Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Economy | By Annette Adams

Tables turned as Pakistan crush rivals India in final

Tables turned as Pakistan crush rivals India in final

Seam bowlers Mohammad Amir and Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country's first appearance in the final of the limited-overs tournament which is regarded as a mini-World Cup.

Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of global cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds. "Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well".

"I'm disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I'm proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall".

"Rarely have I seen Pakistan deliver such a clinical performance in a tournament decider and annihilating hot favourite India came as a pleasant surprise", he said, "Pakistan, meanwhile, has a team that can develop into one of the top three teams by the time the 2019 World Cup is played in England".

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.

Pakistan enhanced their long-held reputation as one of the most unpredictable teams in world sport with an extraordinary and overwhelming victory over bitter local rivals India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.

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.

Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind. But, one can not underestimate Pakistan, looking at their performance in the last few matches, especially against England.

They said Pak team outclassed India in the final with the extraordinary performance.

128 The opening stand between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan's first century stand for the first wicket against India in an ICC ODI event.

He raised hopes of pulling off a one-man Indian Houdini act as he hit three successive sixes to reach his half century. "One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition". "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

"But the thing about that loss to India was we knew that was an aberration".

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