Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli stars as India smash Pakistan

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That was India captain Virat Kohli's conclusion, who said Yuvraj transformed the match and his team-mates' mindsets completely with his presence and his skills in a 124-run win over Pakistan in their 2017 Champions Trophy showdown on Sunday.

Batting first, India scored 319 runs in 48 overs reduced due to rain interruptions.

While the 28-year-old does "enjoy" playing against his country's arch-rivals, he added that the decision regarding bilateral series between the two nations should be left to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In the field we were still 6.

The IPL winning captain added 56 runs for the 2nd wicket with Virat Kohli as India kept the scoreboard ticking without looking to score big before an unfortunate run out saw an end to Rohit's crucial 91 run knock.

"The way he batted was the way only he can strike the ball", the Indian skipper said.

But Jadeja had his revenge by running Shoaib out with a direct hit from backward point to leave Pakistan all but out of the game at 114 for four in the 24th over. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma began the proceedings for the Men in Blue.

"I got to know in the 46th over, when coach told me, 'You will be going next, go pad up.' Obviously, I padded up quickly and once I got my gloves, I went out straightaway because Yuvi paa got out", Pandya said in an interview.

Another mistake was not building on the pressure when they got the big wicket of Shikhar Dhawan.

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In the end, though, the sides were separated not just by quality but by mentality.

Yuvraj Singh hit a whirlwind half century that provided the late flourish to post 300 plus and earned him the "Man of the match award".

India will play their next fixture against Sri Lanka on June 8 at The Oval.

Wahab sustained an ankle injury during the 124-run loss (D/L) against India on Sunday and it now will keep him out for the rest of the tournament.

Afridi was also scathing on his attack on the Pakistani batsmen, who could muster just 164 runs.

When Yuvraj departed lbw to Hasan it led to another upping of the ante, Kohli unfurling some imperious strokes and Hardik Pandya (20no) launcing Imad for three sixes in as many balls in the final over.

An unperturbed Kohli and new batsman Pandya played freely and started knocking the ball out of the ground.

Shahid Afridi was appalled by Pakistan's abject surrender but he credited India for their commanding show, saying the defending champions lived upto the favourites tag in their Champions Trophy opener here.

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