Denizens of the industrial city burnt the posters of Indian cricket team after team India lost the ICC Champions trophy final to Pakistan with a huge margin of 180 runs on late Sunday evening.
Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets, including the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah caught by Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, and went on to win the tournament’s Golden Ball award at the top bowler throughout the competition.
Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Virat Kohli (5) were snuffed out by Amir in a devastating first spell with three brilliant deliveries.
Mohammad Hafeez belted an unbeaten 57 from just 37 balls and Babar Azam made 46 from 52.
This will be the second time in an ICC event’s final where India and Pakistan will play for the trophy, first being the inaugural edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in South Africa in 2007. “I said it before the England game, if we put our “A” game together and do the basics well, we can beat anybody”.
“Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase”, Kohli said.
Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, hit half a dozen of sixes to provide some entertainment, before being run-out due to a awful mix-up with Jadeja.
“They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final”, Kohli added.
Amir struck just three balls into India’s reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger.
Lose to India by 124 runs- Pakistan are completely outplayed in what coach Mickey Arthur calls a “shambolic” display as India pile up 319 for three before dismissing their old foes for just 164 in a rain-marred match. “The cricket is played between two teams“.
India blew the chance to seal a clean sweep as victory would have made Kohli’s team world No.1 in one-day and Test cricket.
Did not bat: Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan. It was formalities for Pakistan after that and they clinched the win by bowling out India for 158 in the 31st over.
Disappointed with the coin not turning in his favour, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz said, “We wanted to bowl first”. Before the press conference began, Pakistan media manager announced that Sarfraz will make a statement.
Virat Kohli won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first.
Pakistan have been starved of global cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their “home” series at neutral venues.
He would have been run out for one if Kedar Jadhav’s throw from cover had hit and he was caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball on three. I know that when the game is on the line and the bigger the game, the more he performs, the more amped up he gets – he doesn’t shy away from pressure situations.