Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

India captain Virat Kohli: Pakistan completely outplayed us in Champions Trophy final

India captain Virat Kohli: Pakistan completely outplayed us in Champions Trophy final

Sarfraz Ahmed's side suffered a shambolic 124-run loss to India on DLS in their first match a fortnight ago but closed the campaign a team transformed with their fourth win in a row. We played very well and know we have won the final. This made it hard to counter his approach during the Champions Trophy final, at The Oval, in London, on Sunday.

Today's match was a one-sided affair, with Pakistan outperforming India in all three departments.

This was Pakistan s largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005.

India went into the final with seven straight wins against Pakistan.

13 wickets scalped by Hasan Ali, the joint-most in single edition of Champions Trophy along with Jerome Taylor in 2006.

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Mohammad Amir's average against Rohit Sharma in global matches. Fakhar Zaman was the beneficiary of the Indian largesse and he ensured the Indian team paid the price for it, as much as for their wayward bowling. "But he was run out in a awful mix-up", said Kohli, who scored five before becoming the second victim of a fired-up Mohammad Amir.

India was never in the hunt with the bat, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both back in the sheds within 16 balls to leave the innings in tatters at 2-6.

Babar Azam kept the run-rate ticking along with 46 from 52, before Mohammad Hafeez (57no) took control in the final overs, smashing a crucial half-century from just 34 balls and finding great support in Imad Wasim (25no).

India needed a quick start with Pakistan having put up a massive total of 338 on the board. But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it s better for the team in the future.

However, a picture that evoked mutual admiration and went viral recently is the one which shows former Indian captain and current wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carrying the son of Pakistani skipper Safaraz Ahmed in his arms. Pakistan did their best to build on the start.

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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. His run out, thanks to Ravindra Jadeja, put Pakistan on the path to a landslide win.

India captain Virat Kohli says Fakhar Zaman s cavalier approach was hard to counter as 80 percent of his "high risk shots" came off well during the Champions Trophy final against Paksitan, here today.

Pakistan have been starved of worldwide cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues.

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.

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