x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 20 January 2018

India make light of run chase in Champions Trophy dead rubber against Pakistan

Shikhar Dhawan top scores after Bhuvneshwar Kumar triggered another batting collapse amid rain delays.

India's Shikhar Dhawan was among runs again. Jon Super / AP Photo
India's Shikhar Dhawan was among runs again. Jon Super / AP Photo

India's Shikhar Dhawan consolidated his position as the leading run-scorer as the tournament favourites eased to victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in a rain-affected match at Edgbaston.

The 27 year old, having scored centuries in his two previous innings, was unfazed by the stop-start nature of the innings as he extended his overall tally to 264 with 48 off 41 balls.

That was enough to guide India to an eight-wicket Duckworth-Lewis method victory after early blows from Bhuvneshwar Kumar set Pakistan back to 165

"We are the top fielding side in world cricket as of now, we need to keep the intensity up," winning captain MS Dhoni said. "Bhuvneshwar bowls very good areas, and can swing the ball, he's someone who has given us the early breakthroughs."

Wet weather disrupted the dead rubber throughout in front of a sell-out 22,832 crowd with India already through to the semi-finals of the Champions Trophy and Pakistan eliminated after three successive batting failures.

"In this sort of format, it is too short for the teams because you have one bad day at the start of the tournament," rued Misbah-ul-Haq, the Pakistan captain.

The batsmen failed to fire again yesterday and were dismissed with three balls of their reduced 40-over allocation remaining.

India were initially set a revised target of 168 off 40 overs, only for one rain shower to cut it to 157 in 36 and a second to bring it down to 102 in 22 overs.

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