Virat Kohli-led India look to continue dominant run against West Indies
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 2:00
"This is one victory that Pakistan fans will remember for long".
Two mainstream newspapers, Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader had a similar headline.
The Rising Kashmir had a headline on the front page, "Crackers go off as Pak pulls off stunning win over India".
In fact, Pakistan has never defeated India in a Cricket World Cup or T20 World Cup match - but the Men in Green have had better success in the Champions Trophy against their arch-rivals, splitting four meetings before Pakistan took the upper hand by winning on Sunday.
"Great team effort! After losing the first game, we were nowhere", all-rounder Mohamed Hafeez told the official broadcasters after the team's 180-run win over India.
Andrew Strauss feels England continue to make "significant strides" in 50-over cricket despite his disappointment at their Champions Trophy semi-final defeat.
Sagakkara also said that India's chase was off-colour right from the start and felt that the Indian batsmen played on the backfoot.
Earlier, it was Hasan Ali's three wicket haul that dented England's momentum and restricted them to 211 runs after they were inserted into batting first. "They can upset anyone on their day", said Kohli in the post-match presentation ceremony.
Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.
"Pakistan break jinx, trounce India in dream final", the Dawn proclaimed in its lead story.
"When players (Fakhar Zaman) like that get going on their day, it becomes really hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk - and they were all coming off".
During the match and following India s defeat, Pakistani fans wasted no time in getting back at Rishi Kapoor. "Fakhar Zaman, Azhar Ali would not have had this much recognition if they had scored it against somebody else", the former Pakistan wicketkeeper added.
In another tweet, he said, "Valiant soldiers of Pakistan congrat Team Pak & Nation".
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal (293 runs), whose fine run in the tournament helped his side reach the semis, will slot in at No. 3, with the two mainstays of their respective batting line-ups - Virat Kohli (258 runs) and Joe Root (258 runs), taking up the next two slots in the line-up.