Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Kohli

It was only on June 4 that India launched their Champions Trophy title defence with a thumping 124-run win over Pakistan at Edgbaston.

After Kohli won the toss and, surprisingly, opted to field first, Pakistan posted an imposing total of 338 for four featuring Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred, an innings where he might have been run out for one and was caught off a no-ball on three.

Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan's team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India on Sunday.

Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan's first Champions Trophy win.

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. Boys you made us happy & proud. "It shows that the top teams in the world are very close and anyone can be beaten on a given day", he added.

"We just had to keep believing. they kept on believing, trusting their roles (and) trusting the game-plan that "Saffy" (Sarfraz) and I had set up", said Arthur for whom this was a first major tournament success after spells in charge of both his native South Africa and Australia.

"The biggest thing on display today is @TheRealPCB's heart".

The side include seven players from the two finalists - India & Pakistan. "All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard", the Pakistan captain said.

"The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give opportunities to more teams".

For India, Bhuvneshwar Kumar shined with the ball.

Hussey also praised Pakistani bowlers and opening batsman Fakhar Zaman for their brilliant performances.

The problem was Fakhar wasn't showing the slightest inclination to take the single, and Azhar was watching the ball and not his partner.

Former captain MS Dhoni had rescued India from many a dire position in his long career.

Pakistan, who had lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments and started this event the lowest ranked of the eight teams involved, were now on the brink of a sensational win. "Hardik Pandya struck huge sixes because he was not part of the plan", he opined. He ended up with a knock of 76 runs off 43 balls.

If left-handed opener Fakhar rode his luck at times, he also produced an array of superb shots, notably in a first-wicket stand of 128 with Azhar Ali.

  • Joanne Flowers