“Pakistan, meanwhile, has a team that can develop into one of the top three teams by the time the 2019 World Cup is played in England”.
On Sunday, Pakistan outclassed traditional rivals India by a mammoth 180-run margin to lift the title at The Oval, prompting Afridi to say that Pakistan cricket is back on track, especially after narrowly managing to qualify as the lowest-ranked side in the eight-team Champions Trophy.
Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London’s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord’s, finished with three for 16.
All the boys were confident and they contributed for the superb victory, he said and added that each one of them played for the team not for themselves individually.
Pakistan, which won the 1992 World Cup, has played as a team in exile since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.
In India nearly all print media went easy on Kohli and his team, crediting Pakistan’s performance though the front-page of the Hindustan Times screamed “Obliterated at the Oval: India humiliated by Pak”. India also advanced to the 2000 Champions Trophy final, but lost to New Zealand. “However, our batting and bowling were up to the task today”, he concluded.
Pakistanis went wild Sunday after a surprise sporting triumph over its archrival, India. “I have never tried my hand in it but they are pretty good, so they will be fine”, Kohli said. “And the players nearly drove that conversation, which for us was very new, but also showed a maturity, and the way they turned it around was unbelievable”, Arthur said.
Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind. Pakistan made sure it did not turn out to be a costly mistake, though, as Amir dismissed him with the next ball.
The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.
With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.
Pakistani cricket fans cheer as they watch on screen the Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India, on June 18, 2017.
Despite Hardik Pandya’s 76 from 43 deliveries down the order, India could not rebuild after Amir’s brilliance, and were beaten by 180 runs. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end.
Pakistan had some early luck but built on it with aggressive cricket to outclass India.
He would have been run out for one if Kedar Jadhav’s throw from cover had hit and he was caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball on three.