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Pakistan stun holders India to lift Champions Trophy

Pammachio Corsino | 20 Giugno, 2017, 04:11

The lowest-ranked team in the eight-nation one-day worldwide tournament, their group campaign started with a 124-run thrashing by India at Edgbaston on June 4.

Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan's adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.

India won the toss and elected to field.

India then lost two wickets for no runs in four balls to be 54 for five inside 14 overs.

Pakistan was cruising at 0-128 in the 23 over with Azhar on 59, when he was involved in a farcical mix-up with opening partner Fakhar Zaman.

It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first worldwide century before falling for 114. But by the time he finished, the Green Shirts had taken full control of the game.

Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 72 for six.

Zaman's 114 off of 106 balls earned him the Man of the Match award in the final.


"Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah form a great combination who complement each other very well, and the spin options of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja keep the pressure on in the middle overs. Furthermore, the terrorists can not win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan", Clarke had said.

Chasing 339, India's top-order were undone by some brilliant bowling from Mohammad Amir who dismissed the in-form trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan.

He is sure that Virat Kohli's team will make a thumping comeback but feels that it is unfortunate that his nation wasn't able to defend the title. Amir removed all of India's top three as Pakistan stunned their arch-rivals with a remarkable 180-run win while Fakhar scored his maiden ODI ton for Pakistan.

Babar Azam has reached a career-best fifth position after moving up three positions with scores of 46 in the final and 30 not out in the semifinal.

"We showed great character".

"Hopefully this win, everyone will remember - not today, not tomorrow, but for a very long, long time", said Sarfraz, the wicketkeeper who held the final catch that sparked wild celebrations.

"If captain Sarfraz Ahmed had come in earlier instead of Imad Wasim to lead the final charge, perhaps the total would have even gone beyond 350", Sangakkara wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC), describing the heroics of Fakhar's batting.

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