Yuvraj's game-changing knock took the pressure off me: Kohli

Hazel Gray
June 7, 2017

India's debut match in the Champions Trophy against the arch rival Pakistan was a real bang on, the players did their best in clinching the debut for their country.

Next up for Pakistan is the daunting challenge of a clash with South Africa - the world's top-ranked side in one-day internationals - at the same venue. Amir bowled 8.1 overs before developing severe cramp and leaving the field, while Riaz, who conceded 87 runs in 8.4 wicketless overs in the most expensive spell of five-plus overs in tournament history, hobbled off after twisting an ankle. As a Pakistani supporter, the drab show was a painful watch indeed as India once again proved that it has a stranglehold over its neighbour that it is in no mood to relinquish.

"We need to overhaul approach, mindset & work on improving our stagnating skills and play with clear minds".

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was so right when he said that Pakistan plays the same XI when they face India and that must serve as a point to ponder for the geniuses in our camp. "As a captain, I am confident going into the match against them".

Arthur had tried on the eve of the match to pass it off as just another game but, after seeing Pakistan slump to a 124-run defeat, with major fault-lines in their batting, bowling and fielding, he accepted the moment was too big for them.

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"We'll have a good, hard chat tonight and when we leave the dressing room tonight it will all be done". After that seeing the way the game was shortened, me and Yuvi decided that we will take it on.

"We had everything under control in the Indian innings up to 40 overs, but then we lost the plot in the last eight and credit must go to the Indian batsmen", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said. "The way he was hitting the ball, I felt like a club batter in front of him", Kohli said at the post-match press conference. More on the streets, less where it is supposed to be played.

"It's a total insult to say we're playing even worse", he said. "I got lucky and got dropped and I capitalised", said Yuvraj at the presentation ceremony. I selected him because I wanted him to perform a role. Kohli had made 43 when he was missed by substitute Fahim Ashraf who grassed a topedged hook off Wahab. Yet, instead of attacking them with the new ball, we choose to contain them. His speed of scoring gave Kohli, who initially struggled for fluency, time to find his touch during a third-wicket partnership of 93 in 59 balls that took a game of several rain interruptions away from Pakistan. The 37-year-old, who announced his worldwide retirement earlier this year, also said heaped praise on Virat Kohli's men, saying that Men in Blue lived up to their tag of tournament favourites.

The opening duo put up a stand of 136 runs for the first wicket and pushed Pakistan on the back foot.

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