Felt like a club batter in front of Yuvraj: Kohli

Rajkumar further said that India's Sunday night performance has established that it can overcome the South African side to lift the trophy.

India have begun the defence of their ICC Champions Trophy with an impressive win against Pakistan at Edgbaston.

Yuvraj Singh showed his great sportsmanship towards Pakistan player.

Both Yuvraj and Kohli were given lives en route to their match-changing knocks.

Rohit Sharma outscored Kohli at the head of the Indian innings, making 91, but chewed up 63 dot balls and advanced at a modest strike-rate of 76. Total: (all out; 33.4 overs) 164.

Babar Azam could only manage to make eight runs, while Azhar Ali scored 50 off 65 balls, which included six boundaries, before he was sent packing by Ravindra Jadeja.

The Indian batsmen were particularly brutal on Pakistan seamer Wahab Riaz, who went for 87 runs in 8.4 overs before limping off injured, the most expensive spell of five overs or more in Champions Trophy history. It will take them, I don't know what to, get back to what they were about 15 years back. "In the field we were still a 6 today", Kohli said.

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But Pakistan were passive opponents, awful in the field, flaky under crucial catches and unable to mount a credible chase when asked to pursue 289 in 41 overs on Duckworth/Lewis after a series of rain delays. Very strong performance, we've taken the confidence from the practice games.

Earlier, put in to bat first, openers Rohit Sharma (91) and Shikhar Dhawan (68) provided their side with a ideal start as not only did they blast half-centuries each, but also went on to stitch a huge 136-run stand, thus making them the most successful opening pair in the history of the eight-team marquee event.

"I think until 40 I was easing into the game, taking my ones and twos like I always do".

Thanks to the big hitting by Yuvraj, Kohli and Hardik Pandya, India amassed 72 runs in the last four overs with the 46th and 48th going for 21 and 23 runs.

Pakistan won the toss and elected to bowl first. It leaves them requiring victories from their final two games against Sri Lanka and South Africa to have any chance of progressing to the semi-finals. They play spin really well, and majority are right-handers.

"India's batsmen pounded Pakistan into the ground", The Hindu article said.

Yuvraj added: "We started well with the bat and the bowlers came and stuck to the plan and took wickets at regular intervals". They scored 124 in those last eight, and the momentum went to India.

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