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India smashed 72 off their final four overs as Pakistan's attack wilted.

Apart from the top order, all-rounder Hardik Pandya's (20 runs in six balls) cameo at the end also allowed India post a challenging total.

After watching India amass a monstrous 3-319 from its 48 overs, and then cringing as his side capitulated to be 164 all out inside 34 overs with just two players passing 15, coach Mickey Arthur pulled no punches in the press conference.

"I would say 9 out of 10". In the field we were still 6 today.

"We need to tighten our fielding to compete hard against the best team", Kohli commented on the missed chances.

It was surprisingly easy for India.

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, like they did so often four years ago, showed their potency as an opening partnership, and while one of them struggled a little to 91 runs - unusual as it might sound when someone scores 91 - for India it was all about building that solid base, so that they could go slam-bang-thank-you-ma'am in the second half of the innings.

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Rohit Sharma top-scored with 91 and put on 136 for the first wicket with Shikhar Dhawan (68).

Sharma was run out on a contentious call by the TV umpire, with the opener's bat over the line but not obviously grounded. The dismissal triggered jeers from Indian fans. India-Pakistan is a pressure game, hopefully we play as a free game. Pandya hit three consecutive sixes off Imad Wasim in the last over to finish the proceedings on a high. The teams were off again with India on 173-1 off 33.1 overs as Pakistan started to clamp down.

Both Yuvraj and Kohli were given lives en route to their match-changing knocks. They had last opened for India during the ODI game against Australia in Sydney in January 2016 and their partnership was worth 123 runs.

Mohammad Amir (0-32) was the most economical bowler for Pakistan, conceding an average of four runs an over.

"Our thoughts and sympathies are with the victims and their families and friends following the attacks in London on Saturday evening", England tweeted.

The International Cricket Council released a statement on Sunday morning in which it confirmed security is "very much front and centre of our preparations" as the global tournament continues over the next two weeks.