Mohammad Amir removed all of India’s top three as Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.
Pandya raced to his half-century in 32 balls, with the third of three successive sixes in one over from Shadab Khan – but after pressing on to a new career-best, with four fours and six maximums, he was run out in a hapless mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja which encapsulated India’s miserable day.
Mohammad Amir celebrates taking the wicket of India’s Rohit Sharma, lbw for 0 during the ICC Champions Trophy final. And what Indian skipper Virat had to say about it -“Nice and hard wicket”. “There’s even grass covering and we’d like our bowlers to exploit it. Some teams might not have the best starts and come back amazingly, which Pakistan have done”, Kohli said on the eve of the much-anticipated, high octane clash. Then we like chasing.
“We just had to keep believing. they kept on believing, trusting their roles (and) trusting the game-plan that “Saffy” (Sarfraz) and I had set up”, said Arthur for whom this was a first major tournament success after spells in charge of both his native South Africa and Australia. “But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India“, Raju Verma, an auto driver, said.
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 truly played like Champions on the day but credit to Virat Kohli and his boys as they played really well in the tournament.
“They made us make those mistakes with the way they were bowling, creating that pressure”, he said. “It is a dream come true”, a Kashmiri youth shouted in support of the Sarfraz Ahmed-led Pakistan team. But the toss is out of our control.
“We have nothing to lose today”.
“We want to be a little more consistent as a team but we’ve got a group of players here who are fantastic”. Amir sat out of the semis to a back spasm.
Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the ideal platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.