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Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy triumph ends Pakistan exile

20 June 2017, 10:23 | Andy Ferguson

The World number four Netherlands scored a goal in each quarter against Pakistan

The World number four Netherlands scored a goal in each quarter against Pakistan

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament has finally come to an end with Pakistan winning the title for the first time by defeating arch rivals team India in the final at the Oval on Sunday.

Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a century by opener Fakhar Zaman to post a massive total of 338/4 in the allotted 50 overs.

This was Pakistan's third victory in final of an ICC tournament, having won the 1992 World Cup & 2009 World Twenty20.

Kohli said Pakistani players were more intense and passionate in the final which also helped them outplay the India team in every department of the game. Banks, government and other organisations ran full-page advertisements congratulating the team for their historic win.

Mohammad Amir then reduced India to 33 for three by dismissing their much-vaunted top three, with Rohit Sharma out for a duck and opposing skipper Virat Kohli, the world's top-ranked ODI batsman, falling for just five. Fakhar Zaman turned Pakistan's Champions Trophy campaign around after making his One-Day International debut in their group-stage clash against South Africa.

In a match which saw Virat Kohli and his boys fail miserably in all three departments of fielding, bowling and batting, it was Hardik Pandya who nearly spearheaded a resurgence by scoring the fastest half-century in the history of ICC tournaments finals, even beating Adam Gilchrist's record.

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Heading into the Champions Trophy tournament, I had zero expectations from the side.

"I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan", said Sarfraz. The raw talent in Pakistan's domestic circuit rubbed shoulders with national and global biggies, and some of them even made a name for themselves.

Pakistan have received further reward for their unlikely Champions Trophy triumph after the International Cricket Council confirmed they'd risen two spots on the one-day international team rankings on Monday.

The four Pakistanis included left-handed opening batsman Fakhar Zaman, pace duo of Junaid Khan and Hasan Ali besides Sarfraz, who also doubles up as the wicketkeeper.

Arthur, like others, also want that cricket loving fans in Pakistan, get to see their heroes play global matches.

"Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes". The spinners were clueless on a good batting wicket, India's bowling is incomplete short of fifth specialist bowler.



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