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Brimingham: Defending champions India will be aiming to shut out off-field controversies when they lock horns with arch-rivals Pakistan in their ICC Champions Trophy opener -- a marquee contest where tension and drama is never in short supply. One of the finest fast bowlers of current times, Mohammed Amir would be pitted against the talismanic Virat Kohli in what could turn out to be a battle primarily between India's vaunted batting line-up and against Pakistan's potent bowling attack. A line-up that boasts of Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni can be intimidating for any bowling attack. But facing Amir and an equally talented Junaid Khan in English conditions, despite Edgbaston showing signs of being a batting-friendly track, will be testing for the Indian batsmen.
ICC Champions Trophy Live Updates
India Vs Pakistan
16:15 IST: Umpires Erasmus, Tucker and Dharamasena are out in the middle.
16:09 IST: GOOD news! Covers are coming off.
16:06: UPDATE: It is still raining at Edgbaston. Stay tuned for further updates.
15:50 IST: It's pretty dark at the Edgbaston.
15:40 IST: RAIN! RAIN! It has started drizzling at Edgbaston. Oh boy! it is getting heavier. Players are rushing back. Covers are coming on. India 46/0 in 9.5 overs. Rohit 25*, Dhawan 20*.
15:39 IST: Imad Wasim starts his fifth over. Dhawan welcomes him with a boundary off deep mid wicket. India 42/0 in 9.2 overs.
15:37 IST: 9 overs gone! India 37/0. Rohit 24*, Dhawan 12*.
15:36 IST: FOUR! Rohit punches this nicely towards square of the wicket. Fourth boundary for the Indian opener. India 37/0 in 8.4 overs.
15:35 IST: Bowling change! Hasan Ali comes into the attack.
15:33 IST: 5 runs off Imad Wasim's over. India's current run rate is 4. India 32/0 in 8 overs.
15:30 IST: Dhawan slices this away towards square of the wicket. He will get a couple here. Excellent fielding at the boundary ropes. India 32/0 in 7.4 overs.
15:26 IST: Imad Wasim starts his fourth over. Dhawan flicks this towards backward square leg for a single.
15:24 IST: FOUR! Rohit gets a thick edge, Pakistan wicketkeeper misses this completely. The ball races towards the third man boundary. India 26/0 in 6.4 overs.
15:23 IST: FOUR! Rohit goes on the backfoot and plays this beautifully towards sweeper cover. Excellent placement from the right-hander. India 20/0 in 5.4 overs.
15:21 IST: 6 runs off Amir's over. Rohit finally manages to hit a boundary off the pacer. India 15/0 in 5 overs.
15:19 IST: FOUR! First boundary of India innings. Short ball from Amir, Rohit judges this well and slaps this towards fine leg. India 14/0 in 4.3 overs.
15:17 IST: Brilliant over from Imad Wasim. He concedes just 4 runs. India 9/0 in 4 overs.
15:15 IST: Dhawan goes on backfoot and plays this towards backward square leg for a single. Excellent running between the wickets from the Indian openers.
15:13 IST: Another brilliant over from Amir. Just 2 runs off his over. India 5/0 in 3 overs.
15:11 IST: Amir starts his second over. Rohit to face him once again.
15:09 IST: Another excellent over from Pakistan. Just 2 runs off Wasim's over. India 2/0 in 2 overs.
15:07 IST: Dhawan uses the pace and cuts it through square of the wicket. 2 runs for him.
15:06 IST: Imad Wasim is into the attack now. Shikhar Dhawan to face him.
15:05 IST: Maiden over from Mohammad Amir. What a start from Pakistan. India 0/0 in 1 over.
15:03 IST: Amir starts with a beauty. He beats Rohit with an across the angel delivery. Eye contact between Amir and Rohit. After all, it's India vs Pakistan.
15:02: IST: Mohammad Amir will open the attack for Pakistan. And, the big battle begins. Here we go...
15:00 IST: India openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are making their way to the middle. Pakistan team in a huddle.
14:55 IST: Both the teams are set for national anthems. There is a sea of tri-colour at the Edgbaston ground. The chants of INDIA...INDIAAAA have already begun. Amazing atmosphere. That's why it is known as the "Mother of all Clashes'.
14:35 IST: Here are the Playing XIs: India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah