Pakistan army mocks India after Champions Trophy victory

Pauline Gross
June 20, 2017

(Web Desk) - Yesterday was the much-anticipated ICC Champions Trophy Final between archrivals Pakistan and India.

Three persons have been arrested in connection with a betting racket during the India-Pakistan Champions Trophy final match, the Delhi Police said on Monday. Four players from champions Pakistan made it to the team and Sarfraz Ahmed was named the captain.

They dropped Ahmed Shehzad for ODI debutant Fakhar Zaman, started the bowling attack with two seam bowlers, Mohammad Hafeez was given a ball and the team transformed. The game commenced and, as anticipated, Indians beat Pakistan by 124 runs.

"It's always a bad feeling when you get out or the batting doesn't work collectively and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way", said the top-ranked one-day batsman.

".top teams in the world are very close and anyone can be beaten on a given day".

Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London's Oval on Sunday to inflict a 180-run defeat upon arch rivals India, the title-holders, in the climax of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day global nations.

When quizzed had Mahendra Singh Dhoni been the captain of the current Indian side then the situation would have been quite different, Gilchrist said that the issue about who should lead India had ended a long time ago.

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Instead, those who gathered at the religious centre in Rawalpindi delayed the food in order to watch Pakistan's historic win over India at the Champions Trophy on a giant TV screen.

Fast bowlers Junaid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hassan shared 28 wickets between them in the tournament, while wrist-spinner Rashid finished with seven wickets with an economy rate of 4.73.

"You can expect anything from only one cricket team in the world and that is Pakistan", Ali Abbas Mandosarwala, who was at the centre with his wife, two sons and a daughter, said as India was bowled out for 158 and lost the final by a margin of 180 runs.

Commenting on the celebrations after the triumph at The Oval, Afridi said it took him back to 2009 when Pakistan lifted the World T20 title. This, after he had missed the first game.

He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw 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. Letting him be your match-winner, and preparing for the perils of such a high stakes' player could be the only way.

Pakistani cricket never has been famous for its strategy, organisation or cohesion. India will play about 50-55 ODIs before the 2019 World Cup. But the International Cricket Council are planning to send a World XI to play in Pakistan in September.

"With a 10-team World Cup we're hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole".

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