How Fans Reacted to Team India's Loss

Virginia Carter
June 20, 2017

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya, but Pakistan had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

Pakistan's cricketers stun India to win the Champions Trophy by 180 runs at The Oval. "All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard", the Pakistan captain said. That flying start and some late hitting by Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) set the stage for Mohammad Amir to begin the evisceration of India's batting with a spell of three for 16 in six overs that included Kohli.

Fakhar continued to a 92-ball century, finally falling to Indian bowler Hardik Pandya in the 33rd over.

Seam bowlers Mohammad Amir and Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country's first appearance in the final of the limited-overs tournament which is regarded as a mini-World Cup.

"We spoke about it in the team meeting", the South Africa-born coach said.

Pakistan have been starved of global cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues and Mohammad Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public. Fireworks, positive tweets and happy pictures could be seen posted by the people of Kashmir on different social media portals just because India was defeated by Pakistan.

And then, this morning, Pakistan finished the Cinderella story with a blowout victory against, yes, India.

"They [Pakistan] had an unbelievable tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. They outplayed us. They were more intense and passionate on the day". It's time we thank the Indian Premier League [IPL] for giving us two bowlers who can be trusted to be as effective as some of the best death-over bowlers.

To add insult to injury, India bowled 13 wides and three no-balls in what was a woeful day for all, save Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/44 in 10 overs).

Champions Trophy triumph is a massive boost for Pakistan cricket, says Arthur
India captain Virat Kohli could do little more than praise an opponent who did everything right on the day, reported the ICC .

Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep.

It is a well-known fact that India often gets the better off Pakistan in ICC tournaments, but the 124-run defeat was a massive blow. Pandya was the man who had to go and that was it for India.

But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja saw him run out for 76.

Over the past decade India has dominated the cricketing rivalry and was the firm favourite going into Sunday's final, making victory all the sweeter for Pakistanis.

Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 6-72.

Pakistan had gone 35 ODIs without a century stand before the semi-finals but Fakhar in partnership with Azhar Ali stitched back to back 100-run opening stands.

The replay showed medium-pacer Jasprit Bumrah overstepped.

In Kashmir - a disputed region over which India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence - the sporting celebrations swiftly sparked violence.

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