Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pakistan smash 338 vs India in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan smash 338 vs India in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan had begun their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a huge 124-run loss to India.

"We just had to keep believing. they kept on believing, trusting their roles (and) trusting the game-plan that "Saffy" (Sarfraz) and I had set up", said Arthur for whom this was a first major tournament success after spells in charge of both his native South Africa and Australia.

Kohli had tried to play down the hostility even before the final and said they would play Pakistan as any other opponent.

Nothing ever writes your name in Pakistani folklore than a century against India. First with Sachin Tendulkar (52) then with Rohit Sharma (68), Kohli batted for nearly 47 overs to score 183 off 148 balls, including 22 boundaries.

The opening pair broke two records ─ one for the best score posted by Pakistani openers against India in an ICC tournament (86 runs), and the second for the best partnership against India in an ICC tournament when 100 came up for Pakistan in the 18th over. Next ball, he is walking back towards the dressing room because the hype surrounding that fast bowler from Pakistan isn't unsubstantiated; after all he has dismissed the king of ODI run chases twice in two balls and that is just how good he is.

The caption of the photo read, 'Pakistan supporters burst crackers in downtown Srinagar to celebrate Pakistan cricket team's victory over India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday'. "Credit to them for winning the title today".

"Fakhar is a great impact player".

The United Arab Emirates has become Pakistan's cricketing home in recent years but a World XI is scheduled to tour their country in September for three Twenty20 games.

He got a few streaky boundaries upfront but then settled in to give each Indian bowler, a mighty thwack.There was no looking back after that and was liberal help from all the Indian bowlers, who erred in length, gave away needless extras to release the pressure completely.

They might not be products of the PSL but they have been polished and tested in the PSL, time and time again.

They made India pay for the let-off and misses. And Fakhar played like he does in domestic cricket.' Many people felt we couldn't beat India. In Sarfraz, they have a leader who can relate to them, he is just as exuberant as them. Three runs to get off two balls.

It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns. It is Pakistan's first ICC 50 over title since the World Cup win in 1992 and this campaign featured a rise similar to the Cornered Tigers' victorious one.

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