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Zaman, Ali heroics helps Pakistan clinch Champions Trophy title

19 Junio 2017, 11:02 | Crisanna Felipe

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed hailed his side's character and belief as they delivered a brilliant performance to hand defending champions India a 180-run thrashing in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy cricket tournament here on Sunday. Mohammad Hafeez, not out on 57, and Babar Azam, out caught after making 46, were also major contributors in the final score of 338.

Mohammad Amir picked up three early wickets, dismissing Rohit Sharma, who fell on a three-ball duck, India's Captain Virat Kohli, who could just manage to make five runs and Shikhar Dhawan, who trudged off with 21, leaving India at 33 for 3.

India entered the final on Sunday at The Oval having beaten Pakistan seven straight times in global tournaments since 2011, and overwhelmingly favored to retain the trophy.

It was Pakistan's first worldwide 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup.

"Today's win shows that no one is favourite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in worldwide cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing.

"I would rate his performance as arguably the greatest by a Pakistani in a world event final considering that this was only his fourth ODI and first ever against India", he said.

"They are basically a nomadic team which plays overseas".

"We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, who's knock was outstanding", he said.

Hasan Ali was responsible for taking the last Indian wicket, leaving the Blue Shirts with 158 runs from 30.3 overs. There's no one team on the box, so you have to accept losses, you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they've shown better skill than you, they've shown better composure in pressure situations than you. In the 26th over when Pandya called for a single and started running, Jadeja took a couple of steps ahead only to go back to the crease, thereby costing Pandya his wicket.

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.

"We're scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games", he said. Hopefully, this win, everyone will remember not [just] today or tomorrow, but for a very long time.When we arrived here, we were ranked 8th, and now, we are the champions.

"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win". "It is a part of playing worldwide sport", said Kohli talking about all-rounder's expression of disappointment on the field".



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