Amir jolts India's top order

Cricket fans break television sets after India lost the match against Pakistan, in Ahmedabad on Sunday.

Then, India's captain and chase-master took guard in the middle.

Kohli also said he backed his boys to chase in the title clash.

"They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day", he said.

Despite the heavy loss, Kohli had a smile on his face. But for a guy like Zaman, it becomes really hard to stop players like him, because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high- risk and they were all coming off.

Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win. We give our best every time we go out on the field, and I'm really proud of the way the team has played in this tournament", he said.

"Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes.

The cricket team, by winning the prestigious Champions Trophy, has given an Eid gift to the nation in advance", she said. "The credit for the victory goes to the team as well as the management". One of the top coaches in the world, Arthur has never won an IC C trophy and Sunday ended that jinx.

"It has been an up and down ride". "Twenty-five extras is a bit too much in a game like that, and that's something that we certainly need to take care of in the future". We wanted to be a lot more consistent.

"It says a lot about his personality. but what I do know is that Mohammad Amir is a big-match player", said Arthur.

"We have got a group of young players". "This is the moment we were waiting for..."

"I think this is something we wanted to do because the millions of people at home were waiting for this".

Hasan Ali also answered his critics who said he was not capable of performing on the worldwide stage after playing in the PSL the past two years.

That team could find themselves acting as a "path-finder" for the resumption of tours of Pakistan by major cricket nations. It was the sort of start the Pakistani batsmen were looking for and they got it with a bit of assistance from the Indian bowlers.

Pakistan, who lost their campaign opener against India, seemed a different side this time.

Amir, once vilified for his role in the 2010 Pakistan spot-fixing scandal which led to him serving a prison term in London, was at his brilliant best when he produced a devastating opening spell.

Pakistan then prove it's possible to bat on a used pitch, with Fakhar making his second fifty in as many matches, as they cruise to victory with 77 balls to spare. No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket.

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.

Sarfraz spoke about the benefits of Pakistan Super League (PSL).

But the umpires checked for a no-ball and replays showed Bumrah had over-stepped. A final match is happening after 10 years. Throwing water at each other instead of champagne (because of Ramadan), the team chanted "Pakistan Zindabad".

It was his day and as if he wanted to make a statement in his own style. The wicketkeeper-batsman made a statement even before he took questions from the press and appealed that this victory should open the gate for global teams to tour Pakistan in the future. No one cared for those syntax errors due to language limitations.

  • Julie Sanders