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

Zaman thought he would miss Champions Trophy final

Zaman thought he would miss Champions Trophy final

"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake", remarked Sarfraz.

"We scored some great goals and when we score the type of goals that we did today, that is what makes a coach happy. However, our batting and bowling were up to the task today", he concluded.

Amir, who missed Pakistan's eight-wicket semi-final win over England with a back spasm, finished with 3-16 runs in six overs.

Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession.

In fact, he got only a single wicket in three matches that he played, giving away 167 runs from 29 overs.

Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir tore apart the famed Indian top three, shaking India to the core as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan headed back to the pavilion.

He raised hopes of pulling off a one-man Indian Houdini act as he hit three successive sixes to reach his half century. Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 72 for six.

Arthur said on Sunday: "It's been an up and down ride for us, but so proud of the boys".

"We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly", added the South African after Pakistan's first major global tournament success since they won the 2009 World Twenty20 in England.

"The whole group kept believing, we knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India". They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 4-338, which featured Fakhar Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day global hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

"The problem is that we don't have the system to polish this young and raw talent properly and professionally". "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an incredible tournament".

"But early wickets are never good, especially in a chase". We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely. 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.

"Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us".

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