A section of Indian cricket fans reacted to Pakistan’s convincing victory over India in the final of the Champions Trophy on Sunday by smashing television sets in protest but the Indian captain was sporting in defeat, congratulating the Pakistani side for its performance and acknowledging that the Indian team would have to learn from its mistakes and move on.
Title-holders India, who thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs in their opening group match, were unchanged from the side that hammered Bangladesh by nine wickets in Thursday’s semi-final at Birmingham’s Edgbaston.
Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan’s first Champions Trophy win with 19.3 overs to spare. Opener Fakhar Zaman, playing only his fourth One Day International, mixed fearlessness with sensibility and smashed 114 from just 106 balls to help his team post a mammoth 338 on board.
In the western city of Quetta, thousands chanted “Pakistan Zindabad”, meaning “long live Pakistan”, while vendors distributed candies.
He trapped Rohit Sharma leg before wicket for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five.
Mohammad Hafeez made an unbeaten 57 from 37 balls and Babar Azam 46 from 52, but India’s canny death bowling seemed to have kept them in contention.
The powerful all-rounder also hit Fakhar for back-to-back sixes, but a mix-up between the wickets with Jadeja cut short the most absorbing of counter-attacks and the end was not long in coming thereafter.
To add insult to injury, India bowled 13 wides and three no-balls in what was a woeful day for all, save Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/44 in 10 overs).
“We want to be a little more consistent as a team“, coach Mickey Arthur said. Zaman and Azhar were ready to use their feet and with no turn on offer whipped them on all parts of the ground easily.
“Credit goes to my boys”. Fakhar and Amir were brilliant.
Arthur said the focus now shifts to 2019 World Cup.
Fireworks and jubilatory volleys of gunfire echoed around major cities as traffic ground to a halt, and young men danced to the beat of drums following their team’s 180-run victory in the match at The Oval in London.
Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Twitter: “Congratulations to the Pakistan team and the whole country for such a great win”.