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Sarfraz Ahmed: Pakistan captain mobbed at home by jubilant fans

Sarfraz Ahmed: Pakistan captain mobbed at home by jubilant fans

The victory was splashed across most major newspapers, with leading English daily Dawn proclaiming: "Pakistan breaks jinx, trounce India in dream final". This is the least we could do, " said Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez.

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 worldwide hundred, an innings where he might have been run out for one and was caught off a no-ball on three.

On Sunday evening, the subcontinent was glued to its television sets as India took on Pakistan in the finals of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament being played at the Oval in London.

Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja. We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today.

It's described as one of the greatest rivalries in any sport, a match that stops the nations, but few expected the latest clash to end like this.

Zaman meanwhile will go down in Pakistan cricketing history as the player who scored 114 runs against India in the final of an ICC world event.

Kohli only had praise for the 23-year-old who stood up against the fierce Pakistani bowlers and clobbered them all around the park - something none of the top order batsmen could do.

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"Hopefully this win, everyone will remember, not just for today, not just for tomorrow, but for a very long, long time", added the wicket-keeper/batsman. They then included Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali in the first team and went on to defeat South Africa and Sri Lanka to secure a place in the semi-finals.

He appreciated collective team efforts for the scintillating win, adding that Pakistan Young guns proved their mettle.

Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind. "I am confident that the faith and trust of the Pakistan cricket team will be strengthened with this performance of the side", Sarfraz said.

"We certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn't have anything going our way in that partnership".

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.

"The way they turned things around for themselves speaks volumes of the talent that they have in their side".


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