Pakistan's path to Champions Trophy glory

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Pakistan's Champions Trophy victory could encourage the world's top cricket nations to resume touring the country, captain Sarfraz Ahmed says.

To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

Pakistan have won the Champions Trophy cricket final after beating their arch-rivals India by 180 runs at the Oval ground in Britain's capital, London.

Pakistan's triumph was all the more impressive given they had been comprehensively beaten by India in both teams' opening group match at Edgbaston a fortnight earlier.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.

But it was the first ball of the fourth over that turned cruel for India and a blessing for Pakistan.

Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.

"It says a lot about his personality. but what I do know is that Mohammad Amir is a big-match player".

Pakistan openers Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali came out with intent and scored the big runs from the word go.

"So you can only do so much, as I said, as a bowler and as a captain when that is happening".

"It s been an up and down ride for us but I m just so proud of the boys", Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told Sky Sports.

Kohli accepted his side had been second best as he acknowledged Pakistan s "amazing tournament". Kohli looking to move across and flick into the on side got a leading edge straight to point and gave simple catch to Shadab Khan.

Their hopes now rested largely on the shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a huge mix-up with Jadeja saw the all-rounder, to his evident fury, run out for 76.

To add insult to injury, India bowled 13 wides and three no-balls in what was a woeful day for all, save Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/44 in 10 overs).

There was no looking back after that and was liberal help from all the Indian bowlers, who erred in length, gave away needless extras to release the pressure completely.In humid conditions and on flattest of decks, Kohli chose to field first but his bowlers did not do justice to the faith he had shown in them. He took his aim at off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the next over, smashing one over long-on, ran for three but it should have been a four through the covers and a late cut for four down to third man.

But went on to smash 114 and share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59).

Mohammad Amir's average against Rohit Sharma in global matches.

But veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez s quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300.

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