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Kohli, Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Make ICC Champions Trophy Team

Kohli, Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Make ICC Champions Trophy Team

Sarfraz said, "I think this is a great achievement for me, my team and my country".

"They motivated us", explained Sarraz, also Pakistan's captain when they beat India in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup final in Colombo.

Wicketkeeper/batsman Sarfraz was one of four Pakistan players in the team of the tournament, along with opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, who made a brilliant hundred in the final, and pace bowlers Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan.

JUBILANT photographs of Pakistan cricket fans dancing in the streets were plastered all over national newspapers yesterday after their eighth-ranked team produced a thrilling win against arch-rival India in the Champions Trophy final.

After being reduced to 33-3 and then 72-6, India were never really in the contest despite a fighting 43-ball 76 from Hardik Pandya.

"They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today".

"I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan", said Sarfraz, who will now look to lead Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup in England as well.

Pakistan, on the other hand, have also lived up to their "unpredictable" standards, with their comprehensive wins over South Africa and Sri Lanka after the first game debacle against Kohli & Co.

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The Men in Blue have won all three of their previous matches against Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments to date and it is but obvious that they would start going into the finals as favourites. Amir today. Hasan Ali throughout the tournament.

Actor Ranveer Singh, who was among those who tweeted ball by ball updates of the match, tweeted, "Proud of you boys!"

He dismissed Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

Fakhar Zaman hit a maiden one-day worldwide century to set up a thrilling victory against India, who had been strong favourites to lift a second successive title.

The opening pair broke two records ─ one for the best score posted by Pakistani openers against India in an ICC tournament (86 runs), and the second for the best partnership against India in an ICC tournament when 100 came up for Pakistan in the 18th over.

India had three players, batsmen Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, together with seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, in the ICC team. All bowlers. This is a young team.

Hasan Ali matched Amir's three, taking the wickets of MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and JJ Bumrah.


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