Sarfraz hopes lifting of coveted trophy ends Pakistan exile

ICC to ponder future of Champions Trophy

Mohammad Amir picked up three early wickets, dismissing Rohit Sharma, who fell on a three-ball duck, India's Captain Virat Kohli, who could just manage to make five runs and Shikhar Dhawan, who trudged off with 21, leaving India at 33 for 3.

"You can expect anything from only one cricket team in the world and that is Pakistan", Ali Abbas Mandosarwala, who was at the centre with his wife, two sons and a daughter, said as India was bowled out for 158 and lost the final by a margin of 180 runs.

India had thrashed Pakistani side by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

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.

Pakistan, ominously made to bat first - the team batting first lost six of the seven previous finals - racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar helped to run out on 59. It's disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because I'm very proud of how we've played in this tournament.

Then he sang a victory jingle about Pakistan's breathtaking win and prompted the crowd with chants of "Long live Pakistan" before finally retiring back inside.

When one looks at Pakistan's path to victory in the Champions Trophy 2017, there are similarities with how they achieved glory for the first time in the 1992 World Cup.

In the semi-final against England, Zaman scored a run a ball 57 and shared a 118 run opening stand with Ali to help Pakistan chase down 212 comfortably.

"When players 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", said Kohli.

"The stars aligned for Pakistan on a bright Sunday in South London when they cut their old rivals down to size to win their maiden Champions Trophy crown", The News said.

India were strong favourites after beating Pakistan easily during the group stages but captain Kohli said luck was not on their side.

India skipper Virat Kohli continued to top the ODI batsmen's list followed by Australia's David Warner, South Africa's AB de Villiers and England's Joe Root.

Then one ball after Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan.

Richardson said: "It's never wise to try and make a call too early, but certainly the applications of both are very well founded".

The opening pair put on 128 runs before Azhar Ali was run out for 59 runs. "As much as we enjoy the rivalry, we do tend to realize we have so much in common, and it's a shame to fight over things and throw away this great camaraderie, and this great brother and sisterhood that we have".

"We hope so. We're scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games".



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