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

Sarfraz Ahmed: 'The win will be remembered for a long, long time'


India, strong favourites to retain the title, were outplayed in every aspect of the game by a revitalised Pakistan side who they crushed in the group stage of the tournament two weeks ago.

An inspired Pakistan hammered a blundering India by 180 runs to lift the ICC Champions Trophy, riding on a scintillating hundred from rookie opener Fakhar Zaman and a sensational bowling spell from Mohammad Amir.

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. Here, we take a look at what went wrong for Virat Kohli and co in the summit clash.

Azhar Ali (59), Mohammed Hafeez (57) and Babar Azam (46) also played solid to prop up the Pakistan innings. The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007.

The left-arm paceman dismissed Rohit Sharma, skipper Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. "We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions", said Sarfraz.

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"It s been an up and down ride for us but I m just so proud of the boys", Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told Sky Sports. People of South Kanpur who burnt the posters and effigies of the players said that they could have digested the defeat of team India if it was any other country but losing to arch rival Pakistan has brought huge disappointment to them.

It appeared India, chasing 339 to win, had had a lucky break when Kohli, the world's leading one-day worldwide batsman, was dropped on five by first slip Azhar Ali off Amir.

Pakistan celebrate after winning ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Pakistan post a mammoth total of 338 against India.

Chasing such a big target, that too in the finals was never going to be easy and India had pinned all its hopes on Virat Kohli, one of the best chasers in the world as he had done so many times for the Men in Blue in the past.

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He may have missed Pakistan's semifinal triumph over England, but Mohammad Amir was back with a bang in the summit clash, as he opened bowling with great aplomb.

Leg spinner Shadab Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh right in front but the umpire denied Pakistan's appeal.

Only Hardik Panya put together a significant innings for India with 76 off of 43 balls, but after the top three combined for only 26 - including Sharma's first-over duck - India would need far more to make the game competitive.

Pandya, Kumar and Kedar Jadhav picked up a wicket each.

Amir took out all three of India's premier batsmen, bowled a maiden for figures of 6-2-16-3, then watched as his teammates mopped up.

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