Pakistan's Wahab Riaz out of Champions Trophy

A headline in The Hindu read "India knocks the stuffing out of Pakistan" with the newspaper calling the recent cricketing rivalry between the two neighbours "anything but competitive".

The atmosphere around the ground was electric though the day began on a sombre note with players of both teams observing a minute's silence for the people killed in the London Bridge terrorist attack.

Once again the Indians proved far too strong for the Green Shirts in a major tournament in a rain-affected game at Edgbaston as fifties from Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and Virat Kohli propelled the Indians to 319-3 from 48 overs.

Wahab also suffered side strain after the warm-up match against Bangladesh on May 27 but did attain full fitness in the days leading up to the India match. However, we came across an adorable video of Yuvraj that revealed that Yuvi is not just an exceptional cricketer but also a talented actor.

Birmingham (PTI): Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh stood out in an all-round batting effort, propelling India to 319 for three against Pakistan after rain halted proceedings twice in the marquee clash of the Champions Trophy here on Sunday. Yuvraj should have been out for eight but Hasan Ali, sliding round at long-off, dropped the two-handed catch off Shadab. Wahab will not be able to continue to play in remaining games of the Champions Trophy. Babar Azam (8) was next to go as he gave a dolly of a catch to Ravindra Jadeja off Umesh Yadav.

Fast bowler Wahab Riaz was ruled out Monday of the remainder of the Champions Trophy with an ankle injury and is likely to be replaced with Muhammad Abbas.

"Let's get something straight first off. Wahab Riaz was fully fit". Shoaib Malik was the only man who looked in good form and could have been a threat, but thanks to the poor running between the wickets even he got out to Jadeja's brilliant throw from deep point. "We don't run well enough between wickets", he said.

In reply, Pakistan finished on 164 all out in 33.4 overs - opener Azhar Ali's 50 off 65 balls and Mohammad Hafeez's 33 off 43 providing the only resistance - and rarely looked in the game. "The tactic was perplexing for me since the match wasn't being played in the UAE!", Afridi added.

"He's a game changer with the bat".

Kohli said: "This one's done and dusted".

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed felt his side lost the plot in the last overs of the Indian innings. And I'll take the blame, me, I'll take it. "I think we need to stick together and control our bowling rate, especially last few overs", a disappointed Sarfraz said.

Yuvraj Singh put in a man-of-the-match display, scoring 53 off just 32 deliveries. They scored 124 in those last eight, and the momentum went to India.

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