Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan exile

Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan exile

Pakistan, entering the tournament ranked eighth out of the eight teams in the tournament, stunned arch-rivals India on Sunday to win the 2017 International Cricket Council Champions Trophy final by 180 runs at Kia Oval in London, England.

In the Super Sunday clash between India and Pakistan, Sarfraz Ahmed and team thrashed Virat Kohli and co by 180 runs in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday.

Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman’s 114 his maiden one-day global hundred in just his fourth match at this level.

Pakistan was cruising at 0-128 in the 23 over with Azhar on 59, when he was involved in a farcical mix-up with opening partner Fakhar Zaman.

Babar Azam (46), Mohammad Hafeez (57*) and Imad Wasim (25*) contributed with their willows. It is Pakistan’s first ICC 50 over title since the World Cup win in 1992 and this campaign featured a rise similar to the Cornered Tigers’ victorious one.

The victory was splashed across most major newspapers, with leading English daily Dawn proclaiming: “Pakistan breaks jinx, trounce India in dream final”.

They came into the final against India at the Oval as the outsiders and when India won the toss and made a decision to chase it was felt like Pakistan would need to post close to 350 to just have a chance.

“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.

In the end, India just couldn’t get any partnerships going and collapsed to 158 all out to hand Pakistan the trophy they so deserve.

Fakhar zaman could have been out but that ball turned out to be a no ball from Bumrah and after that there was no looking back for the opening batsmen as he went on to score an fantastic century which the world will remember for a long time.

Fakhar then drove left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja for six. They certainly played really good cricket, and they also needed victories like these as a team. The way Hardik [Pandey] was hitting we thought we can take the game deep. However, Kohli has found support in the form of former Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist who claimed that Kohli that Virat Kohli has led the team well enough and carried it through the phase of transition. Credit should also be given to the Pakistani bowlers who kept things tight for India from the very first over and never let the pressure ease. After losing their opening game against India by 145 runs, they staged a remarkable turnaround, winning their next three games against Sri Lanka, South Africa and England, in the semifinal, quite convincingly.