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India triumph over rivals

Shikhar Dhawan consolidated his position as the Champions Trophy's leading run scorer as India eased to victory over arch-rivals Pakistan in a rain-affected match at Edgbaston.

The 27-year-old, having hit centuries in his two previous innings, was unfazed by the stop-start nature of his innings as he extended his overall tally to 264 with 48 off 41 balls.

That was enough to guide India to an eight-wicket Duckworth/Lewis victory and a 50th one-day international success over their sub-continental neighbours.

Wet weather disrupted throughout and severely dampened the atmosphere produced by a sell-out 22,832 crowd, who expected much despite this being a dead rubber with India already in the semi-finals and Pakistan eliminated.

However, Pakistan contributed to the damp squid too, failing for the third match in a row to score more than 170 having been put into bat.

India were initially set a revised target of 168 off 40 overs, only for one rain shower to cut it to 157 in 36 and a second to bring it down to 102 in 22 overs.

But they were well ahead of the Duckworth-Lewis requirement at 63 for one in the 12th over when the rain returned for a second spell, which left them needing 39 in 10.3 overs on resumption.

Spinner Sajeed Ajmal had made the only breakthrough when Rohit Sharma chipped to midwicket - the first time in the tournament India's openers had not shared a century stand.

Dhawan, pictured, was caught at third man off Wahab Riaz with 24 still required but it made little difference as India cruised home with 17 balls to spare thanks to an unbeaten 22 from Virat Kohli.

Having been put into bat under a sunny-but-cloudy sky, Pakistan changed tactics by promoting Kamran Akmal to open but partner Nasir Jamshed quickly edged Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to second slip. 

It took six overs for the first boundaries to be hit, Mohammad Hafeez driving Umesh Yadav to the cover fence before pulling his next delivery through square-leg.

With 28 added in three overs, the pedestrian run-rate improved as the total reached 43 for one at the end of the first powerplay.

A 15-minute rain interruption did Pakistan no favours and, first ball after play resumed, the impressive Bhuvaneshwar had Hafeez caught behind.

Ravichandran Ashwin's second over of spin then accounted for Kamran, caught off an inside edge to Kohli at leg slip via Mahendra Singh Dhoni's pads.

A further delay of more than two-and-a-half hours saw the match reduced to 40 overs a side, effectively turning the remainder of the innings into a Twenty20 starting with three wickets down.

Asad Shafiq and in-form captain Misbah-ul-Haq provided some optimism with a 54-run stand before the latter was bowled through the gate for 22 by spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

With Pakistan lacking someone capable of devastating an attack, India were able to exert control which led to Shafiq's dismissal, caught behind flicking down the leg side on review.

Shoaib Malik was pinned in front after a swipe at Jadeja and Pakistan were subsequently bowled out with three balls left.

Jadeja took his tournament haul to nine with an excellent spell of 2-30 while fellow spinner Ashwin also picked up a couple.

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