India captain Virat Kohli: Pakistan completely outplayed us in Champions Trophy final

Just three boundaries in the last five overs spoke volumes for the level of balling Pakistani batsmen were up against in the final overs. Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman starred for Pakistan in the final.

Even with that target, India were unsafe, boasting a batting line-up capable of rising to any challenge. The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs.

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win. Amir gave him a scare immediately as his delivery whistled past his outside edge. He added 71 for in 7.3 overs with Imad Wasim (25 no off 21).

Amir's rampage wasn't finished, though.

Fans cheered their cricket team which came out victorious in the high-voltage final against arch-rivals India at The Oval on Sunday (June 18). "We all know their struggles of not getting any worldwide cricket back home".

India weren't yet quite done. "Hardik Pandya struck huge sixes because he was not part of the plan", he opined. It was also Pakistan's maiden Champions Trophy win. "Mine and Australian team's natural inclination is to bat first and try and get the score board pressure going", said Gilchrist, who is also Australia's education ambassador to India. But this was a day on which Pakistan were not to be derailed or denied.

It started on a wrong note when a attractive delivery from Jasprit Bumrah was nicked by an edgy Zaman only to be called no-ball due to overstepping.

HASAN MAKES HIS MARK: Meanwhile, Hasan Ali, the player of the tournament, nearly went unnoticed. Sarfraz hailed his young players.

India still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from the Pakistan fans made clear that the end was nigh.

According to a report in Indian Express, the men who belong to an age group 20 and 35, celebrated in Burhanpur district of Madhya Pradesh.

Gilchrist could only watch the toss of the final yesterday as he was flying in to New Delhi this morning but said the great Australian team of yesteryears would have preferred batting first. And in that realisation there may be a lesson for a euphoric nation.

Pandya was involved in a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and was run-out. However, they looked down and out when Shadab Khan (2-60) accounted for Yuvraj and Kedar Jadhav (9) while Hasan Ali (4) removed the key wicket of MS Dhoni (4).

UMPIRES: M. Erasmus (South Africa) and R.A. Kettleborough (England). Zaman was the man of the match in the final for his splendid century.

  • Joanne Flowers