Although Saturday's Group B finale between rivals India and Pakistan would have no bearing on the tournament outcome given both nations' standing in the group stage coming in, both sides played an inspired match despite some uncooperative weather for most of the day.
In the end, it was India winning for the third time in this tournament, capitalizing on the shortened innings, via BBC Sport:
The margin of victory for India was eight wickets, confirmed by the ICC:
OptaJim tweeted out this interesting stat during Saturday's match, pointing to India's One Day International success against its rival:
50 - India are attempting to win their 50th ODI v Pakistan. Sri Lanka (75) are the only team they've reached this milestone against. Rivals.— OptaJim (@OptaJim) June 15, 2013
India has clearly had the edge in this series throughout history and Saturday's convincing victory cemented its dominance.
From the start, the day looked promising early on as sunshine filled the skies above Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham for the final Group B matchup of the tournament.
But not long after India won the toss and elected to field first, the weather took a turn for the worse as rain forced officials to temporarily suspend play according to the ICC:
Following the brief delay players returned to the field. But it wasn't long before Mother Nature struck again, forcing another break in the action, via Cricket Pakistan:
Every time the umpires inspect, it rains!!!— Sky Sports Cricket (@SkyCricket) June 15, 2013
This suspension of play lasted much longer as officials returned around 1:30 p.m. local time to inspect the pitch according to ICC. Play would finally start back up a little before 3 p.m. local time as players returned to the soggy pitch.
The ICC then announced that the two innings would be 40 overs long:
Ravindra Jadeja was strong for India once both teams settled into a groove, setting up the Pakistani batsmen and helping the Indians pick up some key momentum late.
Pakistan went on the attack late looking to get a result, but India was up to the task, holding up nicely in the field, eventually picking up its third win of the tournament to win Group A with six points and a flawless 3-0 record.
The day and the match would be marred by terrible weather, however, as the match took nearly 10 hours to complete.
The Man of the Match on Saturday was Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who turned in an impressive effort, stepping up when he had to for India, via ICC:
India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni had nothing but praise for his side after another key victory, via ICC:
Pakistan will head home disappointed, having already been eliminated before Saturday's match. It has to sting that much more, though, that their struggling squad wasn't able to pick up a single positive result during their time in the ICC Champions Trophy.
India will now have a few days off before gearing up for its semifinal showdown with the Group A runner-up on Thursday in Cardiff.
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