Champions Trophy: Pakistan defended by Dav Whatmore after India defeat

Last Updated: 15/06/13 10:54pm

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India made it three wins out of three with victory over Pakistan in a rain affected game at Edgbaston.

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Pakistan coach Dav Whatmore was quick to defend his side after they lost to India at Edgbaston to suffer their third successive Champions Trophy defeat.

India clinched an eight-wicket win under the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected game as Pakistan ended an ICC tournament without winning a match for only the second time - the first was back in Dhaka, Bangladesh in 1998.

However, Whatmore insisted there was no underlying problem with his side.

"In this series it hasn't been good but you don't always have good series," he said.

"We thought we had a decent build-up but it wasn't to be. These things happen. There were some reasons for that but I am sure there will be every effort to put it right next time.

"Let's not be emotional about this. Games are won and lost. I don't get carried away too much.

"It would've been nice to have a few more runs. It is okay to sit there and criticise but we are trying to be objective and if you lose wickets up front it is difficult to set a good target or chase one."

India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar was named man-of-the-match after claiming 2-19 and he is relishing bowling in English conditions.

"I am pretty much enjoying it because the ball is swinging in England," he said.

"It didn't swing as much as in India but there is more bounce in the wicket."

India go into the semi-finals as favourites after three successive victories and Kumar knows they have to maintain their high standards.

"This is a big tournament and everyone is looking to win it," he added.

"If we keep the momentum from the group matches we have a chance."

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