A part of the failed campaign may have something to do with a few “what-if” moments.
This was Pakistan s largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005. “They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final”, Kohli said.
The left-hander failed to let the horror mix-up deter him – striking Ravindra Jadeja for six over long on and following up with a brace of boundaries as Pakistan raced up to 150 in the 26th over.
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.
Kohli, himself renowned for rising to the big occasion, admitted India had been outplayed.
Hasan Ali was responsible for taking the last Indian wicket, leaving the Blue Shirts with 158 runs from 30.3 overs.
The Golden Ball victor said it was his goal to become the best bowler after Pakistan’s tour of West Indies and noted his most memorable wicket was that of England skipper in the semi-final.
Hardik Pandya stood up with a 43-ball 76, but could not resurrect the chase by himself, and India’s inevitable end came in the 31st over.
Kohli accepted his side had been second best as he acknowledged Pakistan s “amazing tournament”.
Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India’s bowlers looked nervous.
Fakhar Zaman was the beneficiary of the Indian largesse and he ensured the Indian team paid the price for it, as much as for their wayward bowling.
Zaman got another life, and the Pakistan opener embraced it.
“The way the team fought back and the energy the youngsters brought I am so happy to see this happen”.
The momentum remained with Pakistan as Mohammad Hafeez pummelled three sixes and four fours, putting on an unbroken 71 with Imad Wasim (25no) who enjoyed a remarkable slice of luck when a delivery from Bumrah bounced forcefully off his wicket without dislodging a bail.
India’s star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had a return to forget, his 10 wicketless overs costing 70 runs.
Kanpur/Haridwar: Fans of Indian cricket team were clearly not pleased with India’s defeat at the Champions Trophy and the locals in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur and Uttarkhand’s Haridwar broke their TV sets and protested after Pakistan’s win.
But the run-out Pakistan s openers had threatened arrived when Fakhar s failure to respond to Azhar s call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance. Kohli, electing to field, would have expected a better show from his bowlers.
Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of worldwide 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. Pandya was the man who had to go and that was it for India. At the half-way point of their innings, Pakistan were 134 for one with Zaman and Babar Azam in the middle.