Williamson 12th man in Trophy team

Solenn Plantier
Juin 20, 2017

Pakistan celebrates at ICC Champions Trophy Final, The Kia Oval, London, June 18.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the ideal platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

Afridi said the celebration of yesterday's win in Pakistan was similar to the "unbridled joy" that the country's fans felt after the team's 1992 World Cup triumph and 2009 World T20 title win.

Led by Fakhar Zaman's aggressive 114 off 106 balls, Pakistan scored 338-4 at The Oval in London after India won the toss and surprisingly opted to field first.

Pakistan gained four points to move to 95 points as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semi- final victory over England.

"They motivated us", explained Sarraz, also Pakistan's captain when they beat India in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup final in Colombo.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord's, was superb.

The Pakistani national team stunned the cricket world by beating India in the final of an global tournament called the Champions Trophy, in London. "So, hopefully, this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all [cricket] playing nations will come to Pakistan", the Dawn quoted Sarfraz, as saying. "We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didnt show any resistance apart from Hardik, whos knock was outstanding", he said.

India captain Kohli accepted his side had been a distant second best. Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman. Though India had lost to Pakistan in Champions Trophy 2017 two times in the history of the tournament before the final. "Yeah, credit to them for winning the title", Kohli said, at the post-match press conference on Sunday.

Sarfraz paid tribute to the influence of a coaching staff led by Mickey Arthur, who took charge shortly before Pakistan's tour of England a year ago, where a Test series was shared but the ODI campaign lost 4-1.

"We're scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games", he said.

Richardson added: "It's never wise to try and make a call too early, but certainly the applications of both are very well founded".

Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India bowed down before the Pakistani bowlers and got all out for mere 158 runs in 33.3 overs.

The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.

Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep.

He raised hopes of pulling off a one-man Indian Houdini act as he hit three successive sixes to reach his half century. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end. The opening pair put on 128 runs before Azhar Ali was run out for 59 runs.

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