India Dominate Pakistan to Grab First 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Win

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistJune 4, 2017

India's Umesh Yadav (2R) celebrates the wicket of Pakistan's Shoaib Malik with teammates during the ICC Champions trophy match between India and Pakistan at Edgbaston in Birmingham on June 4, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Paul ELLIS / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE        (Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
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India (319/3) dominated rivals Pakistan (164 all out) during a rain-interrupted 2017 ICC Champions Trophy match on Sunday, winning their first match of the tournament by 124 runs and taking a big step toward the knockout stages in the process.

The Men in Blue cruised to a total of 319 thanks to great knocks from Rohit Sharma (91 from 119 balls) and Virat Kohli (unbeaten 81), before their bowlers took over and obliterated Pakistan's lineup.

Umesh Yadav was the star man with the ball, taking three wickets in 7.4 overs. His dismissal of Hasan Ali brought a premature end to the contest in the 34th of 41 overs. Pakistan had been chasing a revised target of 289.

Cricketer Mohammad Kaif was impressed:

India very much looked like a side ready to defend their title in their innings, as Sharma, Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan found the boundary with ease and had little trouble figuring out the Pakistan spinners.

Yuvraj Singh added to the damage with some superb hitting in the death overs, scoring 53 from 32. To make matters worse for Pakistan, Hardik Pandya added a quick unbeaten 20 from just six deliveries.

ESPNcricinfo's Ahmer Naqvi thought the Men in Blue could have scored even more:

Faced with such a daunting total, as well as a rain delay, Pakistan had to take risks to have any chance of winning. The result was a bowling onslaught, as all of India's bowlers found success. Only Jasprit Bumrah finished the match without a wicket, giving up 23 runs in five overs.

The win takes India to the top of their group, tied with South Africa, who beat Sri Lanka on Saturday. The Proteas and Men in Blue are expected to advance to the knockout stages, and based on their first outings, neither Pakistan or Sri Lanka seem capable of stopping them.