Amidst the heated exchanges on social media as Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team gear up for the ICC Champions Trophy final, the picture of MS Dhoni holding Sarfraz Ahmed’s son brought fans from both sides together to enjoy the spirit of the game, reported The Hindustan Times.
India, for all the strength of a top-order featuring skipper Virat Kohli, the world’s top-ranked ODI batsman, had much to do against one of the best bowling attacks in this eight-team tournament if they were to retain their title.
Fakhar endured a torrid time at the start of his innings and was caught behind for three off Jasprit Bumrah, only to earn a reprieve due to the bowler over-stepping. The match turned out to be one of the most nightmarish under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.
Fakhar makes a confident 31 on ODI debut and Pakistan are well ahead of where they need to be, at 119 for three off 27 overs, when rain sees them win under the Duckworth/Lewis rule. Team was in a dilapidated condition, literally, and its massive loss to India in its first match of the tournament only stamped that.
Sarfraz Ahmed and Co. brutally beat India by 180 runs and became the new defending champions of this world tournament.
“When players like that get going on their day, it becomes real hard to stop them because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off”, said Kohli. Pakistan are the champions, Sarfraz lifts the trophy, they are in white blazers, blazers that fit so badly that you know the tailor never expected this bunch of players to be wearing them at the end of the tournament.
India lost its first wicket in the first over itself.
Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India’s bowlers looked nervous. They not only failed to take wickets but also couldn’t stop Pakistan’s run flow.
Pakistan: 338/4 in 50 overs (Azhar 59, Zaman 114, Babar 46, Malik 12, Hafeez 57, Wasim 25; Bhvneshwar 1/44, Bumrah 0/68, Ashwin 0/70, Pandya 1/53, Jadeja 0/67, Jadhav 1/27).
Even for a side that is routinely unpredictable, even for a team with a long history of starting slowly then making a white-hot charge through a tournament, what Pakistan have pulled off at the 2017 Champions Trophy is some diamond-studded, galactic-scale nonsense. Pakistan’s margin of victory is their biggest by runs in 129 ODIs against India.