India, Pakistan players share light moment after ICC Champions Trophy final

Jay Anderson
June 19, 2017

After the defeat, disappointed Indian skipper Virat Kohli, being a true sportsperson, praised Pakistani team members for their brilliant all-round performance.

"It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive", wrote Afridi in a column for the International Cricket Council ( ICC).

Babar Azam chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left India needing to produce the highest successful run chase in the tournament's history to lift the trophy for the third time. The victory also helped Pakistan become the fourth nation to complete the ICC treble, having won the World Cup in 1992 and the World T20 in 2009.

Pakistan was cruising at 0-128 in the 23 over with Azhar on 59, when he was involved in a farcical mix-up with opening partner Fakhar Zaman. A spectacular bowling attack easily defended a solid total of 338, bowling out India inside of 31 overs for just 158.

"It was disappointing. Congos to Pakistan".

"The way they turned things around for themselves speaks volumes of the talent that they have in their side". They motivated us, and they passed it on to my boys.

Pakistan then prove it's possible to bat on a used pitch, with Fakhar making his second fifty in as many matches, as they cruise to victory with 77 balls to spare.

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The problem was Fakhar wasn't showing the slightest inclination to take the single, and Azhar was watching the ball and not his partner.

"In the end ... you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition", Kohli added sportingly.

The Indian captain conceded that they needed to check the extras, 13 wides and three no balls.

Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, gave a brief flicker of hope to the Blue Shirts, handily knocking 76 runs off 43 balls.

Zaman was lucky on Sunday when he got new life after Jasprit Bumrah bowled a no-ball even as the Pakistani opener was caught behind by Dhoni. But India, who put in a solid display of cricketing skills right through the tournament, would go home heads held high as the runner-up.

"You learn with every cricket game that you play", Kohli said.

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