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Sarfraz Ahmed's alley cats are streets ahead as they seize the moment

19 Junio 2017, 11:17 | Gerardo Tarin

We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today.

Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London's Oval on Sunday in the climax of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide nations.

The batting department for Pakistan under the likes of opener Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman followed by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez will look to flourish against India having got to good starts in the previous matches but failing to build lethal partnerships.

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Golden Ball award for the top bowler of the tournament. In his 106-ball innings, Zaman hit 12 boundaries and three sixes.

Should India have gone with four seamers?

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar shined with the ball.

Asked if Pakistan's victory was a big moment for the region, he said: "I congratulated them in the post-match". After the India game, we came back superbly.

After Fakhar caused Azhar to be run out on 59, he took out his frustration on India, notably spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja. Former skipper then came forth to praise Virat Kohli's ability to run between the wickets and not go for dot balls.

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".

He was completely unplayable with the new ball, which he swung both ways, to trap the likes of Rohit Sharma and Skikhar Dhawan.

No matter. Next ball Kohli, working across the line, flapped a leading edge to point.

"The best wicket for me was that of [England's skipper], Eoin Morgan, since my father wanted me to dismiss him as he was the inform batsman for England". Put together, the trio have scored 900 runs in the tournament.

Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.

Amir (three wickets for 16 runs), still winning his sport over again after his criminal role in the 2010 spot-fixing saga enacted seven years ago and just a handful of miles away at Lord's, then reduced India to 33 for three - a perilous situation from which the overwhelming favourites were unable to recover, despite some astounding hitting from number seven Hardik Pandya (76).

Should Pandya have batted higher up the order? They worked really hard after the first defeat. They romped home by 180 runs, outplaying on every register superstar opponents fed by a powerhouse domestic scene, but cowed here into a horribly flaccid heap of wafts and nibbles. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have. So that's fantastic. But the credit goes to the players. "Hopefully, all countries will now visit Pakistan", he said.



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