Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli backs Hardik Pandya's reaction after dismissal in final

Elias Hubbard
June 19, 2017

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.

He dismissed three of the world's top (ODI) batsmen in Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

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Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over, huge cheers erupted around the arena.

"I think great things went for me and my team and my country", Sarfraz told reporters after a win made all the more astounding by the fact Pakistan had suffered a 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

India captain Virat Kohli says Fakhar Zaman's cavalier approach was hard to counter as 80 percent of his "high risk shots" came off well during the Champions Trophy final against Paksitan, here today. "But for a guy like Zaman, it becomes really hard to stop players like him, because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off. But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it's better for the team in the future".

After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir's figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets.

Pakistan have managed to bounce back in the tournament, trouncing South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages and England in the semi-finals to book a berth in the final. He ended up with a knock of 76 runs off 43 balls.

There has not been an global match in Pakistan since a 2009 attack on Sri Lanka's team bus killed six policemen and injured seven cricketers.

However, in a complete mix up, Ali got run out at his individual score of 59. I said when we arrived here, we have nothing to lose and we have nothing to lose today too.

The momentum remained with Pakistan as Mohammad Hafeez pummelled three sixes and four fours, putting on an unbroken 71 with Imad Wasim (25no) who enjoyed a remarkable slice of luck when a delivery from Bumrah bounced forcefully off his wicket without dislodging a bail. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end.

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