Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Eddie Scott

Champions Trophy final: India opt to field against Pak

Champions Trophy final: India opt to field against Pak

India was then routed for 158 in the 31st over. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya bowled overhead wides to complete an erratic bowling display.

India turned to spin early in an attempt to stem the run-rate, with Ravi Ashwin (0-70) introduced in the seventh over, however he and Ravindra Jadeja (0-67 from eight) were dealt with savagely as an inspired Pakistan refused to take a backward step.

Zaman was lucky early in his innings as he survived a caught-behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah with the Indian pacer having overstepped.

Kohli also said he backed his boys to chase in the title clash.

For Pakistan, they will need to match India's pressure in the field.

The problem was Fakhar wasn't showing the slightest inclination to take the single, and Azhar was watching the ball and not his partner.

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez dedicated his side's stunning thrashing of fierce rivals India in the Champions Trophy final to the public of his homeland who have been deprived cricket for the best part of a decade.

Despite the heavy loss, Kohli had a smile on his face.

"When players like that get going on their day, it becomes really hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk - and they were all coming off", said Kohli. "They can upset anyone on their day", Kohli said after the match.

"Hopefully everyone will remember this win, not today, not tomorrow, (but for a ) very long, long time", said Sarfraz.

Kohli said Pakistani players were more intense and passionate in the final which also helped them outplay the India team in every department of the game.

"All credit goes to my bowlers, Mohammad Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Hafeez, they bowled really well".

"It's a great, great team effort from where we came from because we knew after losing the first game [in the group stage to India], we were nowhere".

"The whole group kept believing".

"It has been an up and down ride". A bolt so ridiculously good that this Pakistan performance reminded everyone of their glory days, when Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar and Inzaman-ul-Haq ran the show. "Obviously the same bowlers are going to play, but the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it's better for the team in the future". "So to dust ourselves off and come back from that was a remarkable achievement". One of the top coaches in the world, Arthur has never won an IC C trophy and Sunday ended that jinx.

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