Pakistan, entering the tournament ranked eighth out of the eight teams in the tournament, stunned arch-rivals India on Sunday to win the 2017 International Cricket Council Champions Trophy final by 180 runs at Kia Oval in London, England.
The victory was splashed across most major newspapers, with leading English daily Dawn proclaiming: “Pakistan breaks jinx, trounce India in dream final”.
Sport looks at Pakistan’s remarkable run to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title.
Opener Fakhar Zaman, playing only his fourth One Day International, mixed fearlessness with sensibility and smashed 114 from just 106 balls to help his team post a mammoth 338 on board.
“But you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they’ve shown better skill than you, they’ve shown better composure in pressure situations than you”.
Actor cum director Kamal Rashid Khan, who is popular for his controversial remarks, alleged that the Indian captain Virat Kohli should be behind bars for “fixing the Champions Trophy final“, after India received crushing defeat against Pakistan by 180 runs. “I have never tried my hand in it but they are pretty good, so they will be fine”, Kohli said. “It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive”, said Afridi in a column for ICC.
Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja.
“They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did”, Kohli told a news conference. “Hopefully all countries will now visit Pakistan“, he said.
He appreciated collective team efforts for the scintillating win, adding that Pakistan Young guns proved their mettle.
Pakistans Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawans opening partner after the youngster aggregated 252 runs in four matches at an impressive strike-rate of 113. “And the players nearly drove that conversation, which for us was very new, but also showed a maturity, and the way they turned it around was unbelievable”, Arthur said. “Unfortunately, from an Australian perspective, not much went right and the team was bundled out early”, Hussey said.
Meanwhile, reflecting on India’s tournament as a whole, Kohli insisted: “We can (still) be very proud. and we leave here with our heads held high”.