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Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of Pakistan HWL clash

Kohli wishes Indian hockey team ahead of Pakistan HWL clash

Pakistan inflicted a massive 180-run defeat upon title-holder and favorite India at the Oval in London on Sunday to win the tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide nations.

India captain Virat Kohli could do little more than praise an opponent who did everything right on the day, reported the ICC. As Virender Sehwag and others were confident of their team's win even before the match and were already tweeting about it being Father's day and that Pakistan being the son will give their father a gift.

Zaman's score of 114 ─ his maiden ODI century ─ is the fourth highest by a Pakistani batsman in a World Cup or Champions Trophy match, and the first 100 for Pakistan in a final of either series.

Mohammad Amir, who did not play in the semis, produced a brilliant spell of pace bowling and took the price scalps of the top three Indian batsmen to leave the Men in Blue at bay. Dhoni had an apt and sensible answer to it as he said that India will lose to Pakistan whether it is after one year, 5 years, 10 years, or more years to come.

Former ICC president Zaheer Abbas, said on Monday that Pakistan had paid back in the same coin to India in Champions trophy final as latter had done in a pool match on June 4, 2017.

"I don't see any relevance of the first game here because you can never tell how a particular team starts a tournament".




"I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters", he said.

So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over, huge cheers erupted around the arena. And look we are here today.

When asked about the preparation and the team's approach about the much-hyped match, Kohli said, "We have not spoken about the game in any different way". From Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Ali and Shadab Khan, Pakistan has shown the world its rich talent and pedigree. Earlier, it was Hasan Ali's three wicket haul that dented England's momentum and restricted them to 211 runs after they were inserted into batting first. "Now we are the champions, so hopefully this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all playing nations is coming to Pakistan".

"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the ideal icing on the cake", Sarfraz said in an International Cricket Council statement. You know, we knew the caliber of players we had.

"We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".


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