Pakistan celebrated one of its biggest cricket victories on June 18, defeating arch-rival India in the Champions Trophy final in London.
To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni’s residence soon after the match.
Fast bowler Amir ripped out India’s top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out with 19.3 overs to spare.
Mohammad Hafeez dedicated a stunning ICC Champions Trophy success to the public of Pakistan after thrashing India at The Oval.
A high-profile and colourful finale was at least assured by India and Pakistan’s presence in the final as another chapter in cricket’s fiercest rivalry prepared to be written.
Virat Kohli won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first.
Sharma, the tournament’s second-top scorer behind opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, fell for a three-ball duck when left-arm paceman Amir, having bowled a couple of outswingers, had him lbw with an inswinger.
Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of global cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds. The Men in Blue are now 13-2 and this was the fourth ICC Champions Trophy final for the Indian team.
Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, lifts the Champions Trophy with his team-mates.
“If there’s been a more improbable Pakistan triumph than this, it’s yet to be written”, said Osman Samiuddin, author of a definitive book on Pakistan cricket, The Unquiet Ones. As India, had never lost to Pakistan in big events of ICC, hopes of the people were high.
“Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets. and I did it”, he said.
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.
Fakhar capitalised on a huge piece of fortune early in proceedings – he was caught from a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball when on three – but rode his luck to pummel the Indian attack to all parts.
Pakistan had a brilliant start as opening pair of Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman laid the foundation of a big score in the final with a partnership of 128 runs.
Not wanting to let India know he was rattled, he hit two boundaries quickly, plus a third off his helmet, and he was on his way.
Kohli had to walk back for just 5 runs and it was the final nail in the coffin.
“We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn’t play our best game”.
Special arrangements were made to broadcast the final live in community halls, cinemas and parks across Pakistan.
Ali is also the first bowler to take four successive three-wicket hauls in the Champions Trophy.
Arthur said: “I’m sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight – they deserve it”.
They also distributed candies in different markets especially at Madni Chowk, Gulgasht colony, MDA Chowk, Kalma Chowk, Mumtazabad and Vehari Chowk.