Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur hails revenge over India for Edgbaston 'aberration'

Cornelia Mascio
Giugno 19, 2017

A 128-run opening partnership between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali set the mood for the first inning, with Azhar and Muhammad Hafeez both racking up half centuries, whereas Fakhar smashed 114 off 106 deliveries, and Babar Azam scored a solid 46 off 52.

He reached his century off 92 balls by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin for four and launched the spinner for six in his next over before aiming a huge blow off Hardik Pandya to leg only to top-edge into the off-side - ending a 72-run stand with Babar Azam.

What a difference two weeks have made, though, Fakhar 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.

India eventually limped to 158, Pakistan winning by 180 runs to take their first global 50-over title since 1992.

A pushed-drive down the ground for four seemed to settle Fakhar's nerves and he had the ideal foil in the more experienced Azhar, who posted his best ODI score against India.

However, from the very next ball, Kohli was squared up and athletically held at point by Shadab Khan, before Shikhar Dhawan edged behind.

But Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez's 57 not out, including three sixes, left India, for all their batting strength, with a stiff chase against one of the best bowling attacks in this eight-team tournament.

In-form Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni have also helped their side look capable enough of chasing any target.

Their defence of the title they won in England in 2013 foundered against the team who began the campaign ranked below all other competing nations at eighth, and lived up to that billing in an opening group match in which they lost to their greatest rivals by 124 runs.

As it turned out, Pakistan had far too many for them.

"Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis are two of the all-time greats but Amir is showing he has the same potential".

Head-to-head, the record is in favour of India against Pakistan in all ICC tournaments. Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well. It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us.

Imad Wasim - "It's unbelievable (feeling)".

For once, the Pakistan middle order didn't waste the great start. "Up and above from here!" They then went on to beat South Africa, Sri Lanka and tournament favourites England to reach the final where an all-round performance saw them overwhelm Virat Kohli's Team India. They deserve to win.

They had an wonderful tournament.

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