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Captain Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan's exile

Messalina Adamo | 20 Giugno, 2017, 01:07

The South Asians arrived in Britain for the eight-team, one-day global tournament as the lowest-ranked side, packed with players still trying to find their feet at the highest level and given little hope of emerging victorious. Kohli only had praise for the 23-year-old who stood up against the fierce Pakistani bowlers and clobbered them all around the park - something none of the top order batsmen could do. With the odds against them stacking higher and higher, they upset South Africa, overcame Sri Lanka, and shocked England to reach their first Trophy final; a rematch with their neighbour and nemesis. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.

"The way we showed character, this is for the nation. This is the least we could do".

It all left India needing to set new tournament record for a team batting second to win if they were to retain the title they won in England four years ago. All in all, it includes players from five of the eight participating sides.

The decline cost Azhar Ali the captaincy and Sarfraz Ahmed, the Twenty20 skipper, was elevated to the role in February.

Babar Azam (46) and Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out from 37 balls) also made significant contributions as India's frontline bowlers - with the exception of the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar - were put to the sword.

Interestingly, Ramiz was the only commentator who said that Pakistan and India will play the final and green shirts will lift the title.

"Credit goes to the team management". Hopefully, everyone will remember this win, not today, not tomorrow, but for a very long, long time.

By the time the defending champions were skittled for 158 in 30.3 overs, Hardik Pandya top-scoring with a brutal 76 off 43 balls, Pakistan looked anything but the eighth and bottom-ranked team in the competition.


"It's disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because I'm very proud of how we've played in this tournament".

Pakistan celebrated one of its biggest cricket victories on June 18, defeating arch-rival India in the Champions Trophy final in London.

Hussey said England might emerge as one of the favourites at the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.

"Hopefully, this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all teams will come to Pakistan to play", Sarfraz added.

Former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan tweeted his congratulations, while former teammate Wasim Akram, one of the world's greatest fast bowlers, said he was "over the moon".

The two Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (0/70 in 10 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/67 from 8 overs) got a pounding from Zaman, who would clear his front leg and muscle the deliveries through on-side, occasionally hitting the inside out shot through extra cover. We have to keep this momentum going.

Imran also was also unhappy with the dismal condition of cricket in the country, "Nowhere in the world did the President or Prime Minister appoint the Chairman of the cricket Board". We have got enough points and now we do not have to go through qualifying, we want to work hard from here.

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