India 173-1 against Pakistan when rain stops play again


Birmingham (United Kingdom) (AFP)

Title-holders India were 173 for one off 33.1 overs when rain stopped play for a second time in their opening Champions Trophy Group B match against arch-rivals Pakistan at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma was 77 not out and Virat Kohli, the India captain, unbeaten on 24 when the players left the field at 1:33pm local time (1233 GMT) after Pakistan skipper Safraz Ahmed had won the toss and opted to field.

Mohammad Amir had been the pick of Pakistan's attack so far, with none for 23 in 6.1 overs.

But fellow left-arm fast bowler Wahab Riaz had proved expensive, his four wicketless overs costing 34 runs.

Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan shared an opening stand of 136 either side of an initial 50-minute rain interruption.

Left-hander Dhawan eventually fell for 68 when he hit a full toss from teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan to Azhar Ali at deep midwicket.

This was both Asian giants' first match of the 2017 Champions Trophy, a 50-overs per side tournament featuring the world's top-eight one-day international teams.

When India won the last edition, in 2013, they beat Pakistan by eight wickets in a rain-affected group match at Edgbaston.