Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy win will bring global cricket to Pak

Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy win will bring global cricket to Pak

Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy win will bring global cricket to Pak

Pakistan, due to security reasons, currently can't host worldwide cricket, but is now the ICC Champions Trophy holder, a feat that has far-reaching implications.

They defeated Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia in the league stage.On the other hand Pakistan lost their first match against India their arch-rivals, won their second fixture against South Africa in a rain curtailed game and their third victory came against Sri Lanka when they nearly made a mess of a small chase.

Seam bowlers Mohammad Amir and Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country's first appearance in the final of the limited-overs tournament which is regarded as a mini-World Cup. We don't want Pakistan to go the same way, do we? 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.

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first global century. The previous highest was registered by Australia when they thrashed India by 125 runs in the 2003 World Cup final in Johannesburg.

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Virat Kohli, India's captain, at the toss opted to bowl first given the green surface. "With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities".

Pakistan piled up an impressive 338 for four after being put in to bat and India's much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir.

"We're scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games", he said. "Hopefully, we can post more than 300", Sarfraz said.

A wild swipe at Pandya eventually brought an end to Fakhar's thrilling 106-ball knock, but Babar and Hafeez built on the fine platform that had been set, the latter hitting three sixes in a wonderful late cameo. He said, "They really had a great performance". The team was ranked at a lowly No 8 in One Day Internationals and had already been defeated by India in an earlier game in the tournament.

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Television footage showed supporters chanting "Pakistan Zindabad" (Long live Pakistan) when four of the team entered the public area. "Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the final but today we were outplayed in all departments". Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management. He heard the ball pouched behind him and knew he was dismissed before he'd really got started in the biggest cricket match of his life.

Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession. This is a young talented group that will get many more chances to add several chapters of glory in time to come.

"We can be very proud of that as a unit, we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".

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