Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

India will learn from final defeat, says skipper Kohli

India will learn from final defeat, says skipper Kohli

The victory was Pakistan's first global 50-over trophy since lifting the 1992 World Cup.

Communities gathered around TV screens throughout the country on Sunday night to share the moment as Pakistan won its first ever Champions Trophy, just weeks after being written off following a loss in the tournament's opening match - also against India.

Zaman was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumhrah had over stepped.

And those nerves nearly made him pay as he prodded at a Jasprit Bumrah delivery that was caught by MS Dhoni behind the stumps only for Zaman to be called back as the bowler had overstepped.

India was outplayed by Pakistan in the final in all departments and the batters put up a poor show as the whole top order crumbled down while chasing. Team India lost the finals but the boys weren't sore, they were proud of their performance and thus accepted the defeat. Pakistan, the overwhelming underdogs at the start of the tournament, had beaten all the odds to make it to the final.

Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan's first Champions Trophy win with 19.3 overs to spare.

KRK tweeted to say, "Virat Kohli should be banned from playing cricket for lifetime for selling pride of 130Cr Indians to Pakistan". The Times of India proclaimed: "The Unpredictables Rise Again".

"We give our best every time we go out on the field, and I'm really proud of the way the team has played in this tournament". Cricket-mad Indian fans resorted to humour to sweep away the disappointment.

Separately, Fakhar Zaman's brother said that preparations were finalized to receive their hero in Mardan. Top industrialist Harsh Goenka sent a message to India's foreign minister Sushma Swaraj. And it continued even after another deadly attack at London Bridge, barely two miles from The Oval on June 3 in which eight people died. "Madam Sushma Swaraj please rescue them", he tweeted.

Waqar said the victory will help serve the cause of cricket at home where worldwide cricket is not being played for many years. For a country in which domestic players are starved of global exposure due to the worldwide boycott on matches in Pakistan, the PSL was akin to Pandora's Box.

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