23:45 IST India shoot up in the standings of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 as they have a net run rate of +3.02 which might prove to be beneficial in the coming games with rain threat looming over matches. India outclass Pakistan in every department of the game. At first, it was batting that lifted Indian fans’ spirits with almost everyone doing well with the bat. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma provided the perfect platform to build on whereas Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh carried it forward and Hardik Pandya finishing it off in style.

The bowling department turned out to be too good for an inexperienced Pakistan batsmen as they were bundled out for 164 with 44 balls to spare.

23:35 IST A comprehensive win for India as they romp over Pakistan, with this win they get on the top of Group B’s table pipping South Africa from the top!

23:32 IST Yuvraj Singh adjudged ‘Man of the Match’ for his whirlwind 53 from 32 balls!

23:32 IST This is India’s biggest victory in the history of Champions Trophy!

23:27 IST India beat Pakistan by 124 runs (DLS method)

23:26 IST Umesh Yadav continues his over, Hasan Ali comes to bat. WICKET! Another one bites the dust. PAK 164/9.

23:24 IST WICKET! Amir c Kedar Jadhav b U Yadav 9(16)

PAK need 127 from 48 balls

23:22 IST Jasprit Bumrah comes to bowl, he has a slip in place for Amir. A single taken off the first ball, just pushed the ball on the back foot. Bumrah beats Shadab on the next ball, a dot one. Shadab plays the next ball towards mid on, another dot ball. He works the next ball for a single towards fine le, mild appeal from Bumrah for run out but the Third Umpire gives not out. Amir plays the ball towards mid off, a dot ball. A single off the last ball of the over. PAK 162/7.

23:19 IST Shadab Khan on strike, Umesh Yadav comes to bat. A dot ball to start the over with. Next ball, in the air and dropped! Kedar Jadhav drops the catch. A single taken off that ball. A dot one to follow. Amir takes a couple of runs towards the third man. A bouncer from Yadav, Amir ducks that one. Amir takes a single off the next ball. A dot ball to end the over. PAK 159/7.

23:15 IST Ravindra Jadeja gets through his over within a minute, just two singles from the over. India heading towards a big victory!

23:13 IST Mohammad Amir comes to bat, he takes a single off the last ball of the over after playing two dot balls. PAK 153/7.

23:09 IST WICKET! Sarfraz c Dhoni b Hardik Pandya 15(16)

23:09 IST Hardik Pandya continues, WIDE! That was down the leg side. Sarfraz punches the next ball towards covers, a dot ball. FOUR! A straight drive from Sarfraz and goes towards the boundary. Edged and gone! WICKET! PAK 151/7.

23:07 IST Jadeja continues, Shadab Khan on strike, four dot balls from him to start the over with. SIX! Shadab goes over the deep midwicket, hits a maximum, that was a clean hit. FOUR! Another boundary from the over, good batting from Shadab Khan. PAK 146/6.

23:04 IST Shadab Khan comes to bat, he takes a single off the last ball of the over. PAK 136/6.

23:01 IST WICKET! Imad Wasim c Jadhav b Pandya 0(1)

22:59 IST Imad Wasim comes to bat. Next ball, a dot to Sarfraz. He takes a single off the last ball of the over. PAK 134/5.

22:56 IST WICKET! Hafeez c Bhuvneshwar b Jadeja 33(43)

22:25 IST Hardik Pandya comes to bowl, Hafeez works the first ball into the gap, takes a couple fo runs. Another couple of runs off the next ball, good running between the wickets from the two Pakistani batsmen. A single taken on the next ball, Sarfraz on strike. He works the ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Hafeez takes another single. WIDE! That was down the leg side. A dot ball to end the over. PAK 131/4.

Pakistan need 166 runs to win from 16 overs.

22:49 IST Jadeja continues, Sarfraz on strike, FOUR! He sweeps the first ball for a boundary, that’s a good start to the over. He takes a single off the next ball. Hafeez takes a single off the next ball towards the covers. Sarfraz defends the next ball. He tries to sweep the next ball, misses it, a dot ball. Another dot ball to end the over. PAK 123/4.

22:47 IST Sarfraz Ahmed comes to bat, he takes a single towards square of the wicket. Hafeez swings his bat on the next ball, a dot one. Hafeez pulls the short ball, a couple of runs taken. DD 117/4.

22:43 IST WICKET! Shoaib Malik run out (Jadeja) 15(9)

22:43 IST Umesh Yadav comes into the attack, he starts off with a dot ball to Hafeez. He takes a single off the next ball towards deep square leg. Direct hit, WICKET! That was a direct hit from Jadeja which came out of nowhere, Malik had no chance to make it back to the crease. PAK 114/4.

22:40 IST Jadeja continues, Hafeez on strike, a dot ball to start with. FOUR! This time Hafeez gets a boundary, a much-needed one for him. Hafeez takes a single off the next ball. SIX! Malik comes down the wicket and plays it over Jadeja’s head, that’s a maximum for him. The game is still on for Pakistan. Meanwhile, the ball has got lost. A dot ball to end the over. PAK 113/3.

22:35 IST Hardik Pandya continues, Hafeex takes a single off the first ball. Malik on strike, he plays a dot ball. FOUR! Malik gets a boundary and gets off the mark in style, that was wide on the off stump. FOUR! Another boundary for Malik, that was a misdirected ball from Hardik. 100 up for Pakistan! Malik takes a single off the next ball towards the third man. Hafeez takes a single off the last ball. PAK 102/3.

22:31 IST Shoaib Malik comes to bat, a dot ball to start with. PAK 91/3.

22:29 IST Jadeja continues, Hafeez takes a single off the first ball. A dot ball to follow. Azhar takes a single off the next ball and reaches his 50! Hafeez takes a single towards deep midwicket. WICKET! That was in the air and gone, Azhar departs soon after scoring his 50. PAK 91/3.

22:26 IST Hardik continues, Azhar is on 49 now but Hafeez is on strike. Two dot deliveries from Hardik, he is hitting good line and lengths, not letting Hafeez get off the strike easily. One more dot ball to follow. Hafeez tries to pull the next ball, hits him on the body, another dot. Hardik is putting pressure on Hafeez, not a single off the first five balls. A single taken off the last ball. PAK 88/2.

22:23 IST Jadeja continues, Azhar on strike, FOUR! He picks the short ball and pulls it for a boundary. He pushes the next ball towards short cover, misfielded, a  single taken. Next ball, it hits him on the pads, an lbw appeal but the Umpire says no. Two more dot deliveries to follow. PAK 87/2.

22:20 IST Hardik continues, Hafeez takes a single off the second ball. Azhar awkwardly defends the next ball, he has been on the pitch for a while now and needs to hit a few boundaries. Azhar works the ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Swing and a miss, Hafeez is struggling to hit the ball, this time could not hit the bouncer. He pulls the last ball of the over for a single. PAK 82/2.

22:16 IST Ravindra Jadeja comes to bowl, Hafeez takes a single off the first ball. A huge lbw appeal from Jadeja on the next ball but the Umpire says no. Two more singles from the over. PAK 79/2.

23:13 IST Hardik Pandya continues, Azhar takes a single off the first ball. Hafeez takes a single after playing a dot ball. Two more singles to follow. Pakistan needs boundaries now otherwise the required run rate might get out of hand. Short pitched ball from Pandya, WIDE! That was too short from him. PAK 76/2.

22:08 IST Umesh Yadav continues, Azhar takes a single off the first ball. A dot ball to follow. He plays the ball towards deep extra cover. Another dot ball to end the over. PAK 67/2.

22:04 IST Hardik Pandya comes into bowl, Azhar ALi on strike, two dot balls to start with, Pakistan need to accelerate now or the required run rate might get out of hand. In the air and dropped! Bhuvneshwar drops the catch at long on. A couple of runs taken off that one. A dot ball to follow. Azhar plays the ball towards mid off, another dot ball. A single taken on the last ball. PAK 64/2.

22:00 IST Mohammad Hafeex comes to bat, he is beaten on the first ball by Umes, misses the stumps by a whisker. Two more dot balls to follow, good bowling from Umesh so far. Swing and a miss! Another dot ball to end the over. PAK 61/2.

21:57 IST WICKET! Babar Azam c Jadeja b U Yadav 8(12)

21:57 IST Umesh Yadav continues, Azam on strike, FOUR! Good cut shot from Azam, Jadhav misfields and a boundary given. Next ball, caught, Jadeja takes the catch! WICKET, PAK 61/2.

21:53 IST Bumrah continues, Azhar on strike, the first ball hits his pads, a single taken off that one. Azam guides the next ball towards the third man, takes a single. Another single taken, Azhar rotates strike. A dot ball to follow. Next ball, Azam flicks the ball towards midwicket, Bhuvneshwar misfields, a couple of runs gifted to Pakistan. A single off the last ball. PAK 57/1.

21:49 IST Umesh Yadav comes to bowl, Babar Azam on strike. Yadav is pitching the ball up to him, not letting him settle early on in the innings, good bowling from him. Five dot deliveries from Umesh. A maiden over from Umesh Yadav. PAK 51/1.

21:45 IST Bumrah continues, FOUR! Short ball from him and Azhar makes the most of it, finds a boundary off the first ball of the over. Dot balls after dot balls from Bumrah, good comeback from him, just 4 runs from the over. PAK 51/1.

21:40 IST End of powerplay overs, Azhar works the ball towards point, picks up a couple of runs. He works the next ball for a single towards short midwicket. Shehzad works the next ball towards the third man. FOUR! Azhar pushes the ball past the mid off fielder, a boundary towards long off. Edged and safe, a single taken on the next ball. A huge lbw appeal and the Umpire raises his finger. WICKET! 

21:36 IST Bumrah continues, he is putting the pressure on Shehzad, not giving him much room to work with, three dot deliveries. He takes a single towards the third man on the fourth ball of the over. FOUR! Length ball from Bumrah, Azhar picks it and hits it down the ground for a boundary. A quick single off the last ball of the over. PAK 38/0.

21:32 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, Shehzad takes a single off the first ball. Ali drives the ball, Dhawan makes the misfield, just a single off that one. Shehzad plays the ball past point, Jadeja puts in a dive and in doing so drops his pants, a single taken anyway. Another single, Shehzad keeps the scoreboard moving. A dot ball to follow, a swing and a miss. Another dot ball to end the over. PAK 32/0.

21:28 IST Jasprit Bumrah comes to bowl his first over of the innings. Shehzad defends the first ball, no runs scored off that one. Shehzad works the next ball away for a single towards the third man. Azhar pushes the ball towards covers, a dot ball. Swing and a miss, another dot ball, good bowling from Bumrah. He pushes the next ball down the ground but fielded inside the circle, a dot ball. FOUR! Azhar flashes his bat hard, gets a boundary off that one. PAK 27/0.

21:25 IST Bhuvneshwar Kumar will continue his over and bowl the last ball of the 5th over. A dot ball to finish off the over. PAK 22/0.

21:23 IST It’s a sunny weather at Edgbaston. Players are back in the ground as play resumes!

21:18 IST If the play resumes soon Pakistan would need to score 289 from 41 overs!

21:17 IST Good news the covers have started to come off, the rain has disappeared miraculously!

21:14 IST The cutoff time is still almost a couple of hours away but the rain needs to stop at Edgbaston for an India vs Pakistan clash.

21:11 IST The rain is back on at Edgbaston and it does not seem like it is going to stop any soon. BAD NEWS!

21:04 IST We are bound to lost overs in the game because of the rain. If we get a 20-over game here, Pakistan will have to score 173 runs to beat India.

20:59 IST According to DLS method, if Pakistan manage to score 104 in 20 overs for no loss, they will win the game. It seems like the rain is going to affect India’s chances at Edgbaston deeply.

20:56 IST Few overs are bound to get deducted if rain stays persistent for a while!

20:53 IST Rain interrupts play yet again.

20:52 IST Bhuvneshwar Kumar continues, he is putting pressure on Shehzad, dot ball after dot deliveries. India need a wicket in the powerplays to get Pakistan to panic. A huge lbw appeal on the next ball, a single taken anyway, no review taken. A dot ball to follow. Meanwhile, the rain is back at Edgbaston. The covers are back on. PAK 22/0.

20:48 IST Umesh Yadav continues, beats Azhar on the offstump line, a fine delivery from Umesh. Azhar defends the next ball, another dot ball. Azhar works the next ball towards the third man, takes a single. Shehzad picks up a single towards midwicket. A wild swing from Azhar but inside edges it, a dot ball. FOUR! Azhar pulls that one, gets a boundary towards deep square leg. PAK 21/0.

20:44 IST Bhuvneshwar continues, Azhar takes a single towards mid on after a dot ball. Shehzad works the next ball towards the third man. Next ball, Azhar flicks it away for three runs, Bumrah puts in a dive and saves a run for his team, gets applaud from his teammates. Next ball, that hurried on to Shehzad, a dot ball. He lets the last ball go to Dhoni, a dot ball. PAK 15/0.

20:39 IST Umesh Yadav comes to bowl, Ahmed Shehzad on strike, a dot ball to start with, directed towards stumps. FOUR! Here’s the first boundary of Pakistan innings, that was cut away towards square for a boundary. The next one was directed into stumps, a dot ball. Shehzad takes a single off the next ball, gets Azhar on strike. An inswinger on the next one, a dot ball to Axhar. Last ball of the over. Azhar pulls the ball for a single. PAK 10/0.

20:35 IST Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Azhar Ali, WIDE! That was way down the leg side. Two dot balls to follow, Azhar is being cautious early on in the innings, letting the out-swingers go. Next ball, swing and a miss, WIDE! That was a bit outside the line of off stump. A dot ball to follow, good bowling from Bhuvneshwar. That was full and on to the pads, Azhar works it towards midwicket, takes a couple of runs. Another dot ball from Bhuvneshwar. Last ball of the over, a dot ball to end it with. PAK 4/0.

20:31 IST Pakistan openers are in the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to open the bowling for India!

20:14 IST Meanwhile, Wahab Riaz becomes the most expensive player in the history of Champions Trophy. He gave 87 runs in 8.4 overs and the irony is he did not even bowl the full quota of 10 overs.

20:12 IST With rain playing a spoilsport at Edgbaston once again, we might witness a few more overs deducted in the India vs Pakistan clash.

20:07 IST Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli’s last over heroics take India to a mammoth total in the last over. Pakistan need 324 to beat India according to DLS method. 

20:02 IST Last over of the innings. Imad Wasim comes to bowl Pandya on strike. SIX! He whacks it over long on for a maximum, what a shot from Pandya. SIX! Here’s the second one on the trot, this is turning out to be a brilliant over for India. SIX! That’s number 3 of the lot. That’s a monstrous hit from Pandya! 18 off first three 3 balls. A slower one from Wasim, Pandya misses it, an appeal but denied. Review from Wasim. Pandya goes for the big shot again, gets just a single. Kohli on strike for the last ball, SIX! A maximum to end the innings, that’s a mammoth total for Pakistan to chase! IND 296/3.

19:56 IST Hardik Pandya comes to bat ahead of MS Dhoni. He takes a single off the first ball towards covers. FOUR! That is sheer class from Kohli, carves it past the covers fielder, marvelous shot. SIX! That’s even better, an advanced version of previous shot, that’s over covers boundary for a maximum. He is on a rampage now. He will go for the kill. A dot ball to finish off the over. IND 296/3.

19:53 IST WICKET! Yuvraj lbw Hasan Ali 53(32)

19:51 IST Ali comes to bowl, he bowls a yorker to Yuvraj, asks for a review straight away.

19:50 IST Imad Wasim comes to bowl as Wahab Riaz walks off the field. A dot ball to finish off the over. IND 285/2.

19:46 IST Yuvraj Singh gets to his 50 from 30 balls! IND 285/2.

19:45 IST Riaz continues, Kohli on strike, FOUR! That was pure wrist work from Kohli, gets a boundary towards midwicket. SIX! That’s an evene better shot, second siz for Kohli. He takes a single off the next ball. FOUR! Yuvraj gets another boundary. He takes a single off the last ball. IND 285/2.

19:42 IST Ali continues, Kohli hits the ball down the ground, gets just a single towards long on. FOUR! Yuvraj rocks back in his crease and hits the ball over long on for a boundary, he is in a splendid form against Pakistan, hammering boundaries. He takes a single off the next ball. SIX! Kohli goes big, hits it over long on, that will lift his spirits. FIFTY for Kohli. He takes a single towards covers on the next ball. FOUR! Yuvraj hammers another ball for a boundary, this time towards deep midwicket. 17 runs from the over. IND 264/2.

19:38 IST Mohammad Amir leaves the field as his injury looks a bit serious. Wahab Riaz will be continuing his over. Yuvraj pulls the ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Kohli pushes the ball towards long on. Yuvraj tries to hit the slower ball, could not time that one, just a single. Kohli tries to flick the fuller delivery from Riaz but finds the midwicket fielder, a dot ball. In the air, dropped again! Amir’s substitute drops Kohli’s catch. IND 247/2.

19:32 IST Amir continues, Kohli on strike, the first ball hits his pads, a single taken. Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir seemed to have pulled a muscle there, he is on the ground, looks in pain. IND 243/2.

19:30 IST Hasan Ali continues, Yuvraj takes a single towards deep midwicket. Kohli plays a dot ball, he is struggling to get going today. He takes a single off the next ball, gets Yuvraj on strike. FOUR! That is vintage Yuvraj, a short arm jab down the ground. What a shot from him. A dot ball to follow as Hasan goes full and wide. SIX! Short slower ball, Yuvraj punishes the loose delivery, a maximum over square leg to end the over. IND 242/2.

19:26 IST Amir comes back into the attack, Kohli takes a single off the second ball, gets Yuvraj on strike. Yuvraj plays it off the hips towards square leg, takes a single. Kohli mistimes the next ball towards mid off, just a single there. Good over for Amir so far. FOUR! Yuvraj picks the slower ball and muscles it towards midwicket boundary, he is on song today. Wasim must be cursing himself from dropping his catch. Yuvraj takes a single off the last ball of the over, retains strike. IND 230/2.

19:30 IST Hasan Ali continues, Yuvraj takes a single towards deep midwicket. Kohli plays a dot ball, he is struggling to get going today. He takes a single off the next ball, gets Yuvraj on strike. FOUR! That is vintage Yuvraj, a short arm jab down the ground. What a shot from him. A dot ball to follow as Hasan goes full and wide. SIX! Short slower ball, Yuvraj punishes the loose delivery, a maximum over square leg to end the over. IND 242/2.

19:26 IST Amir comes back into the attack, Kohli takes a single off the second ball, gets Yuvraj on strike. Yuvraj plays it off the hips towards square leg, takes a single. Kohli mistimes the next ball towards mid off, just a single there. Good over for Amir so far. FOUR! Yuvraj picks the slower ball and muscles it towards midwicket boundary, he is on song today. Wasim must be cursing himself from dropping his catch. Yuvraj takes a single off the last ball of the over, retains strike. IND 230/2.

19:22 IST Hasan Ali comes to bowl, Kohli on strike, he pulls the short ball towards midwicket, takes a couple of runs. A dot ball to follow, Hasan bowls a good line and length. Kohli goes for a big shot, mistimes it, a single taken. FOUR! Yuvraj gets lucky again, inside edge off the bat runs towards the boundary. Hasan Ali’s yorker goes for a toss. He takes a single off the next ball. Kohli pulls the slower bouncer towards midwicket, takes a single. IND 222/2.

19:17 IST Riaz continues despite giving 13 runs in the previous over, Kohli takes a single off the first ball, still not looking to hit big shots. A dot ball to follow for Yuvraj. He times the ball to perfection on the next one, gets a couple of runs towards square. A dot ball to follow as Yuvraj cuts it towards point fielder Shadab Khan. A short ball from Riaz surprising Yuvraj, a dot ball. FOUR! A boundary from Yuvraj to end the over. IND 213/2.

19:13 IST With 10 overs to go into India’s innings, Sarfraz Ahmed introduced leg-spinner Shadab Khan to bowl. He starts off with a dot ball to Yuvraj. He drives the next ball towards covers. Kohli takes a single off the next ball towards long on. In the air and dropped! Yuvraj came down the wicket to hit that one, Imad Wasim drops it, a single taken off that one. Kohli takes a single off the next ball. A dot one to finish off the over. IND 206/2.

19:09 IST Wahab Riaz back into the attack, Kohli takes a single off the first ball. Yuvraj plays the short ball with soft hands, takes another single. Kohli takes another single, this time towards the third man. Yuvraj plays a dot ball. FOUR! That one was timed sweetly off Yuvraj’s bat, first boundary for him. Yuvraj pulls the ball towards square, takes a single. IND 202/2.

19:05 IST Yuvraj Singh comes to bat, he takes a single towards long on. Kohli takes a single off the last ball. IND 194/2.

19:04 IST WICKET!  Rohit run out (Babar Azam/Sarfraz) 91(119)

19:03 IST Shadab continues, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Kohli takes a quick single as well. Rohit takes another single. Next ball, Kohli pushes for another single, chance for a run out. Rohit is in trouble! The replay shows that his bat is in the air while trying to dive in. This might be out! Yes, it is. IND 192/2.

18:59 IST Wahab Riaz comes to bowl, beats Rohit on the first ball he bowls. A single taken on the next ball. Kohli on strike, he works the ball towards the third man. FOUR! Rohit carves the ball through covers for a boundary, this is good news for India, they need boundaries now. SIX! The HITMAN is back into the groove, hits a maximum towards midwicket, what a shot that was, effortless! Rohit plays the next ball towards the third man, gets to 89. IND 189/1.

18:54 IST Shadab Khan comes to bowl, two dot deliveries to Kohli, he is trying to find rhythm here. India need boundaries now if they are to get past 300. Kohli gets on the back foot and pulls the ball towards deep midwicket, take a couple of runs. Kohli looks to play late, a dot ball from Shadab. Another dot ball to follow, Shadab is putting pressure on Kohli. He lets the last ball go, IND 176/1.

18:52 IST Mohammad Amir comes to bowl, Kohli takes a single off the first ball towards the third man. Rohit defends the ball on the front foot. They need to fire now with rain threat hovering over Edgbaston. Rohit defends the next ball as well, he is feeling under the pressure. Amir is bowling dot balls after dot balls. Rohit stops Amit, there is a slight problem with sight screen. Chance of a runout on the next ball, a single taken. IND 174/1.

18:47 IST Play resumes once again, Kohli and Sharma walk out to bat!

18:44 IST Pakistan players are back in the field, we might see Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma come out to bat soon.

18:37 IST Bad news for Indian fans as Umpires are in the ground and the drizzle is back on. The covers are back on, this is not a happy sight. 2 overs deducted from the game. It will be a 48-over game now.

18:34 IST No overs lost yet, the India vs Pakistan clash is expected to be a 50-overs clash if rain does not interrupt play again.

18:24 IST Good news from the middle, the play will resume at 18:40 IST.

18:20 IST DLS is expected to play a role in India vs Pakistan clash.

18:15 IST Covers are still on at Edgbaston but drizzle continues.

18:06 IST DLS might come into play as rain halts play at Edgbaston.

18:05 IST As Virender Sehwag says, “England ka mausam aur biwi ka mood kabhi bhi badal sakta hai”. 

18:03 IST Amir continues, Kohli plays a dot ball. Meanwhile, rain stops play once again. IND 173/1.

18:01 IST Ali continues, a dot ball to Rohit. Another one to follow as Rohit did not try to hit that one hard. Rohit pulls the ball towards midwicket, a dot ball there. Rohit takes a single off the next ball. A bouncer to Kohli, he tries to pull it but fails, another dot ball. Pakistan bowlers have been successful in putting a halt at the flow of boundaries. A single taken off the last ball. IND 173/1.

17:55 IST Amir continues, Kohli takes a single off the first ball. Rohit dabs the ball towards the third man, takes a single. Kohli finds the gap on the square, takes a single as well. A fuller delivery from Amir, Rohit mistimes it, a dot ball. Rohit pushes the ball towards long on, takes a single. FOUR! Kohli finds a boundary, hits it towards square, that will boost this confidence. IND 171/1.

17:51 IST Hasan Ali has been introduced into the attack, a dot ball to Kohli. He tries to flick the ball away but finds the mid on fielder, another dot ball. Kohli plays the next ball towards midwicket, takes a single. Two dot balls to follow to Rohit, boundaries have dried up now. India need to accelerate before it’s too late. A bouncer from Ali surprised Rohit, a dot ball to end the over. IND 163/1.

17:47 IST Mohammad Amir is back into the attack, starts off with a dot ball to Kohli. He guides the next ball towards third man for a single. Rohit lets the next ball go to Sarfraz, he has been practising that in the nets for a while. Another leave from Rohit, not looking to hit every ball. Rohit plays the ball towards covers, another dot ball. Brilliant over from Amir, just a single off his over. IND 162/1.

17:42 IST Shadab Khan continues, he is trying to put pressure on Kohli and Rohit, not giving them easy singles, just 2 runs from the first five balls. Kohli flicks the ball towards long on, a single to end the over. IND 161/1.

17:39 IST Wasim continues, Kohli takes a single off the first ball, Rohit too takes a single. FOUR! Kohli plays the late cut, just guides the ball towards the third man for a boundary, first one for him of the innings, that will boost his confidence. Kohli drives the ball towards long off, takes a single. Rohit takes a single towards long on. Last ball of the over, a couple of runs taken towards deep covers. IND 157/1.

17:36 IST Shadab continues, Rohit on strike, he takes a single off the first ball. Kohli takes an easy single towards long on. Rohit tries to hit the ball towards long on, did not get much bat on ball, just a single. Kohli takes another single, he is trying to play himself in. Rohit pushes the ball into deep covers, takes a single. A quick single off the last ball of the over, Rohit was struggling but made his ground in time. IND 147/1.

17:32 IST Imad Wasim comes into the attack, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Kohli on strike, he tries to cut the ball but finds the fielder, another dot ball. Kohli pushes the ball back to the bowler, Wasim puts in a dive to save that one, a dot ball. One more dot ball to follow, Wasim is putting pressure on Kohli, not giving him easy singles. Kohli takes a single off the next ball, gets Rohit on strike. Rohit pushes the ball towards deep midwicket, a single taken. IND 141/1.

17:29 IST Virat Kohli comes to bat, he defends the first ball. Kohli gets off the mark on the next ball towards mid off. Rohit on strike, he gets on the back foot, a single taken towards square. IND 138/1.

17:26 IST WICKET!  Dhawan c Azhar Ali b Shadab Khan 68(65)

17:26 IST Shadab continues, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Next ball, Dhawan comes down the wicket but denied a run, a dot ball. In the air and gone, Dhawan departs! IND 136/1.

17:24 IST Malik continues, Dhawan comes down the wicket and takes a single towards long on. A dot ball to follow as Rohit plays the ball towards midwicket. Rohit flicks the ball away for a single towards midwicket. Dhawan plays the ball towards mid off, a dot ball. FOUR! That one was striaghter from Malik, Dhawan played it fine for a boundary, a much-needed one under circumstances. A dot ball to finish off the over. IND 135/0.

17:21 IST Shadab Khan continues, Rohit takes a single off the first ball. Dhawan too takes a single after playing a dot delivery. Inside edge off the bat on the next ball, Rohit takes a single towards square leg. Dhawan goes down the wicket, could not get it past Shadab. A single taken on the last ball of the over. IND 129/0.

17:18 IST Shoaib Malik has been introduced into the attack, Dhawan takes a single off the first ball. Rohit takes a single off the next ball. A dot ball to follow to Dhawan, Malik is bowling a tight line and length. Dhawan pushes the ball towards long off takes a single. A dot ball to follow as Rohit could not get it past covers fielder. A single off the last ball of the over. IND 125/0.

17:14 IST Shadab Khan continues, Dhawan on strike. SIX! Dhawan hits that one over deep midwicket as he dances down the wicket, Dhawan has started to accelerate now, power-hitting. He takes a single off the next ball. Rohit does the right thing bringing Dhawan on strike. It is getting easy for Rohit-Dhawan, one more single to follow. A dot delivery to Rohit. He drives the ball into the gap, takes a couple of runs. IND 121/0.

17:11 IST Dhawan on strike, Riaz continues, no run off the first ball. FOUR! Dhawan played that one too fine for third man fielder to cut off. FOUR! Here’s another boundary, Riaz’s line and length has taken a hit, this time bowls him on pads, Dhawan works it for a boundary towards fine leg. 100 up for India! FOUR! That’s three boundaries in a row, this time he exploits the square boundary. Next ball, Dhawan plays it towards square, misfield from the fielder, a couple of runs taken. FIFTY for Shikhar Dhawan! A single taen off the last ball. IND 110/0.

17:06 IST Shadab Khan continues, Rohit on strike, he is bowling tight lengths, two dot balls. In the air but safe! Rohit picks up a couple of runs as it falls between deep midwicket. A dot ball to follow. SIX! Here’s the first maximum of the innings, Rohit muscles the short ball towards deep midwicket boundary for a maximum. A dot ball to end the over. IND 95/0.

17:03 IST Riaz continues, Rohit on strike, a dot ball to start off the over. He tries to work the ball towards square on the back foot but finds the point fielder, no run. Meanwhile, Sachin Tendulkar has come out to support Team India at Edgbaston. Rohit takes a single towards fine leg. Dhawan works the next ball towards covers, takes a single. Rohit pushes the ball towards covers, sneaks a quick single. A short ball to end the over, a dot one. IND 87/0.

16:59 IST Shadab Khan comes to bowl, he is yet to be played by Indian batsmen. First ball, Rohit takes a single. Dhawan pulls the short ball towards square leg, takes a single. Rohit works the ball in covers for another single. Dhawan just guides the ball towards midwicket, picks up another single. A dot ball to follow as Rohit could not get it past the short third man fielder. A single towards long on the next ball. IND 84/0.

16:55 IST Dhawan on strike, Riaz continues, he mistimed the first ball, takes a single off the first ball. Rohit flicks the next ball away towards square leg, takes a single. Dhawan flicks the ball again, a slight mix-up between the two but safe in the end, a single taken anyway. FOUR! Rohit hits that one elegantly, he is not getting the pressure get to him and playing with patience. Rohit guides the next ball towards the deep third man boundary, a single taken there. WIDE! That was way down the leg side, an extra given to India. Last ball of the over, FOUR! Dhawan plays that one on the up and finds a boundary. IND 79/0.

16:50 IST Hasan Ali continues, a dot ball to Rohit, he is struggling to hit boundaries. Next ball, he works it past the midwicket, fielder, a couple of runs taken. Next ball, that one was slashed by Rohit but fielded by the point fielder. Another dot ball to follow. Rohit drives the next ball, takes a single towards covers. Dhawan takes a single off the next ball, retains strike! IND 66/0.

16:47 IST Wahab Riaz comes to bowl his first over, Rohit on strike, he lets it got to Sarfraz, no shot offered. That one hit the bat hard, another dot ball. Rohit is assessing the situation here. Whoa! Swing and a miss, Rohit is getting a bit restless now, the pressure is building up on him. Rohit takes a single towards fine leg for a single. Dhawan flicks the ball bowled on to his pads towards deep fine leg, takes a single. Rohit slashes the ball hard but fielded by Ahmed Shahzad in the deep. IND 62/0.

16:42 IST Hasan Ali continues, Dhawan on strike, he tried to dance down the wicket and hit the ball, a dot as he could not get it past the 30-yard circle. Next ball, Dhawan guides it towards square, picks up a couple of runs, good running between the wickets. He takes a single off the next ball, Rohit on strike. Whoa! Good pace and bounce off the pitch, Rohit was surprised there, a dot ball. He takes a single off the next ball. Another bouncer from Ali, Dhawan lets it go, IND 59/0.

16:37 IST Wasim continues, he is bowling his 6th over now. Dhawan takes a single towards the long on. Rohit pushes the ball towards long off, takes a single. Dhawan is nudging the ball around, takes another single. A dot ball to follow as Rohit drives the ball towards covers. Next ball was angled into Rohit, another dot ball. Just 3 runs from the over, another dot ball. IND 55/0.

16:34 IST Hasan Ali continues, Dhawan on strike, he is looking to play himself in again, two dot balls to start the over. Dhawan takes a single off the third ball of the over. Rohit on strike, NO BALL! That’s a horrible mistake in an India vs Pakistan match. FREE HIT! The crowd is getting excited for the free hit in anticipation of what is to come. FOUR! Rohit makes the full use of that delivery, muscled that one over long on for a boundary. A dot ball to follow as Rohit lets it go. A dot ball to finish off the over. IND 52/0.

16:30 IST Rohit on strike as Imad Wasim continues his over, a dot ball to finish off the over. IND 46/0.

16:28 IST Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan come back to play. Meanwhile, the sight screen is causing a few problems!

16:26 IST Pakistan players are back into the field.

16:21 IST Play expected to resume at 16:30 IST.

16:20 IST A question arises as to why ICC organise ICC Champions Trophy 2017 in England during the rainy season.

16:13 IST Next update from the ground will be at 16:15 IST 

16:08 IST Pakistan bowlers have done well to keep Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan relatively quite till now but the momentum seems to be shifting a bit before rain played spoilsport!

16:02 IST Shikhar Dhawan has a decent strike rate despite hitting just one boundary, he has scored 20 runs from 25 balls till now.

15:59 IST Rohit Sharma looks in good form as he has scored 25 runs from 34 balls, he has hit four boundaries yet.

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15:58 IST Good news for India despite the rain is that they have not lost a wicket, which will help them when DLS method comes in play.

15:54 IST If the rain stays like this, we might see a few overs reduced in India vs Pakistan clash.

15:50 IST Clouds still hovering over Edgbaston. Contrary to the weather forecast, this does not look like a passing shower!

15:42 IST Moderate showers at Edgbaston, the play has been halted for now as players walk back to the dressing room. Umpires are there waiting whether it is a passing shower or not. Stay tuned for more updates on India vs Pakistan match. IND 46/0. 

15:40 IST Wasim continues, Dhawan on strike, FOUR! That’s a slog sweep from Dhawan, no chance for the fielder to cut that off, first boundary for him. He hits the next ball towards deep midwicket, a single taken, wait! an overthrow there, three runs taken off that one. Rohit plays a dot after that. Next ball, in the air but safe, a single taken on that one. Dhawan takes a single off the next ball towards midwicket, end of the over. Meanwhile, rain tries to play spoilsport at Edgbaston. Just what we did not want! IND 46/0.

15:37 IST Hasan Ali into the attack, he has been chosen over Junaid Khan. Dhawan on strike, he starts off with a dot ball, hitting the ball in the right length. Another dot ball to follow, not giving Dhawan any room to work the ball into gaps. Dhawan flicks the ball towards deep square leg, takes a single off that one. FOUR! Marvelous shot off the back foot for Rohit, he is in full flow, the danger-man for Pakistan. WHOA! Rohit tries to pull the ball but could not get bat on it, too ambitious from him, he needs to stay there. He lets the last ball of the over go, five runs from it. IND 37/0.

15:33 IST Wasim to bowl his 4th over of the innings. Dhawan takes a single off the first ball as it was directed towards his pads. Rohit takes a single, just pushes the ball towards long on. Dhawan on strike, he cuts the ball behind square, picks up a couple of runs there. Chance of a runout? Miscommunication between Dhawan and Rohit, safe in the end as the throw hits him on the body. Rohit drives the ball towards mid off, no run. Another dot ball to end the over. IND 32/0.

15:29 IST Amir continues, Rohit on strike, FOUR! That was in the air for a while but well past the fielder, another boundary for Rohit. Two dot balls to follow. Rohit takes a single off the fourth ball of the over. Dhawan on strike, he plays a dot ball, he has not hit a boundary yet. He takes a single off the last ball of the over, retains strike. IND 27/0.

15:25 IST Dhawan plays two dot deliveries as Wasim continues. He takes a single off the third ball of the over. Rohit on strike, FOUR! Rohit rocks on the back foot and drives the ball through covers, second boundary of the innings for him. He gets off strike off the next ball, takes a single. A dot ball to end the over. IND 21/0.

15:22 IST Amir continues, Rohit defends the first ball by getting behind it, he is being defensive against Amir but that changes on the next ball. FOUR! Rohit pulls the ball, gets a boundary towards deep square leg. He will start playing his shots now. Rohit takes a single off the next ball.Dhawan takes a single towards deep square leg. A dot ball to follow. Another dot ball to end the over, just 6 runs from the over. IND 15/0.

15:17 IST Wasim continues, Dhawan takes a single off the first ball, he is looking to rotate the strike as boundaries have been hard to come by. Rohit takes a single off the next ball towards the long on. Dhawan takes a single towards square leg after a dot ball, not taking any risks early on in the innings. A dot ball to follow, Rohit defends it. A quick single to end the over, a direct hit but Rohit was well inside the crease. IND 9/0.

15:14 IST Amir continues, Rohit on strike, another one in the are of uncertainty, a dot ball. Next ball, Rohit gets off the mark, takes a couple of runs towards covers, that will get him going. He flicks the next ball towards the short midwicket, a dot ball to follow. Rohit defends the next ball on the front foot, he is being cautious early on in the innings. Two dot balls to end the over. IND 5/0.

15:09 IST Imad Wasim to open the bowling from the other end. Dhawan on strike, he gets on the back foot and cuts the ball fine, gets a couple of runs off the first ball. WIDE! That one was down the leg side. Three dot balls to follow, good comeback from Wasim. Another dot ball to end the over. IND 3/0.

16:06 IST Amir bowls the first ball, beats the offside edge, Rohit Sharma struggling straight away. Next ball, Rohit beaten again, extra bounce for Amir, he is bowling with some serious pace. Third ball of the over, Rohit shoulders arms and lets the ball go to the wicketkeeper, another dot ball. Beaten again! Rohit Sharma is struggling against Amir, the way he struggled in the Asia Cup 2016. A dot ball to follow, that one came back in to Rohit. Last ball of the over, Rohit lets the ball go, a maiden for Amir. IND 0/0

15:02 IST Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to open the batting and Mohammad Amir to open the bowling!

14:57 IST We are just a few minutes away from the epic clash, stay tuned to catch the score and updates. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will be walking out to open the innings.

14: 49 IST: So guys, the stage is all set. Virat Kohli & Co. are ready to face the attacks from Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz. The entire world is excited today. The game is going to start shortly. Meanwhile, the news what has come is, Mohammad Shami, Dinesh Karthik, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Ashwin have not got any place in the playing XI.

14:145 IST: Moreover, this will be the first India vs Pakistan game for Jaspreet Bumrah, Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya. Also, the opening pair of the last Champions Trophy, the duo of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan is also back.

Meanwhile, the environment at Edgbaston!

14: 40 IST: The Indian spectators, fans and supporters are everywhere in Edgbaston today

14:38 IST News from Indian team: Indian skipper Virat Kohli opts for Hardik Pandya instead of Ashwin in the team

14:35 IST Indian team-

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

14:35 IST Pakistan team-

Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali

14:34 IST Virat Kohli once again says that it is just another game for us.

14:32 IST Pakistan win toss, elect to bowl first!

14:30 IST Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed walk out for toss at Edgbaston!

14:29 IST It’s toss time at Edgbaston. Stay tuned to know who wins the toss!

14: 19 IST: Final practice done before the game tomorrow. Looking forward to the start of our campaign in the Champions Trophy – Shikhar Dhawan.

14: 15 IST: I have dismissed Virat Kohli in three out of the four matches we have faced each other. He is a brilliant batsman but he has failed against me – Junaid Khan

14: 10 IST:  There is no need to prepare differently for the game. We go about it the same way. There is no need to motivate players any differently. – Virat Kohli

14: 07 IST: Pakistani side has the ability to beat India in Champions Trophy as Pakistan has outperformed India in the past as well – Younis Khan.

14: 05 IST: Both the teams have arrived at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in England. The toss will take place at 2: 30 PM IST.

13: 59 IST: After almost a year, both the neighbouring countries are going to face each other on neutral ground. Last time both faced off each other in India in the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup held in India.

13: 51 IST: Due to diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan, the two teams rarely lock horns against each other barring an International Cricket Council (ICC) event.

13: 50 IST: Indian cricket fans gathered outside Edgbaston Ground in Birmingham ahead of much awaited India-Pakistan clash. The match will start at 3 PM IST.

Welcome to inUth’sl digital coverage of the most-awaited India vs Pakistan clash in Match 4, Group B of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The moment is finally here as India lock horns with Pakistan once again at Edgbaston, Birmingham. There has been outrage on the match on social media with #WalkOutFromPakMatch after Major Surendra Poonia urging skipper Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni not to play the game. Not only this but the London terror attacks to have caused a major problem ahead of the game but as they ‘the show must go on’.

India’s combination dilemma:
As Kohli said it’s a good headache to have, the selection for the India vs Pakistan game will be a tricky one as most of the players are in good form. Choosing between Dinesh Karthik and Yuvraj Singh will be tough for Kohli. He hinted of Hardik Pandya being a sure shot in the playing XI, there might be a few surprises when the coin flips.

Pakistan surprises:
In the pre-match conference, Sarfraz Ahmed ruled out the possibility of including Junaid Khan in the side despite his wonderful record against Kohli. He has already declared the 12-man team for the match. Though it will be interesting which player gets left out of the playing XI.

What the captains had to say:
According to Sarfraz, the pressure is on Team India and not them as they have nothing to lose going into the fixture. On the other hand, Kohli feels it will be a normal game for them. He also requests everyone to focus on the game and not on false rumours of a rift between him and head coach Anil Kumble.

Pitch Report:
The Edgbaston pitch is supposed to be a batting paradise. We have already seen high scoring affairs in ICC Champions Trophy 2017 warm-up games. As Kohli said in the pre-match press conference, ‘No total is safe in ODIs anymore’.

Weather Report:
The weather report shows that it will be mostly sunny at Edgbaston. Though there are chances of few passing showers which might halt the game for a bit. No major threats to the game in terms of weather. However, the captain winning the toss might look to chase with Duckworth-Lewis-Stern (DLS) method in place.

Squads: 

India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Ajinkya Rahane, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami

Pakistan: Azhar Ali, Ahmed Shehzad, Mohammad Hafeez, Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik, Sarfraz Ahmed(w/c), Fahim Ashraf, Imad Wasim, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Haris Sohail, Junaid Khan, Fakhar Zaman