MOHAMMAD Hafeez dedicated a stunning ICC Champions Trophy success to the public of Pakistan after thrashing India at The Oval.
Zaman meanwhile will go down in Pakistan cricketing history as the player who scored 114 runs against India in the final of an ICC world event. “He’s got proper big-match temperament, and he showed that today on the biggest stage”.
Pakistan “proved everybody wrong” in the 2017 Champions Trophy, according to allrounder Imad Wasim.
And those nerves nearly made him pay as he prodded at a Jasprit Bumrah delivery that was caught by MS Dhoni behind the stumps only for Zaman to be called back as the bowler had overstepped.
Fakhar Zaman couldn’t resist the length ball outside off stump, so he poked at it and only nicked it.
Not wanting to let India know he was rattled, he hit two boundaries quickly, plus a third off his helmet, and he was on his way.
Fakhar Zaman hit a maiden one-day worldwide century to set up a thrilling victory against India, who had been strong favourites to lift a second successive title. The duo began cautiously and went three overs without a boundary.
Pakistan’s thrilling victory over their biggest rivals was set up by Fakhar Zaman’s century and a three-wicket burst from opening bowler Mohammad Amir. Fakhar even got in some spin bowling, stepping in when an injured Imad Wasim couldn’t finish the 20th over.
Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli.
Dhawan won the Golden Bat as the tournament’s leading run-scorer while Pakistan speedster Hasan Ali was awarded the Gold Ball as the top wicket-taker. “We want to be more consistent as a team“.
Babar Azam has reached a career-best fifth position after moving up three positions with scores of 46 in the final and 30 not out in the semifinal.
Sport looks at Pakistan’s remarkable run to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title. We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn’t play our best game today.
India, the defending champions, were never in the game after falling to 33-3 and then 54-5 in their chase of Pakistan’s 338-4.
Special arrangements were made to broadcast the final live in community halls, cinemas and parks.
“The joyous scenes reminded me of our World T20 win in 2009 where I was lucky to play a match-winning role for my team in the semi-final and final”, he wrote.
The Pakistan Observer called the team not just champions, but “legendary champions”.
With this win, Pakistan completed quite the turnaround having lost to India by a huge margin in their first match of the tournament.
Apparently, certain sections of Indian cricket fans are now regarding Team India star Ravindra Jadeja as the no 1 villain of the country. “Just the other way round.??” tweeted commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, a former India test cricketer. The gap remained in this match.