Captain Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan's exile

Captain Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan's exile

Captain Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan's exile

The victory ends India's hopes of becoming the first team to capture the title three times.

A Fakhar Zaman special and a mesmeric opening spell from Mohammad Amir helped Pakistan stun India in the finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy at The Oval.

They were all out for 158 in 30.3 overs.

Mohammad Amir then reduced India to 33 for three by dismissing all the members of their much vaunted top three, with Rohit Sharma out for a duck and opposing skipper Virat Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, falling for just five.

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The next over, Dhoni top-edged a pull off Hasan to deep square leg and, at 54-5, Indian fans began to leave in droves.

On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

India, on the other hand, who played to their potential throughout the tournament, were struggling against the disciplined Pakistani batting lineup and failed to utilise the conditions completely.

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But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a huge mix-up with Jadeja saw the all-rounder, to his evident fury, run out for 76. After he was gone at 152, India managed only six more runs and survived for only 24 more balls.

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Kohli escaped a dropped catch at slip in Amir's next over, only to be athletically captured at point by 18-year old Shadab Khan the very next ball.

After a 120-run loss to India at Edgbaston in the qualifying round, they went on to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and then India in the final.

Unperturbed by the fall of Azhar's wicket, Zaman, who was given a lifeline at three runs by pacer Jasprit Bumrah, continued his attack and displayed some quality strokes around the ground to enthrall the crowd. The left-hander was literally brutal as he smashed 12 fours and 3 massive sixes during the course of the innings.

Akram, who played a crucial role in their sucessful 1992 World Cup campaign-including a hat-trick against England in the final- also praised the team for their performance. After adding 20 runs for the fourth wicket with Hafeez, Azam was caught by Yuvraj Singh at the boundary in the 43th over.

Former New Zealand captain and swashbuckling batsman Brendon McCullum said: "Brilliant from Pakistan!".

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Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn't resist Amir's persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a "not out" lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India's hopes were fading fast at 54-4.

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