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Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan exile

19 Juin 2017

Mickey Arthur hailed Pakistan's turnaround from their opening ICC Champions Trophy defeat to India as "remarkable" after they clinched the title with a stunning victory over the same opposition in Sunday's final.

However, India skipper Virat Kohli expressed disappointment after losing against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final but said that his team has just lost a game of cricket against a side which outplayed them.

He ran out his fellow opener Azhar Ali while he was ball-watching after they'd made a record 128 but he shrugged that off too to earn his maiden century for Pakistan, in only his fourth one-day worldwide, 11 days after his debut.

They were eventually dismissed for 158, with 19.3 overs to spare.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord's, was superb.

To remove three of the tournament's in-form batsmen - Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan - in the blink of an eye was special in its own right. "It's a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us".

Not many treat an India vs Pakistan match as a game, it's more like a war where you can't lose. I have no regrets in playing the combination that I played today. They batted really well today.

Riding on Zaman's maiden's century Pakistan pulled off an upset victory over India in ICC Champions Trophy final.

"So you can only do so much, as I said, as a bowler and as a captain when that is happening".

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Kohli accepted his side had been second best as he acknowledged Pakistan s "amazing tournament".

"We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day".

Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with a superb inswinger.

Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said: "It's a great team effort".

Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76, reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out.

Fakhar left to a standing ovation and handed the baton to Babar, who saw Shoaib Malik hole out off the economical Bhuvneshwar Kumar before failing to clear the rope himself, caught off Kedar Jadhav at long off.

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years.

But the run-out Pakistan's openers had pair had threatened arrived when Fakhar's failure to respond to Azhar's call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance. Opener Fakhar Zaman was heading for the dressing room after nicking Jasprit Bumrah behind the wicket to MS Dhoni.