Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Kohli

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Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year's edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide television audience of millions watching the stunning final.

Seam bowlers Mohammad Amir and Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country's first appearance in the final of the limited-overs tournament which is regarded as a mini-World Cup. They had wins here and there with the 2009 T20 World Cup success being their only ICC trophy since the 1992 World Cup.

Smith said in the column that it was impressive the way Pakistan ensured that any "scars" from their previous match in the tournament against India, which ended in a 124-run defeat.

For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each.

A remarkable story of resurgence then came about, with Sarfraz Ahmed's young team rallying to reach the summit, and conquer it.

Mohammad Amir's average against Rohit Sharma in global matches.

The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable.

The Daily Dawn noted Amir's three wickets in his opening spell, which included the key wicket of Virat Kohli, while describing Fakhar's century in only his fourth ODI as scintillating.

But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja saw him run out for 76.

By the time Pandya was run out in the 27th over following a frightful mix-up, the match was as good as done and dusted.

The victory, and its relative ease over an India team that not only had got the better of Pakistan in one-day matches for the past decade, winning 12 and losing only eight - and winning four of the last five since 2013 - stunned cricket fans and experts, especially coming from a Pakistan team that has played only one worldwide series in its home country since a 2009 terrorist attack forced them to adopt the United Arab Emirates as their home turf.

"At this stage, the next Champions Trophy is still scheduled for India in 2021".

The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease. They played the ball according to its merit and made full use of the conditions despite losing the toss.

The Indian captain had come into the match with an astonishing batting average of 253 runs in this year's tournament, having been dismissed only once in four matches. A total of 350 was on cards at that point and the fact that the Indian bowlers denied that to Pakistan can be no consolation for Kohli. It changed the course of the game for one more time. Soon, Zaman completed his century in 92 balls through a sweep at the square leg.

It took some time but Pakistan managed to get back up on its feet with Misbah at the helm. The left-hander was literally brutal as he smashed 12 fours and 3 massive sixes during the course of the innings. "Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket".

"We have subsequently booked the accused for sedition and criminal conspiracy under sections 124A and 120B of the IPC", he added.

Since the turn of the millennium we have only seen one-sided matches in ICC events with India emerging victorious. His 52-ball knock comprised of four boundaries. "Hopefully, we can post more than 300", Sarfraz said.



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