Preview: A wounded Pakistan will be out for revenge while India will aim to maintain their dominance when the arch-rivals meet in the final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at The Oval in London on Sunday.
“We have a young team and credit to my boys”.
Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan Ali in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja.
Kashmiri Muslims took to the streets after the win waving Pakistani flags and chanting “Jive Jive Pakistan (long live Pakistan)” as fireworks exploded over Srinagar’s skies.
Amir, who missed Pakistan’s eight-wicket semi-final win over England with a back spasm, finished with three wickets for 16 runs in six overs.
It was fitting that Pakistan’s captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, was the man to hold the simple looping catch off the top edge of Jasprit Bumrah’s bat that sealed Pakistan’s triumph, having masterminded his side’s compelling surge from last-place qualifiers to title winners in understated fashion alongside the head coach, Mickey Arthur.
Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, hit half a dozen of sixes to provide some entertainment, before being run-out due to a disgusting mix-up with Jadeja.
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“. We are on the right track, everything is going right at the moment.
The harum-scarum left-hander had already survived with just a single to his name when he pushed Bhuvneshwar Kumar to cover and would have been run out had Kedar Jadhav managed a direct hit.
Together with Azhar Ali (59), he put on 128 for the first wicket – Pakistan’s highest opening stand against India in an ICC tournament – and it took a run out to separate them as Fakhar was guilty of ball-watching.
He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Pandya to Jadeja, running back from point.
Babar came out of the opener’s shadows, but after Shoaib Malik and he holed out in the off-side deep, Hafeez (57no) hit four fours and three sixes to turn Pakistan’s promise into the 300-plus substance required against India’s powerhouse batting line-up in these run-fest conditions.
“I think this is something we wanted to do because the millions of people at home were waiting for this”.
# 5 wickets lost for India at the end of 14 overs, it is most by Team India since Jan 2013 in a fifty over game. We knew we’d prepared well, we knew that game was an aberration, we knew we were better than that. “We want to be more consistent as a team“.
They had an fantastic tournament.
“They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win”.
“I am shocked. we thought we would have them for dinner, but it has turned the other way”, Amit Sharma told AFP at Delhi’s Connaught Place.
“They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final”, Kohli added.