Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings

Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings

Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings

Pakistan were 200-2 after Fakhar Zaman's attempt at a boundary was thwarted by Jadeja in the high-octane final of the ICC Champions Trophy.

Though Fakhar had illuminated The Oval, there was a suspicion that Pakistan's total was within reach of India's stellar batting.

It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first worldwide century before falling for 114.

Former South African captain Graeme Smith commended Pakistan's batting performance in their 180-run win over India in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

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Pakistan, once a cricketing powerhouse, has watched its world ranking slide as top teams have refused to tour the conflict-prone country, forcing the home side to play all global matches overseas.

Pakistan did not put a foot wrong in London and dominated the the title match from the word go even after they lost the toss and put into bat.

Middle-order batsman Mohammad Hafeez then joined Azam but this time the Pakistani duo failed to click as India skipper Virat Kohli's ploy to bring back spinner Jadhav clicked.

He then got the prize wicket of Virat Kohli in his next over before having the tournament's top run scorer Shikhar Dhawan caught behind for 21, to reduce his opponents to 33-3. "We want to be more consistent as a team".

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It was built on a tremendous stand for the opening wicket - with India's first breakthrough not until the 23rd over when Pakistan had already amassed 128 runs. Ashwin and Jadeja got a pounding from Zaman, who would clear his front leg and muscle the deliveries through on-side, occasionally hitting the inside out shot through extra cover.

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical 1-44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls - almost three extra overs. And not only for the players but also for the fans, who have not been able to identify with their heroes, because they just don't get to watch worldwide cricket at home. Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management.

The country has a tradition of producing exciting fast bowling talent and 25-year-old Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan, 27, can be expected to spearhead the pace attack at the next World Cup. They are a team with a fine leader playing great cricket.

Maj. Gen. Ghafoor also posted a video showing people in Srinagar purportedly celebrating Pakistan's victory over India.

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