Pakistan pays India back in same coin in Champions trophy final

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

Indian captain Virat Kohli said the pressure created by Pakistan's bowlers proved too much for his title-holders to handle in a stunning 180-run Champions Trophy final defeat at The Oval.

"You can't take anyone lightly, we never take anyone lightly, we gave it our best shot but they were just more intense and more passionate on the day".

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment.

Pakistan's total was bolstered by a 128-run opening stand between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman ─ the green shirts' first 100-run stand for the first wicket against India in an ICC ODI event.

"I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan", said Sarfraz, who will now look to lead Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup in England as well.

"Sometimes you have to sit and say the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything".

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".

Pakistan entered the eight-team Champions Trophy in England and Wales ranked dead last, but upset arch-rivals India with a 180-run thrashing in Sunday's final.

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win for the team who lost heavily to India in the group stage. Amir today. Hasan Ali throughout the tournament.

He added: "Hopefully this win, everyone will remember, not just for today, not just for tomorrow, but for a very long, long time".

Hasan Ali picked up the award for man of the tournament with his 13 wickets, including three in India's collapse, and the victory was cathartic for Amir in particular after he spent five years banned from the sport for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord's.

"I want to congratulate the Pakistan team and their fans, I think they really had an fantastic tournament", Kohli said on Sky Sports. "These two lads, plus Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here", he added.

Even as Pakistan were rampaging towards a 300-plus total in the Champions Trophy, penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in the same city. "We want to be more consistent as a team".

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