Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC One-day rankings

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day global hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level. A few Pakistan fans stormed the ground to greet their cricketing heroes only to be neutralised by the bouncers on the ground. "The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.

"A guy like Zaman, when players like that get going on their day, it becomes real hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off", Kohli said.

"But you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they've shown better skill than you, they've shown better composure in pressure situations than you".

In India nearly all print media went easy on Kohli and his team, crediting Pakistan's performance though the front-page of the Hindustan Times screamed "Obliterated at the Oval: India humiliated by Pak". "They were more intense and more passionate", he said. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

"When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions", said the 30-year-old gloveman.

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.

The players' rankings saw India's Rohit Sharma, who scored an unbeaten 123 in the semi-final against Bangladesh, gaining three slots to share the No.10 position with his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan. (Reuters photo) Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman celebrates his maiden ODI century.

The Men in Blue have won all three of their previous matches against Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments to date and it is but obvious that they would start going into the finals as favourites.

The side includes four players from Pakistan, three Indians, three Englishmen and one from Bangladesh, with Kane Williamson of New Zealand as 12th man.

India then lost two wickets for no runs in four balls to be 54 for five inside 14 overs. Mohammad Amir, who missed the semifinal due to a back spasm but picked three for 16 in the final, has gained 16 slots to reach 21st place while Junaid Khan has moved up nine places to 47th position.

Former Captain extolled the young opener Fakhar Zaman whose 114 runs helped Pakistan to make 338/4, adding that he made three consecutive 50s in three matches for Pakistan.

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