Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

'Congratulations Pakistan' tweets Virender Sehwag after India surrender Champions Trophy crown

'Congratulations Pakistan' tweets Virender Sehwag after India surrender Champions Trophy crown

MOHAMMAD Hafeez dedicated a stunning ICC Champions Trophy success to the public of Pakistan after thrashing India at The Oval.

Both the Pakistani openers - Azhar and Fakhar Zaman - smashed fifties, seeing Pakistan off to a soaring start as India rued missed chances. Fakhar, out to a nice catch on the run by Jadeja behind square, scored 114 off 106 balls.

In a completely one-sided game, Pakistan defeated arch-rivals India by 180 runs in the final of the Champions Trophy to lift the title here on Sunday.

All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm.

The left-hander, who was playing only his fourth one-day game after debuting in the tournament, returned to the crease much to the delight of the Pakistan fans. Pakistan bowled first in its previous four Trophy matches, and only once in Trophy history has a team batting first won the final; India in 2013. 'If you make the finals, you've played readlly good cricket, he said.

However, a picture that evoked mutual admiration and went viral recently is the one which shows former Indian captain and current wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carrying the son of Pakistani skipper Safaraz Ahmed in his arms.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an fantastic tournament".

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"When you win ugly, you learn a lot about the team". If trapping Rohit Sharma lbw third ball got Pakistan fans believing and the scalp of Virat Kohli was the most prized - the India captain's record in run chases is otherworldly - then the coup de grace was the lifter to Shikar Dhawan that simply begged to feather the edge and gave Sarfraz the simplest of takes behind the stumps.

The Indian batsman has been clicking on all cylinders, displaying masterful performance throughout the tournament especially the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, giving India a ideal start, putting up scores on the board and pressuring the opposition bowlers.

Fakhar responded with two overs of circumspection and then two more with brought him three fours and two sixes as he suddenly put his foot down against India's two specialist spinners on his way to a century which was brought up when he swept Ravi Ashwin ferociously to the fence again. "We want to be more consistent as a team".

"Small margins can be massive but we've only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes".

"On their day they can beat any side in the world", the India captain said of Pakistan.

"When we arrived here, we were number eight [in the ICC one-day worldwide rankings], and now we are the champions". He won the golden bat in the last edition of Champions Trophy and won it this time around too.

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