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'Congratulations to India on this significant victory'

Last updated on: June 05, 2017 11:13 IST

Sports Minister Vijay Goel, Amitabh Bachchan, Ranveer Singh congratulate Team India after ‘scintillating all-round performance’

India's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar watches the proceedings as Edgbaston cricket ground during India's match-winning performance against Pakistan on Sunday

IMAGE: India's cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar watches the proceedings as Edgbaston cricket ground during India's match-winning performance against Pakistan on Sunday. Photograph: Gareth Copley/Getty Images

A host of celebrities, including Amitabh Bachchan and Sports Minister Vjay Goel congratulated the Indian cricket team for the win over Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday, terming it a "significant" victory.

Defending champions India launched their campaign in the tournament with a 124-run victory over Pakistan in Birmingham.

"It's a significant victory for the Indian team. I am very happy and I congratulate each and every member of the team for this spectacular victory over Pakistan," Goel said after the win.

"It's a happy moment for all cricket-loving Indians and I congratulate them," he added.

Batting first, India notched up a competitive 319 for three after two rain interruptions reduced the match to 48 overs a side.

The whole nation erupted in joy when Team India came with an all-round performance to defeat arch-rival Pakistan by 124 runs through Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method in a one-sided Champions Trophy encounter at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham on Sunday.

Amidst the happy crowd was the face Bollywood fans in and outside India have grown up watching and loving – megastar Amitabh Bachchan.

Big B, who was an attendee of the high-octane clash, later took to Twitter to express his elation over the victory.

"T 2445 - And CONGRATULATIONS INDIA .. !! beat Pak in CL cricket by huge margin .. great to see all performing good," he wrote on the micro-blogging site.

Actor Ranveer Singh cheers on the Indian team during the match against Pakistan on Sunday

IMAGE: Actor Ranveer Singh cheers on the Indian team during the match against Pakistan on Sunday. Photograph: Ranveer Singh/Instagram

Livewire actor Ranveer Singh was also one of the high-profile guests at the match.

Ranveer's wishes to Team India was quite akin to his flamboyant personality.

He tweeted, "What a match the boys played! Scintillating all round performance! Banging start to the tournament! #INDvPAK"

Headlining the guest-list at Edgbaston was legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, along with his wife Anjali.

Actor Dhanush later took to Twitter to post a picture with Tendulkar.

Set a revised target of 324 in 48 overs at the start of their innings under the Duckworth/Lewis method, Pakistan were required to chase 289 in 41 overs when play resumed after the day's third rain interruption.

The task proved too much for Pakistan, who were bowled out for 164 in 33.4 overs.

Umesh Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for India as he finished with the figures of three for 30.

Yuvraj was declared 'Man of the Match' for his brilliant batting performance.

The Kohli-led side will now lock horns against Sri Lanka at the Kennington Oval in London on June 8. 

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