Fakhar century sets India record chase

Amos Gonzales
June 20, 2017

The way we showed character, this is for the nation.

Pakistan batsman, and century maker in the Champions Trophy final, Fakhar Zaman, revealed that he nearly didn't play in the showpiece game against India after feeling ill the day before the game.

He added: "The fact is that World T20s do attract a lot of interest, they generate significant revenue for the television companies, but most importantly from our point of view they provide us with an opportunity to give more opportunities to more teams".

The shock triumph sparked scenes of jubilation among the Pakistan contingent in the capacity crowd in sun-baked south London, prompting a serenade from auto horns outside.

Ghafoor also posted a video showing people in Srinagar purportedly celebrating Pakistan's victory over India.

Even Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chipped in with his congratulations. "Now we are the champions, so hopefully this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all playing nations is coming to Pakistan".

They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day global hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

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Five people who had been reported missing after the disaster have been found safe and well, he added. The death toll was first given as 12 before being revised up to 17, then 30, then 58.

Dhawan and Hasan had already won individual trophies for finishing as the most successful batsman and bowler of the tournament respectively. India limped to 54 but when the fifth wicket tumbled it was in deep trouble.

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.

Imran, who is now a seasoned politician, felt that the captain and the management should now build on the Champions Trophy win and start preparing for the 2019 World Cup. Khan told his team could have chased the total of 339 if they wouldn't have lost early wickets, which neither happened by chance nor brilliant bowling from pacer Mohammad Amir. We have a young team and credit to my boys.

India were strong favourites after beating Pakistan easily during the group stages but captain Kohli said luck was not on their side. They deserve to win. The way they turned things around, it was fantastic.

"I think it's a great story, they have had a tough time and Pakistan cricket has faced some significant challenges over the last six or seven years".

But after the victims were remembered with a minute's silence by a capacity crowd, fans at The Oval were soon engrossed by an extraordinary match.

World Cup winning captain Imran Khan says the current Pakistan team has the potential to become a force in worldwide cricket even as he lamented the country lacks system to polish raw talent.

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