Birmingham, June 15: India overcame rain threat to ease to an 8-wicket victory via the Duckworth/Lewis method over Pakistan in the final Group B game of the Champions Trophy here at Edgbaston on Saturday.
India remained unbeaten in the group stages and enter the semi-finals as the number one team from Group B with 6 points from 3 games. They await the second-placed side from Group A to face in the last-four phase on June 20 in Cardiff.
Pakistan ended a dismal tournament losing all three games. This was for the first time India had beaten Pakistan in Champions Trophy in 3 attempts.
There were 4 rain interruptions during the game (2 each in either innings). First, the game was reduced to 40 overs per side. Then, when India batted, it was initially 40, then cut to 36 overs and finally 22.
India's target was adjusted thrice due to rain. First it was 168 from 40, then 157 off 36 and 102 from 22.
After the fourth and final rain break, India were needing 102 from 22 overs as per Duckworth/Lewis calculations. At resumption they required 39 more from 10.3 overs (from 63/1 in 11.3 after play was suspended by rain). Before this, India were stalled by rain at 47/0 in 8.1 overs.
Shikhar Dhawan top scored with 48 as India won in 19.1 overs.
Earlier, fantastic effort from the bowlers enabled India to skittle out arch-rivals Pakistan for a modest 165.
Spin twins Ravindra Jadeja (2/30 in 8 overs)and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/35 in 8 overs) kept the Pakistan batsmen on a leash during middle overs after brilliant opening spell by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/19 in 8 overs), who again produced the goods upfront.
The match which was reduced to 40-overs-a-side due to frequent rain interruptions saw 'Men In Blue' control proceedings right from the beginning as they bundled out their opponents in only 39.4 overs.
While Asad Shafiq (41) was the top-scorer for Pakistan, a lot of their batsmen got starts but were unable to convert into substancial score due to some impressive bowling by the quartet of Jadeja, Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar and Ishant Sharma (2/40).
The bowlers produced wickets at regular intervals as Pakistan's woeful show with the bat continued. The top-order again saw a familiar collapse.
Nasir Jamshed, who has scored all his three ODI centuries against India, failed to reproduce his magic this time. The left-handed opener was circumspect and enjoyed a 'life' when on 1.
Ruled out leg before by umpire Richard Kettleborough, the batsman was saved by the DRS but his innings was cut short by a beauty from Bhuvneshwar.
Bhuvneshwar got the ball to swing both ways and found the edge of Jamshed's tentative prod which saw Suresh Raina complete an easy catch at second slip. Jamshed scored just 2 runs off nine balls.
Kamran Akmal and Mohammed Hafeez consolidated the innings but a steady downpour send the players back in the pavilion.
The 46-run second wicket stand was over immediately after resumption. Hafeez paid offered a loose stroke to an innocuous Kumar delivery to edge to a diving Dhoni.
Hafeez was out for a 31-ball 27 that was laced with five fours, two of them off successive Umesh Yadav deliveries.