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Small margins can be massive in cricket: Kohli

19 Junio 2017, 04:32 | Gerardo Tarin

He struck a crucial blow in his very next over when he dismissed India captain Virat Kohli.

It appeared India, chasing 339 to win, had had a lucky break when Kohli, the world's leading one-day worldwide batsman, was dropped on five by first slip Azhar Ali off Amir.

But Sarfraz, who has had a fine tournament in his triple role of captain, wicket-keeper and batsman added: "You saw how well we bowled in the "death overs" against South Africa and also Sri Lanka".

But having been given him medication to settle his stomach - a Pakistan team spokesman suggested Fakhar was suffering from a combination of an adverse reaction to something he had eaten and an attack of nerves before the biggest match of his career - Fakhar slept soundly and reported himself fit to play at 7am on the morning of the match.

He has amassed more than 8,000 runs in 183 ODIs since taking over from Sachin Tendular as India's No.1 cricketing son.

"At the same time, neither are we too intimidated nor are we too arrogant about what we are doing".

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. (Fakhar Zaman 114, Azhar Ali 59, Mohammed Hafeez 57, Babar Azam 46; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/44). "The whole group kept believing, we knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India".

"It is a big match".

India's new ball bowlers began well as they had done throughout the tournament.

I hope this result puts into perspective some of the rubbish that was spoken after Pakistan beat England in the semi-final. Pakistan ran up its highest total of the tournament.

Put in to bat, Pakistan got off to a flawless start.

Pakistan, who will aim for more ODI glory in England at the 2019 World Cup, looked anything but tournament winners after their opening loss. Earlier, Fakhar made the most of an early reprieve after Kohli won the toss and sent Pakistan in on a typically good Oval pitch, with the sunny conditions seemingly ideal for batting.

After playing a shot to left of the square leg, Azhar wanted to steal a single but Zaman didn't respond his call and thus India got a much needed breakthrough in form of Azhar.

Zaman, who made his debut in the tournament, continued his dream run as he scored his first ODI hundred.

The skipper was all praise for Fakhar Zaman, who timed his maiden ODI century to perfection.

And when Hardik Pandya's blistering cameo (76 in 43 balls) ended when he was run out in Pakistani style with both him and Ravi Jadeja running for the same end, the turnaround seemed complete.

He was finally out in the 34th over, scoring 114 off 106 balls, including 12 boundaries and three sixes.

The rain played a significant role in Australia's exit from the competition, but the sun has been out for the majority of this week and the forecast is great for Sunday. You talk about our players not playing at home but also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don't see worldwide cricket.



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