They never recovered and eventually limped to 158 all out as Pakistan, conquerors of England in the semi-final, sealed their first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup. However, the finals saw a dominant Pakistan playing strongly since the start. Following the victory, Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed made a plea to other nations to play global cricket in the country.
The former captain told Sky Sports 2: “It’s a great, great team effort from where we came from because we knew after losing the first game, we were nowhere”. Then we like chasing.
The only change India made after the opening 124-run win over Pakistan was to play offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin instead of medium-pacer Umesh Yadav.
Pakistan have lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council events but Sarfraz said: “I am proud of my boys: we were ranked number eight and today, we have nothing to lose”.
“The whole group kept believing”.
“We’re scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games”, he said. So to dust ourselves off and come back from that has been a remarkable achievement. Zaman was caught behind early in the innings off Jasprit Bumrah but survived as the latter bowled a no-ball.
In only his fourth one-day worldwide at the age of 27, after his debut just 11 days ago, Fakhar overcame his nervy start to unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century. He eventually departed for 114.
Ghafoor also posted a video showing people in Srinagar purportedly celebrating Pakistan’s victory over India. But that was far from the case.
Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India’s bowlers looked nervous.
India won the toss and chose to field first in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.
When teenage leg-spinner Shadab then struck in his first over via DRS, hitting Yuvraj Singh pad before bat, and MS Dhoni pulled Hasan Ali (three for 19) for a tumbling catch in the deep, India were washed up at 54 for five – and there was no realistic way back.
Meanwhile, assuring that India will be neither intimidated nor arrogant when they face Pakistan in Champions Trophy final, Indian skipper Virat Kohli asserted that there were no favourites in the much-awaited clash.