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Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs in finals

20 Juin 2017

Ahmed was ecstatic to be named as the captain and said, "To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake".

The Pakistan team enjoyed a remarkable turnaround after widespread criticism followed a 124-run drubbing by India in the opening group match.

India's batting effort paled in comparison and they managed just 158 in reply in 30.3 overs.

"To be appointed as captain of the team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the ideal icing on the cake", said Sarfraz in a statement.

"Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team".

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left- hander took full advantage to make his first worldwide century.

Left-armer, Amir who made a return to the Pakistan team after serving the five-year ban in January 2016, had struggled to leave an impact with his bowling since his comeback and many critics felt he was being unduly favoured by the national team's head coach Mickey Arthur. Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman.

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I was hugely impressed by his courage despite getting hit in the head early in his innings and how he forgot that to build a most memorable innings. Hardik Pandya came to bat at five down and his 76 runs from 43 balls nearly brought the Indian team back into the game.

"The country needed this victory at a time when everything has been going wrong for so many years", said Yasser Latif Hamdani, a lawyer who hosted a screening in his home in a well-heeled area of Pakistan's capital Islamabad. They'd also lost Afridi, whatever role he fit in that team.

This change in mindset of fans will boost the morale of our players and motivate them to do better.

"We give our best every time we go out on the field, and I'm really proud of the way the team has played in this tournament".

"With a 10-team World Cup we're hoping to increase the competitiveness of matches and the standard of the tournament as a whole".

Victories against higher-ranked sides saw Pakistan move up two places to sixth in the MRF Tyres ICC ODI rankings, outting them course to qualify automatically for the 2019 World Cup in England.

Other team players too were given warm welcome when they landed at different cities today.