Champions Trophy triumph can boost Pakistan on and off field – Sarfraz Ahmed

Champions Trophy triumph can boost Pakistan on and off field – Sarfraz Ahmed

Ahead of the final match of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 between India and Pakistan, celebrities from the Bollywood film industry were as excited as any other cricket fan to cheer for their “Men in Blue”.

“I hope everyone will remember this win, not today, not tomorrow (but for a) very long, long time”, he said.

Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338/4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59. Pakistan have been badly bruised against India this series in their opening group stage match, having lost the game by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.

A maiden hundred from novice global opener Fakhar Zaman and then Mohammad Amir’s superlative new-ball spell of three for 16 proved way too much for hot favourites India, defeated by 180 runs at The Oval.

“We scored some great goals and when we score the type of goals that we did today, that is what makes a coach happy”.

The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease. Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will also look to use his team’s bowling strength to do the damage against an in-form Indian batting line-up.

CONDITIONS: Another batting paradise is expected and will help the batsmen play their shots on the up.

Specifically pointing out the performance of Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali, Sarfraz said he was quite glad with the way they performed in the tournament and guided Pakistan to victory.

Pandya scripted the fastest half-century in a world One-Day International (ODI) final, reaching the landmark in 32 deliveries with three consecutive sixes off leg-spinner Shadab Khan.

At his post-match conference, the 30-year-old also hailed his young team?s efforts through the tournament. Credit to the team management for boosting us well. My advice is to play like this. “Keep praying for us, Pakistan“, he said.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the ideal platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.