling needs improvement.
Misbah on the loss: Weather too played a part but disappointing performance by all of us. Boys played well in Ireland and in the warm-up against South Africa. You can't be a slow started. One bad day can hurt and that's what it did to us. Good batting performance is needed at the top but we did not have any. Bowlers are really a plus for Pakistan. Did not 'enjoy' the tournament much.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the Man of the Match for his brilliant spell of 8-0-19-2.
India beat Pakistan! The Men in Blue win by 8 wickets (D/L) and top Group B. What a win! This is India's 50th ODI win over Pakistan and first (and the last) time in the Champions Trophy. It was a canter in the end as Virat Kohli scrambled for a single to give a much-deserved victory to India.
23:44 (IST): 'We want six, we want six' is the chant going on at Edgbaston as India near a comfortable victory. Karthik hit a four in that over by Ajmal. Just 6 required now.
23:28 (IST): Shikhar Dhawan goes! The in-form left-hander holes out to deep thirdman as he attempts a under-cut for six off Wahab Riaz. He fell just short of a fifty, scored 48 brilliant tuns yet again. India 78/2 in 14.3 overs.
23:22 (IST): India in cruise mode but playing in circumspect manner after the delay. Have added just 4 since returning. 67/1 in 13 overs.
23:15 (IST): Just about time for the match and Indian fans already rejoicing, especially with the target seemingly being a canter. Pakistan players out on the field and so are Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.
Match to start in 20 minutes from now. India's revised target is now 102 from 22 overs - that means Men in Blue require 39 more from 10.3 overs.
And the rain stops! If play resumes for the mere completion of 20 overs, India will have to score 91 - that means 28 more - to win. The sun is meanwhile out and covers are coming off. Cut-off time is 11:09 pm IST.
The fourth rain interruption of the day! It is getting a bit frustrating in Birmingham but that's the way it goes. India 63/1 in 11.3 overs. If and when it starts, target will be further reduced.
22:12 (IST): India lose first wicket! as Rohit Sharma chips down the track off Ajmal and hands a simple catch to Misbah at mid-wicket. He scored a slow 18 off 32 balls. 62/1.
India require 110 to win from 27.5 overs (D/L revised target) as match resumes after yet another rain break. The openers are out again.
And the bad news again! More rain has arrived with India 47/0 and looking comfortable after 8.1 overs. Shikhar on 29 off 24 while Rohit 16 off 25. Another 121 is all that Men in Blue require. There might be Duckworth/Lewis intervention now.
21:29 (IST): Shikhar Dhawan in his elements now - a boundary off Junaid and another cracking one off Irfan - and India going from a steady start to a solid one. 37/0 after 7 overs.
21:22 (IST): Rohit Sharma has opened up a tad bit with a couple of boundaries off Mohammad Irfan. One was a fantastic pull over backward square-leg. 23/0 after 5.3 overs.
21:10 (IST): Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma have started cautiously. Junaid Khan had a lbw appeal against Rohit turned down by the umpire. On replays it proved right with the ball pitching outside. India 7/0 in three overs. (Innings report)
20:37 (IST): Pakistan have been dismissed for 165! What great stuff by Indian bowlers to restrict Pakistan. Mohammad Irfan bludgeoned a straight drive off Umesh Yadav and it hit the stumps. Umesh then removed the stumps with the ball in hand to dismiss Pakistan 2 balls short of their stipulated overs. India need 168 to win after D/L calculation.
Another piece of brilliance, another wicket for India! Pakistan 9 down now as Virat Kohli runs Junaid Khan out for a duck. What fielding unit the Men in Blue are turning into. Awesome stuff!
Pakistan 8 down now! Saeed Ajmal goes, trying to up the ante, as Rohit Sharma gobbles up a fine catch at short cover off Ishant. 159/8 in 38.1 overs.
20:21 (IST): Umar Amin trying hard to get Pakistan some momentum at the fag end of the innings. He has hit a couple of fours - one each off Ishant and Jadeja. Pakistan are 156/7 in 37 overs, 3 more to go.
And another one goes down! This is getting ridiculous by the minute. Pakistan seven down as Ashwin finds a huge gap between Wahab Riaz's pads and the bat. 140/7 and in deep, deep trouble.
20:03 (IST): Another one bites the dust! Shoaib Malik (17) falls to that man Ravindra Jadeja, who gets his second of the day. That was a simple lbw decision but the Pakistan batsman tried his luck with the DRS. No chance for a reversal there. 139/6 and in trouble with 7 overs to go.
And Ishant strikes for India! Asad Shafiq goes as Dhoni snaps one down the legside. Given not-out by Richard Kettleborough but Ishant and Dhoni review. Decision overturned as it came off the edge. India do not like DRS but it surely is helping them. 131/5 now.
19:52 (IST): And the sun is out in Birmingham. Looking good now. Pakistan batsmen Shoaib Malik and Asad Shafiq trying to open up now. 12 runs of the last two overs - 7 off Ishant's and 5 off Jadeja's. 131/4 in 31 overs with 9 to go.
19:45 (IST): While Kohli went for 7 in his second over, Jadeja bowls another meagre one. Just one of his 4th over as Shoaib Malik (8) tries to get his eye in. Asad Shafiq batting on 37. Pakistan 119/4 in 29 overs.
19:38 (IST): Misbah dismissed, through the gate! And it is that man again, 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja who gets that one to skid through. Pakistan 110/4 now as rain getting more persistent.
19:34 (IST): If a semi-final is rained out, the group topper in that fixture will proceed to the final. If the final is rained out - title shared. If this match is rained out, a whole lot of fans will be left disappointed. Another tight over by Ashwin. Pakistan 101/3 after 26 overs.
19:25 (IST): And as 'Sir' Ravindra Jadeja comes in to bowl at Edgbaston, more rain in the sight. Umbrellas going up once again. Droplets can be seen on the cameras once again. Jadeja meanwhile 'flies by' with his over. 91/3 after 23 overs.
19:20 (IST): And Dhoni springs up a surprise for Pakistan batsmen. Virat Kohli gets his first over of the day and gives away just the four runs.
19:18 (IST): Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq hits Ashwin for a beautiful reverse flick that went for four in the very first over after the long break in Birmingham. Pakistan 77/3 in 20 overs.
19:05 (IST): The game being reduced to 40-overs a side has also affected the powerplays - now 8 overs and 4 overs split.
19:00 (IST): It is a 40-over a side game now. So, Pakistan will have another 21 overs to play.
18:54 (IST): Good news finally! Play to start around 19:15 IST, that's 20 minutes from now. It seems, the match will be a 37 or 38 over affair. Shall be confirming the exact situation in a bit.
18:50 (IST): Umpires are out in the middle for the much anticipated inspection at Edgbaston. About 20 overs have been lost till now, according to the commentators.
18:40 (IST): Good news! Covers are coming off in Birmingham!
18:15 (IST): The sun has gone behind the clouds in Birmingham and it is being said that the next inspection is at 18:45 IST. (In pic: Kohli's catch to dismiss Akmal off Ashwin)
18:08 (IST): After 17:37pm IST, an over will be lost every 4.2 minutes. With almost half-an-hour gone till now, around 7-8 overs are already lost in the match. Next inspection, it seems, will all that will be announced now.
18:00 (IST): Umbrellas are gone now, crowd looking chirpy but super-sopper working overtime at the ground in Edgbaston. Umpires Ian Gould and Richard Kettleborough out in the park for inspection. The outfield is still not safe. Covers remain on and around the pitch.
17:55 (IST): And just about 15 minutes from the inspection, rain starts again in Birmingham. Not looking good as of now.
a lot of people have paid lot of good money to watch this game.....surely we can have more people helping to take the water off the covers
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 15, 2013
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17:25 (IST): Meanwhile, have a look at a fans' gallery at the India vs Pakistan match. There is colour, there is glamour, there is hope, there is flavour. All that could be there in a game between the arch-rivals. (Images)
17:20 (IST): Latest from Edgbaston - Inspection at 18:00 IST. Clouds seem to be breaking now and groundsmen working hard to get the playing conditions in order.
16:56 (IST): News from Edgbaston is that this shower is quite heavy. Thunder showers predicted over the next 4 hours in the India vs Pakistan match in Birmingham. A bit of a dampener for fans but fingers crossed!
16:50 (IST): Indian bowlers have kept it tight till now - Bhuvneshwar (2/19 in his 8 overs), Umesh Yadav (0/21 in his 5), Ishant Sharma (0/19 in 3) and Ashwin (1/10 in 3).
Nasir Jamshed was out for 2 off 9 - he has three ODI centuries and all against India- caught by Raina at slip off Bhuvneshwar. Mohammad Hafeez was the next to go for 27 off 31 off Bhuvneshwar again caught by Dhoni and the last to depart was Kamran Akmal (21 off 38) caught by Kohli off Ashwin.
16:39 (IST): And a few drops of rain strike Birmingham again. Fans getting their umbrellas out. And play has been stopped again! This is getting a bit crazy out there. Pakistan 70/3 in 19 overs, Misbah (5) and Shafiq (14).
16:35 (IST): Another brilliant over by Ashwin. He has gone for 10 in his three overs. Pakistan 66/3 in 18 overs as Asad Shafiq, who replaced Akmal at the crease, bats with skipper Misbah.
16:25 (IST): And Ashwin strikes! off the very first ball of his second over. That turned viciously as the off-spinner tossed it up outside Kamran Akmal's off stump. MS Dhoni's plan to keep a leg-slip too works wonders as the catch is glanced off the Indian skipper straight into the hands of Virat Kohli. Pakistan 56/3 in 15.1 overs.
16:24 (IST): Bhuvneshwar, it seems, will be given his full quota of 10. His 8 overs till now have cost just 19 with 2 big wickets to his credit too.
16:20 (IST): R Ashwin given his first over of the day and the off-spinner bowls a tight one giving just the three runs away. Pakistan 54/2 in 14 overs.
16:14 (IST): Bhuvneshwar strikes for India with Hafeez's (27 off 31) wicket straight after the rain interruption. Pakistan 50/2 in 12.4 overs now. The Pakistan all-rounder was snapped by Dhoni, who took a fine catch low to his right.
16:04 (IST) The covers are coming off now. Sun is out and play to start soon.
15:55 (IST) It has started raining and umpires have called for covers. It's heavier this time and players are asked to leave the field. Pakistan 50/1 after 12 overs.
15:50 (IST) Mohammad Hafeez survives a close run out chance. Kamran Akmal plays it to mid on and Hafeez wanted a single. He was just back on time
15:44 (IST) Kamran Akmal and Mohammad Hafeez fight back. India have made one bowling change so far, Ishant Sharma replaces Umesh Yadav. Pakistan are 43/1 after the mandatory powerplay. It's has started drizzling, but it seems a passing shower.
15:25 (IST) Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowls consecutive maiden overs. Seven of his 14 maiden overs in ODIs have come against Pakistan. Nasir Jamshed against India in ODIs before today: 53*, 112, 101*, 106, 34. Pakistan 7/1 after 5 overs.
15: 11 (IST) Bhuvneshwar Kumar draws first blood. Nasir Jamshed gets a thick outside edge to Suresh Raina at second slip after scoring 2 runs. Pakistan 4/1 after 2.3 overs.
14: 33 (IST) India have won the toss and will bowl against Pakistan. India have made no changes to their playing XI, while Imran Farhat is out, Asad Shafiq is back in Pakistan side. (Toss report)
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