Rohit Sharma hits a six against Pakistan on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

BIRMINGHAM – Title-holders India made 319/3 against Pakistan after losing the toss in their Champions Trophy opener at Edgbaston on Sunday.

In a match reduced by rain to 48 overs per side, Rohit Sharma top-scored with 91.

Sharma formed a sizable 136-run opening partnership with left-hander Shikhar Dhawan, who made 68 before falling to Shadab Khan.

But the real damage was done to Pakistan during a blistering third-wicket stand of 93 in 59 deliveries between India captain Virat Kohli (81 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (53), with both batsmen dropped.

Hardik Pandya hit the first three balls of Imad Wasim’s last over of the innings for six on his way to 20 not out.

Mohammad Amir was the pick of Pakistan’s attack with 0/32 in 8.1 overs in what was the first Group B match of a tournament featuring the world’s top eight ODI sides for both the arch-rivals.

Indian captain Virat Kohli goes big at Edgbaston as Pakistan counterpart Sarfraz Ahmed looks on. Photo: Reuters

Wahab Riaz had a day to forget, conceding 87 runs in 8.4 overs before going off with an injury.

AFP, Staff Writer

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