Junio 24, 2017

Pakistan win maiden ICC Champions Trophy title by defeating India

19 Junio 2017, 06:44 | Gervasio Siguenza

Mohammad Amir missed the semi-final clash against England due to a back injury in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Mohammad Amir missed the semi-final clash against England due to a back injury in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meanwhile issued a statement congratulating the team, saying they "deserve the nation's profound gratitude and appreciation".

In fact, it's in the bowling department where there's hardly anything to differentiate between India and Pakistan. They also have a knack of picking wickets in the middle overs - a phase of the game that has turned out to be the most crucial after the new fielding restrictions.

At one stage the Bangladesh team looked poised to register a big total when they were 154-2. They played with courage and belief.

Another cricket lover Mohammad Rafique said the match against India was far more enjoyable than the rest of the cricket teams. If they can do that, the Edgbaston match and all the other previous encounters could well be history.

India captain Virat Kohli was brutally honest in assessing his team's below-par performance in a chastening 180-run loss to arch-rivals Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday. "Congratulations @TheRealPCB How good have they been to watch. thoroughly Deserved it!"

But the Pakistanis wrote off that defeat as an aberration.

"He's fine", Kohli said.

"We want to try to be a lot more consistent as a team, but we've got a group of young players here that are fantastic".

After losing the toss and being sent in to bat Pakistan started brightly and reached 128 runs before losing their first wicket.

India had a superior record over Pakistan at ICC events, including a win when the sides last met in the final of a global event, the World T20 in 2007.

He said: "It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm just so proud of the boys". A local paper called it a match between the imperial might of India versus Pakistan's rag-tag band of rebels.

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.

Also, after the victory over Pakistan in Birmingham, when asked how hard was it to keep Ashwin out of the playing XI, Kohli had said that the decision to play three frontline pacers against Pakistan was taken keeping the opposition in mind. Throughout the game, the Indian supporters tweeted non-stop updates and messages for their favourite team. Facing some of the best-known bowlers on the planet, on one of the biggest stages in the game, in front of a capacity crowd and cricket's biggest television audience to date, Zaman threw himself into his work. Aamir had missed the semi-final win against England.

Kohli did not hesitate to bowl first, perhaps because of India's comfort factor in chases.

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed lifts the trophy as Pakistan players celebrate their win at the presentation after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. Being the eighth-ranked side, they had already exceeded expectations. "When Hardik started hitting, everyone started getting the feeling that we could take the game deep", Kohli said.:That was a pleasant moment. "Even with the ball, they were very aggressive", he added.

It's all too much for Virat Kohli.

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