Pakistan win Champions Trophy

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2017

To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

Virat Kohli along with three Indians were named in the ICC Team of the Champions Trophy 2017, with Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed named its captain, a day after his side lifted the coveted title at the Kennington Oval.

Amir and Hasan Ali's three wickets each guided Pakistan to bowl out India for just 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

Lose to India by 124 runs- Pakistan are completely outplayed in what coach Mickey Arthur calls a "shambolic" display as India pile up 319 for three before dismissing their old foes for just 164 in a rain-marred match.

Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of global cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds.

Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.

"The way he batted today and the way he bowled and the way he fielded, that's exactly why we back him, because he can be the match-winner for us in situations where the team is in trouble", said Kohli.

"But the thing about that [initial] loss, and I think we clarified it at that time, was we knew that was an aberration".

Victories against higher-ranked sides saw Pakistan move up two places to sixth in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings, putting them on course to qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup in England.

In a match which saw Virat Kohli and his boys fail miserably in all three departments of fielding, bowling and batting, it was Hardik Pandya who nearly spearheaded a resurgence by scoring the fastest half-century in the history of ICC tournaments finals, even beating Adam Gilchrist's record.

Fakhar was picked as Dhawan's opening partner after he aggregated 252 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 113, with scores of 31 against South Africa, 50 against Sri Lanka, 57 against England in the semi-final and 114 against India in the final. Fakhar Zaman's innings and Hassan Ali's spell with the ball played crucial roles in the win.

Pandya scripted the fastest half-century in a world One-Day International (ODI) final, reaching the landmark in 32 deliveries with three consecutive sixes off leg-spinner Shadab Khan.

Arthur said: "I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight - they deserve it".

The bowling lineup was led by Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 13 wickets, and his team mate Junaid Khan.

"Today was the day when Mohammad Amir had to rise and perhaps redeem himself for good".

For his consistent performance over the week and leading Pakistan to their maiden ICC Champions Trophy triumph, Pakistan opening batsman Fakhar Zaman is the Cricket World Player of the Week.

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