Pakistan move closer to direct qualification for 2019 World Cup

Pakistan gained four points to move to 95 points as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semi- final victory over England.

Fakhar Zaman’s maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan’s formidable total of 338-4.

“Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets. and I did it”, he said.

The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side on Sunday came out on top with a commendable all-round performance as they defeated India by huge 180 runs at The Oval to emerge victorious.

Only Zimbabwe have visited Pakistan since a 2009 attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore which prompted all other major teams to call off tours.

Arthur hopes that this win be a boost for Pakistan cricket. You talk about our players not playing at home but also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don’t see worldwide cricket.

But Shah says cricket is also a great unifier, bringing Indians and Pakistanis closer together.

Arthur for one was looking forward to the series.

Under the influential captaincy of Sarfraz, Pakistan Colts team humbled India at the SSC in Colombo to clinch the 2006 U-19 World Cup title. “We can only hope”.

Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

Pakistan champion, rolled over Indian team“, leading Urdu language Daily Jang printed across its front page.

Eoin Morgan’s side were knocked out of the recent Champions Trophy at the semi-final stage by eventual winners Pakistan.

“When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions”, said the 30-year-old gloveman. Kohli said as much, saying “They had to earn their win”.

Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord’s, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.

The player of the match was, quite correctly, awarded to Pakistani batsman, Fakhar Zaman.

Kohli, himself renowned for rising to the big occasion, admitted India had been outplayed.

“They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today”. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well.

Hasan Ali picked up the award for man of the tournament with his 13 wickets, including three in India’s collapse, and the victory was cathartic for Amir in particular after he spent five years banned from the sport for his role in the 2010 spot-fixing scandal at Lord’s.