Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said: “After the India match when we lost in the group stage, I told my boys the tournament hadn’t finished yet”.
Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India bowed down before the Pakistani bowlers and got all out for mere 158 runs in 33.3 overs.
He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win. The way they turned things around speaks volumes of the talent they have in their side. “Yeah, credit to them for winning the title”, Kohli said, at the post-match press conference on Sunday.
Pakistan have been starved of worldwide cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their “home” series at neutral venues and Mohammad Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public. We never took anyone lightly. Kohli added that the team with more intensity and passion won the all-important match in London. Good cricket, positive cricket, and we will win.
“They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day”, he said. We have practiced the same way as we started the day we came here. Messages like “Win or Loss, We’re with You”, “We still love our Indian players”, “you were sublime throughout the tournament, this was just one off day” etc. were flooded on internet.
Kohli also praised young all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs off 43 balls. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.
“The stars aligned for Pakistan on a bright Sunday in South London when they cut their old rivals down to size to win their maiden Champions Trophy crown”, The News said.
Dhawan won the Golden Bat as the tournament’s leading run-scorer while Pakistan speedster Hasan Ali was awarded the Gold Ball as the top wicket-taker.
Amir struck just three balls into India’s reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger. Junaid Khan also chipped in with a wicket.
– Mubasher Lucman (@mubasherlucman)Virat Kohli “you have to admire and respect the skills of the opposition team“.
However, in a complete mix up, Ali got run out at his individual score of 59.
45 Runs scored by Zaman off R Ashwin, the most runs scored by any batsman off Ashwin in an ODI.
It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first global century before falling for 114. His innings consisted of twelve boundaries and three sixes.
On Zaman, he said: “He’s a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan”.