Pakistan played "perfect game" in CT win: Gilchrist

Doug Mendoza
June 21, 2017

The streets of Pakistan's cities lit up with celebrations Sunday night after the country's cricket team defied the odds to thrash rival India in the Champion's Trophy final in London.

Jalaluddin also praised Zaman's opening partner Azhar Ali.

His measured words, "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an awesome tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have", rang honest and true.

Mohammad Amir then reduced India to 33 for three by dismissing all the members of the title-holders' top three, with Rohit Sharma out for a duck and opposing skipper Virat Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, falling for just five. Chasing the hosts' 328 and with a solid platform laid by the openers, he produced a solitary run from his first 12 balls before suddenly attempting to tackle Michell Johnson's short ball, producing a top edge that Brad Haddin safely pouched.

The present crop of Pakistani cricketers may or may not care to know when their team last beat India.

There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.

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Over a day after that shambles of a final for India, the time is ripe for retrospection.

"The look on Kohli's face said everything. The runs given in the middle overs were too much", Harbhajan said. "His body language showed that he wanted to win the game", he said. Considering, India has one the best batting line ups, the fans should fasten their seat belts for a cracker of a match. Secondly, it was argued that the pitch was a batting paradise with no assistance to the bowlers.

Any thought of the unlikeliest of victories was snuffed out when Pandya was run out by the length of the pitch after a mix-up with Jadeja. Pakistan won by a whopping 180 runs margin, making it one of their biggest victories against India. His cameo ended after he made 76 runs in just 43 balls, which included 4 fours and 6 sixes. They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field, as well.

Before their World Cup clash in 2015, the ad "Mauka Mauka", pointing out India's victories against Pakistan throughout the tournament's history, played constantly. All-rounders Ben Stokes and Moen Ali are doing good with both bat and ball.

Kanpur/Haridwar: Fans of Indian cricket team were clearly not pleased with India's defeat at the Champions Trophy and the locals in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur and Uttarkhand's Haridwar broke their TV sets and protested after Pakistan's win. "So, hopefully, this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all [cricket] playing nations will come to Pakistan", the Dawn quoted Sarfraz, as saying.

There were no other changes in the teams standings led by South Africa, although India, England and Bangladesh have all lost a point each.

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