Junio 22, 2017

Unorthodox Fakhar Zaman upset Team India bowlers' rhythm, says Virat Kohli

19 Junio 2017, 06:02 | Gerardo Tarin

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Instead of being distraught with defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy final. Next ball, Kohli hit it straight to Shadab at point and Amir, bowling at 140-plus kph, had his second wicket.

India won the toss and opted to put Pakistan in to bowl first.

India kept stumbling and lost its fifth wicket of MS Dhoni in the 13th over. A nod, too, should go to his predecessor Azhar Ali, who previous year had resembled Pakistan's answer to Alastair Cook - a roundhead in an increasingly cavalier-dominated sport - but has since shrugged off his jump-before-you-are-pushed decision to stand down as captain and knuckled down as a player; his 59 in the opening stand of 128 with Fakhar set the platform.

The outstanding Fakhar only made his one-day worldwide debut in the win over South Africa last week, but the 27-year-old had already made up for lost time with half-centuries against Sri Lanka and England. Fakhar was caught by Ravindra Jadeja on Hardik Pandya's ball in 33.1 overs when Pakistan reached 200 runs.

Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.

Pakistan was the last team to qualify for the Trophy, the lowest-ranked at eighth out of eight, and written off after its opening loss to India by 124 runs. These guys have played with some of the best players in the world before making their global debuts and are well equipped to handle pressure and bounce back. The mighty English batting lineup score 300+ runs for fun, the mighty have fallen, the mighty have fallen with their tails stuck between their legs complaining about conditions at their own ground.

In trying to up the ante, he got out but not before scoring a brilliant 114 off just 108 balls. He scored his maiden ODI century in style with a four off the 31st over.

He and senior cricketer Yuvraj Singh went over to some of the Pakistani players, namely Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam, and congratulated them. "I am over the moon #PakistanZinabadad", tweeted ex fast-bowler Wasim Akram, who also compared fast-bowler Mohammad Amir's masterclass in high-swing bowling to his own during his 1990s heydey.

Kohli named an unchanged team for the match, while Pakistan paceman Mohammad Amir returned to the line-up after missing the semi-final victory over England through injury.

They didn't stop there as they came out with their best show in the final to bag their first Champions Trophy title.

Ever since a terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team's bus in 2009, no major cricketing nation has tourned Pakistan for a series and they had to play all their "home" matches outside the country. The other 5 finals have been won by the chasing team.

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