“I’m disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I’m proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall”.
Fakhar Zaman’s thrilling ton and Mohammad Amir’s three dismissals of India’s top order led Pakistan to a stunning 180-run victory against their arch-rivals in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.
The president also felicitated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and team management.
“Hume to apno ne loota, gairo me kahan dum tha (We were looted by one of us, why blame others).” he wrote in his tweet that caught everyone’s eye, however, it was deleted afterwards.
“Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman”.
“Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets-and I did it”, he said. It had won the ICC World Twenty20 England 2009, and as such, has become only the fourth side after India, Sri Lanka and the West Indies to win all the three ICC majors.
Babar Azam has reached a career-best fifth position after gaining three positions with scores of 46 in the final and 30 not out in the semifinal.
Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.
We hope that the combination of the aggressive Virat Kohli and the ex-captain cool’s calm will help India lift the mini world cup.
Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has hailed Pakistan’s opening batsman Fakhar Zaman and pacer Mohammad Aamer‘s heroic performance in their victory over India in the Champions trophy final here.
Their hopes now rested largely on the shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.
India lost their last four wickets for the addition of only six runs.
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. “The whole group kept believing, we knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India“.
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.