Pakistan send India packing by 180 runs

Evrard Martin
Juin 20, 2017

Former Australian batsman Michael Hussey on Monday (June 19) called Pakistan destiny's child after the green brigade defeated India in the Champions Trophy final at Kennington Oval here. Earlier, it was Hasan Ali's three wicket haul that dented England's momentum and restricted them to 211 runs after they were inserted into batting first.

"So we just had to keep believing and keep them trusting the techniques and keep them trusting their game plan and keep them trusting their roles, and that's why I'm incredibly proud of that dressing room because they did that".

"Yes, we have shown the composure in pressure situations most often in this tournament, but that is no guarantee that you're going to do it every time".

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today".

The ICC Champions Trophy final win against India helped Pakistan vault to the No.6 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-day International (ODI) rankings, thereby helping them to inch closer to securing a direct entry to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

We just want to tell the kid "We feel ya bro" and we have all been through same emotions growing up when India used to lose more often to Pakistan. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have.

"The unsafe Dhoni was bounced out and Jadeja failed to sacrifice himself to allow the incredibly exciting Hardik Pandya to take India towards an unlikely victory", he added.

"Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets-and I did it", he said. The left-arm speedster had had an ordinary tournament, where he had picked only two wickets until the final.

India was asked to produce the highest successful run chase in Trophy history, and had the weapons to do it.

Among the bowlers, India pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah took significant leaps in the ICC ODI bowlers' list led by Aussie Josh Hazlewood.

But, the Champions Trophy final match defeat though got the Pakistani fans over the moon. Fakhar, out to a nice catch on the run by Jadeja behind square, scored 114 off 106 balls.

The 27-year-old completed a 92-ball hundred including two sixes when he swept star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, for his 12th four.

It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first global century before falling for 114. They then included Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali in the first team and went on to defeat South Africa and Sri Lanka to secure a place in the semi-finals.

Hafeez smashed 3 sixes and 4 boundaries during the course of his innings.

"Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team".

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