Pakistan rout India to clinch Champions Trophy
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 18:45
Chasing 339, India's top-order were undone by some brilliant bowling from Mohammad Amir who dismissed the in-form trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan. "After losing the first game, we had no chance to lose again", said Hafeez, who played an important role in the win with a classy 57 not out. "We can not take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Aamer and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each.
Afridi said the celebration of yesterday's win in Pakistan was similar to the "unbridled joy" that the country's fans felt after the team's 1992 World Cup triumph and 2009 World T20 title win.
Later in the innings, Hardik Pandya, who put some resistance with a quick-fire 76 off 43 balls, was run out in the 27th over, thus, bringing an end to a famed Indian batting line-up.
"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an fantastic tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".
"After the India match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. Hopefully, we can post more than 300", Sarfraz said.
"I'm disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I'm proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall". No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket.
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.
"It's the final so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games".