Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Champions Trophy final: India opt to field against Pak

Champions Trophy final: India opt to field against Pak

He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five. But for a guy like Zaman, it becomes really hard to stop players like him, because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high- risk and they were all coming off.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, on the other hand, said that they too would have elected to bowl first had he won the toss, adding that they are looking forward to posting more than 300.

India, who had demolished Pakistan during the group stage of the tournament, knew they needed an impressive batting display of their own if they were to chase down their target.

"They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today". "Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well".

Captain Kohli said: "I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters".

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an unbelievable tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it's better for the team in the future".

Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with a superb inswinger.

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The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.

The now fit-again Amir removes all of India's top three as the champions slump to 33 for three in nine overs before being dismissed for just 158.

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.

It was all a far cry from the Asian giants' opening group match at Edgbaston on June 4 where Pakistan slumped to 164 all out in a thumping 124-run defeat by India. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment.

Zaman top scored with 114 while his fellow opener Azhar reached 59.

The 27-year-old completed a 92-ball hundred including two sixes when he swept star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, for his 12th four. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end.

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