Pakistan 'pressure' got to India, says Kohli

Ruben Hill
June 20, 2017

Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments.

In a match which saw Virat Kohli and his boys fail miserably in all three departments of fielding, bowling and batting, it was Hardik Pandya who nearly spearheaded a resurgence by scoring the fastest half-century in the history of ICC tournaments finals, even beating Adam Gilchrist's record.

Afridi also exuded confidence that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led young brigade can become one of the top three teams in the world if they continue to produce such performances consistently.

All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the semifinals because of a back spasm.

114 Zaman's score, the fourth-highest by a Pakistan batsman in a World Cup or Champions Trophy game, and the first hundred for Pakistan in the final of these tournaments.

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

As soon as the sun set and people broke their religious fast, large numbers came out to watch Pakistan seamers squeezing India in its run-chase.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said he was proud of his team after they thumped India at the Oval on Sunday to win the 2017 Champions Trophy.

With very little exposure to playing in lucrative Twenty20 league across the world and lack of worldwide cricket at home, the Champions Trophy win on Sunday was a remarkable feat for the young Pakistan side.

In fact, India defeated Pakistan in by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston, which made the Green's championship win even harder to predict.

"After the India match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet". The Times of India, for instance, chose to highlight India's 7-1 victory over Pakistan in a Hockey Word League game that was also being played in London on Sunday.

Speaking at the post-match media conference, Sarfraz said: "I think things were great for me, my team and my country. Furthermore, the terrorists can not win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan", Clarke had said.

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years.

Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger.

"Once we put up a strong total, I was more than million percent sure India can't beat us today", said Zahra Mehmood, a housewife.

For once, the Pakistan middle order didn't waste the great start, and Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) and Babar Azam (46) helped to net 91 runs in the last 10 overs, to give Pakistan's bowlers an impressive total to defend. He went on to join a rare group of batsmen who had scored a century on their maiden game against India.

Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes.

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