Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London’s Oval on Sunday to inflict a 180-run defeat upon arch rivals India, the title-holders, in the climax of a tournament featuring the world’s top eight one-day worldwide nations.
He dismissed three of the world’s top (ODI) batsmen in Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.
Pakistan smashed the highest total in a Champions Trophy final – 338-4 that included a maiden century from opener Fakhar Zaman – after being made to bat first by defending champion India at The Oval on Sunday.
128 The opening stand between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan’s first century stand for the first wicket against India in an ICC ODI event. It was after Ali’s dismissal in the 23rd over, for a 71-balll 59 – via a run out, that Zaman – playing his fourth global innings, switched gears and set Pakistan on course for a sizable total. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who claimed seven dismissals for India, was also named. They were confident about India’s win against Pakistan and prove who’s the father i.e. a better team.
Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 72 for six. India’s batting effort paled in comparison and they managed just 158 in reply in 30.3 overs.
However, the India skipper said they were not looking at past records and would rather focus on putting up a complete performance in the summit showdown.
The 37-year-old further said that at present, Pakistan have got a team that has the ability to develop into one of the top three teams by the time the 2019 World Cup is played in England.
The player of the match was, quite correctly, awarded to Pakistani batsman, Fakhar Zaman. This will be the legacy we leave behind, that we beat India in the final.
Azhar clipped a ball from Ravi Ashwin to the left of the fieldsman at square leg, and set off for what appeared to be a straightforward single.
An elated Sarfraz added: “After the India match when we lost in the group stage, I told my boys the tournament hadn t finished yet”.
“I mean, 25 extras is a bit too much in a game like that, and that s something that we certainly need to take care of in the future”.
Kohli also indicated that he would not be making any change in the Playing XI and would go with the same team that played against Bangladesh in the semi-finals.