Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Health Care | By Oscar Goodwin

Pakistan break jinx, trounce India in dream final

Pakistan break jinx, trounce India in dream final

On Sunday, it was The Oval's turn to turn green as Sarfraz Ahmed lead Pakistan's victory celebrations after his team turned its much-anticipated Champions Trophy final into a mismatch that they won by 180 runs.

Amir (6-2-16-3) then tormented the Indian batsmen with a devastating first spell and eventually the defending champions were bundled out for 158 in only 30.3 overs.

Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup reflected well on their former Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who kept his squad from losing focus after their dismal display against the Indians earlier in the tournament.

"I want to congratulate the Pakistan team and their fans, I think they really had an wonderful tournament", Kohli said on Sky Sports. No one recognized Pakistan in world cricket, and here we are, the champions.

Comeback hero, Mohammad Amir initiated the onslaught claiming two scalps in the first few overs, the likes of Junaid Khan as well as player of the tournament, Hassan Ali joined in on the act.

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Mohammad Amir best friend believes he will become one of cricket's greats after the Pakistan star achieved redemption on the biggest stage.

This is the second match between the sub-continent rivals at this year's tournament, with India having thrashed Pakistan in their opening group outing.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an fantastic tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".

He also felt that Fakhar Zaman, who scored 114 in the final, has the credential to serve Pakistan cricket for a long time.

On the eve of the ICC's annual conference, he said: "What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens". Well played, outplayed us in all departments.

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Later in the innings, Hardik Pandya, who put some resistance with a quick-fire 76 off 43 balls, was run out in the 27th over, thus, bringing an end to a famed Indian batting line-up.

"Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well".

Both Ashwin and Jadeja first gained prominence as limited-overs bowlers, gaining attention for their performances in the Indian Premier League. Credit to the team management for boosting us well. We've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes".

"The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for the television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give more opportunities to more teams".

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