Jubilance in IOK over Pakistan's victory against India
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 20, 2017,
Jun 20, 2017, 18:00
They were written off again after their first match, a humbling 124-run loss to India.
Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.
What a difference two weeks have made, though, Fakhar, pictured, delivering at every attempt after being brought in for his debut at the age of 27 and Amir's pace and swing proving too good here for Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan - who could add only 26 runs between them to the 895 they had made over the previous four matches.
Opener Fakhar Zaman, playing only his fourth One Day International, mixed fearlessness with sensibility and smashed 114 from just 106 balls to help his team post a mammoth 338 on board. Alongside a photo of the hockey team, the paper featured an image of Kidambi Srikanth, who won the Indonesia Superseries Premier badminton tournament earlier in the day.
Another former skipper Shahid Afridi said the performance will be "remembered long by both Indian and Pakistani fans'".
Amir's redemption from the match-fixing scandal of 2010 now seems complete, the turnaround from three months in prison in 2011 to yesterday's hero sealed with his part in Pakistan's first 50-overs trophy since Imran Khan's Cornered Tigers in the World Cup 25 years ago.
Pakistan has gained four points to move to 95 points as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semi-final victory over England.
He said he hoped the win would nourish passionate fans starved of watching their team play at home.
Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawan's opening partner after the younger player aggregated 252 runs in four matches at an impressive strike-rate of 113.
India continued to lose wickets at the regular intervals.
Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well.
He was caught behind off Bumrah on three but replays showed the paceman had bowled a no-ball.
The opening pair put on 128 runs before Azhar Ali was run out for 59 runs.
"I'm sure we'll see the lessons they players learned in this competition taken forward to the World Cup in two years' time".
"They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today". "As much as we enjoy the rivalry, we do tend to realize we have so much in common, and it's a shame to fight over things and throw away this great camaraderie, and this great brother and sisterhood that we have".
"In the end. you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition".