Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC One-day rankings

Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC One-day rankings

He removed India's top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5).

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday congratulated the nation over Pakistan's classic victory in the ICC Champions Trophy's final match against India. A spectacular bowling attack easily defended a solid total of 338, bowling out India inside of 31 overs for just 158.

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.

Then he sang a victory jingle about Pakistan's breathtaking win and prompted the crowd with chants of "Long live Pakistan" before finally retiring back inside. This is also the first in the 50-over format since Imran Khan lifted the World Cup on a starry Melbourne night 25 years ago.

Yet few would have expected them to dish out a 180-run hammering to India in Sunday's final at The Oval, leaving head coach Arthur to express his amazement at the scale of their revival.

"All the boys worked very hard, after losing that first match, the way the boys made the comeback is remarkable", said Sarfraz.

"That was an aberration". Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: "After the India match in the group stage, I told the players the tournament hadn't finished yet".

On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan. We will take that on the chin and move on", concluded the 28-year-old.

Amir, once vilified for his role in the 2010 Pakistan spot-fixing scandal which led to him serving a prison term in London, was at his brilliant best when he produced a devastating opening spell.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an awesome tournament". "Pakistan's innings was characterised by intent, and a momentum which they maintained throughout", he said, "In the final, it found a way to turn it on as a team, and ensure that any scars from that game didn't cloud their decision making on the field". "They were more intense and more passionate".

"We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".

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