Hasan Ali reveals his best wicket of Champions Trophy

Indian skipper Virat Kohli who has almost 16 million followers on micro-blogging site "Twitter" admitted on Saturday that he is steering clear of social media ahead of much-anticipated Champions Trophy final against bitter rivals Pakistan.

The victory on June 18 in London sparked celebrations back home in cities such as Islamabad, Karachi, Peshawar, and Quetta, with fans flooding the streets carrying the national flag, with fireworks and celebratory gunfire livening up the gatherings.

Meanwhile, Pakistan would consider it as a golden opportunity to avenge their first match defeat against India and clinch their maiden title.

Sarfraz Ahmed: "After the India (group) match, I said to the boys that the tournament doesn't finish here".

Pakistan piled up an impressive 4-338 after being put in to bat and India's much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir. The duo forged 128-run partnership in 23 overs before a running mix-up cost Pakistan a wicket.

On Fakhar Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

Sarfraz and Pakistan's South Africa-born coach Mickey Arthur have built up an endearing and victorious double act. As Virat Kohli said in the post-match conference, it was just the probing, aggressive bowling display by Pakistan that did the Indian batting in.

In October 2015, this Pakistan side only just made it into the tournament as one of the top eight teams in the world given just days after the cut off point they were beaten by Zimbabwe and slipped to ninth.

"Until now, we have never spoken of the semi-final in any different way".

"They motivated us", explained Sarraz, also Pakistan s captain when they beat India in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup final in Colombo.

Sarfraz paid tribute to the influence of a coaching staff led by Mickey Arthur, who took charge shortly before Pakistan s tour of England past year, where a Test series was shared but the ODI campaign lost 4-1.

Yet not matter how well we pulled ourselves together in this crucial competition, we must not lose sight of the fact that the team, just like the cricket Board, is practically falling apart.

Fakhar Zaman told the Pakistan physio he didn't think he would be fit to play the night before the Champions Trophy final.

"We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day". Dhawan was surprised by the extra bounce from the left hander and edged behind the stumps to give a simple catch to Sarfraz Ahmed. He added: "It is sad that we have not been playing at home for eight years".

The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez alongside medium-pacer Rumman Raees - who made his debut in the semi-finals - will look to provide depth and variation to the Pakistan bowling line-up. "Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the final but today we were outplayed in all departments".

They dominated the game from the word go and finished it in some style.

"It is an unbelievable feeling which I can't describe at the moment though".

Disappointed with the coin not turning in his favour, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz said, "We wanted to bowl first". We knew we were better than that.

  • Julie Sanders