March 18 2018

IND vs PAK: Rains to spare Champions Trophy final

March 18 2018, 05:18 | Sammy Rose

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.

In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

The Rising Kashmir had a headline on the front page, "Crackers go off as Pak pulls off stunning win over India".

But Shah says cricket is also a great unifier, bringing Indians and Pakistanis closer together.

This was Pakistan's third victory in final of an ICC tournament, having won the 1992 World Cup & 2009 World Twenty20.

When he was only 16, Fakhar Zaman left his hometown in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to join the Pakistan navy. I got to one final with Pakistan and eventually got a medal!

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team", coach Mickey Arthur said.

The Indian captain admitted that the rookie left-hander's approach did upset the rhythm of his bowlers after he got a reprieve off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball. The raw talent in Pakistan's domestic circuit rubbed shoulders with national and worldwide biggies, and some of them even made a name for themselves.

However, India will remain under pressure as the Pakistan team has a fresh batch of players who have exuberating confidence. When we came back to the hotel, I told him I can't play tomorrow (Sunday).

"So we just had to keep believing and keep them trusting the techniques and keep them trusting their game plan and keep them trusting their roles, and that's why I'm incredibly proud of that dressing room because they did that".

Sarfraz paid tribute to the influence of a coaching staff led by Mickey Arthur, who took charge shortly before Pakistan's tour of England previous year, where a Test series was shared but the ODI campaign lost 4-1.

They have been the only bowling unit to get the white ball moving with any sort of consistency, and the discipline they have shown as a team in terms of restricting and squeezing sides has gone a long way to winning them the tournament. "But I am more happy and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way in the side".

"Pakistan champion, rolled over Indian team", leading Urdu language Daily Jang printed across its front page. Thank you for making me fall in love once again and providing another memory which would bring a smile to my face for the rest of my life.

It is a similarity between two of its biggest events that has led to a rethink, while Richardson expressed his hope that future World Twenty20s could become more inclusive with up to 20 nations invited to participate.

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