15 arrested for cheering Pakistan win

Lynette Rowe
June 21, 2017

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.

Back home, streets were deserted in the federal capital Islamabad and Rawalpindi - and in big cities across the country - as fans watched Pakistan thrash defending champion India by 180 runs at The Oval. Pakistan also completed the treble of winning all ICC trophies i.e. 1992 World Cup, 2009 World T20 and 2017 ICC CT. Pakistan once again provided excitement and proved that with the talent they possess, they can beat any side on their day.

A similar reception was accorded to man-of-the-match in the final, Fakhar Zaman, who smashed 114 off 106 balls, when he landed in Peshawar.

But Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, took Pakistan well beyond 300.

2014: India were leading the five-match home series 2-1 before a standoff between the West Indies players and their board saw the team abandon the tour.

They congratulated the Pakistan team, Captain Sarfraz Ahmad and its management on achieving a milestone in cricket history. "And the players nearly drove that conversation, which for us was very new, but also showed a maturity, and the way they turned it around was unbelievable", Arthur said.

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"They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today".

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.

"We had some good, hard conversations [after that defeat], but we didn't train anymore because we knew the base had been done".

The mercurial Pakistan side: Pakistan, being the No 8 ranked team, won the title against all odds.

Hasan Ali, who kick-started Pakistan's revival in their group win over top-ranked South Africa, ended the match when he had Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed. "In the end ... you have to accept and admire sometimes the skill of the opposition". We tried our level best but we just couldn't make things happen.

"It's disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because I'm very proud of how we've played in this tournament".

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