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Sarfaraz proud as Fakhar and Hasan join him in Champions Trophy team

Sarfaraz proud as Fakhar and Hasan join him in Champions Trophy team

These two lads, plus Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here. Ask Jasprit Bumrah or for that reference Ravichandran Ashwin who will keep getting nightmares throughout their life for stepping an inch over the line.

Million of Indian hearts were broken last night after the crushing loss the Indian cricket team had faced against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy 2017 final.

After Kohli won the toss and, surprisingly, opted to field first, Pakistan posted an imposing total of 338 for four featuring Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global hundred, an innings where he might have been run out for one and was caught off a no-ball on three.

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".

Expressing his views on the Champions Trophy final, he said Muhammad Amir's four balls proved as a game changer in Indian batting.

In the current championship tournament against India at Edgbaston, Pakistan pacers and spinners looked blunt as India recovered from a slow start easily to post 319/3 in a revised 48 overs tie. "It's a final against India, so I just tried to enjoy the innings".

Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed's wards were up against a buoyant Sri Lanka fresh from their win against India, in a must-win match.




Virat Kohli, India's captain, at the toss opted to bowl first given the green surface.

"Pakistan team displayed quality cricket in the final and all the players rose to the occasion and achieved a collective cause of attaining glory", he said.

Waqar said the victory will help serve the cause of cricket at home where worldwide cricket is not being played for past years. With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities.

Batting sensation Fakhar Zaman, who thrashed Indian bowling with his quickfire hundred in the finale, has broken into the Top 100 batsmen for the first time after just four ODIs to his name. "I'm so happy. Eid came early for Pakistanis this year!" tweeted one fan.

Pakistan's victory by 180 runs on Sunday has sparked widespread celebrations in the country, where cricket is the number one sport.

India, playing for a record third Trophy title in a record fourth final, was then blown away for 158 in the 31st over.


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