India captain Virat Kohli: Pakistan completely outplayed us in Champions Trophy final

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Fakhar rode his luck when he was caught behind off a no-ball on three. Pakistan have been forced to play most of their home matches overseas since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

Pandya was fearless and he entertained but his chaotic run-out, following a mix-up with Jadeja, was pretty much summed how India performed today in the field.

As far as Playing XI is concerned, India are going with the same team that registered a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the semi-finals.

However, when a picture surfaced of former India skipper MS Dhoni holding the baby of Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in his arms, the moment was more than an adorable one and it took social media by storm.

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.

There was a still a seat-of-the-pants element to Pakistan's progress, though, and it was not the greatest surprise when the stand ended with a run-out mix-up in which both batsmen were stranded at the same end. He hammered six sixes in his 43-ball-76 and appeared to have breathed life - however little of it - back into the contest.

Zaman was lucky early in his innings as he survived a caught-behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah with the Indian pacer having overstepped. Kohli, electing to field, would have expected a better show from his bowlers.

India will feel aggrieved as Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to reach his first global century.

"This is one victory that Pakistan fans will remember for long". Jadeja was short and wide, when he was cut, or predictable, when Zaman stepped out to swipe him over the infield. After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game. From that point, Pakistan changed gears scoring 33 runs in the next two overs with Jadeja and Ashwin leaking 16 and 17 runs. "When the game is on the line, the more he performs, the more amped up he gets".

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.

India won the toss and perhaps that was the only thing they won in addition to Bhuvneshwar Kumar's fine bowling display and Hardik Pandya's fifty.

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