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

Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team of the tournament

Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team of the tournament

India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs when the subcontinent giants squared off in their tournament opener in Birmingham.

Kashmiris in Indian Occupied Kashmir celebrated Pakistan's victory over arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy final with defiant pro-Pakistan chants and fireworks as shocked silence reverberated across Delhi following the historic upset. We want to be more consistent as a team. It's the first time Pakistan is playing the final of Champions Trophy.

Pakistan last toured India in 2012, where they trounced India 2-1 in a three-match ODI series.

This transformation of the team actually took more than two years and there are many reasons for it.

"They are basically a nomadic team which plays overseas".

Fakhar Zaman spent all of Saturday evening vomiting. Gone were the complaints about the game being unfairly dominated by the bat, the scrutiny of bat sizes and 300 being a par score.

Pakistan, once a cricketing powerhouse, has watched its world ranking slide as top teams have refused to tour the conflict-prone country, forcing the home side to play all global matches overseas. The PSL changed that. The left-handed opener was struggling to get going and was caught by MS Dhoni off Bumrah in the fourth over, but it turned out to be a no ball. PSL polished them with top global players and coaches and readied them for the worldwide arena.

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The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side on Sunday came out on top with a commendable all-round performance as they defeated India by huge 180 runs at The Oval to emerge victorious.

That was when Zaman was out having made his maiden ODI century and making 114 from 106 balls.

"I am sure Team India will win", Hasan said.

A steadying influence, Fakhar hit 31 on his debut before back-to-back half-centuries to help Pakistan into the final.

"Deep in your heart, as a cricket lover, you can't be disappointed to see a nation like that (win)".

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Pakistan are often criticised for their lack of structure but have always been a team of momentum.

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"Pakistan played what seems to be a flawless game of cricket".

Pakistan were 27 for no loss after the first five overs.

It was the ideal in-swinger bringing Sharma forward to set the tone of the match.

Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.

Amir demonstrated his skills further and had Shikhar Dhawan caught behind and with that demolished the top three men in form for India.

"It´s a great team effort".

"The whole group kept believing. After losing the first game, we had no chance to lose again", said Hafeez, who played an important role in the win with a classy 57 not out.

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"It's a final against India, so I just tried to enjoy the innings".

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