ICC Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli praises Fakhar Zaman's stupendous knock

Isaac Cain
June 19, 2017

Indian cricket team will take on Pakistan cricket team at The Oval on Sunday, trying to lift the Champions Trophy for a third time and all eyes will be on veterans such as MSDhoni and Yuvraj Singh, who could be taking part in the tournament for the final time.

This is the second match between the sub-continent rivals at this year's tournament, with India having thrashed Pakistan in their opening group outing.

Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed after Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir removed the top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and captian Virat Kohli.

Amir replaced fellow left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who marked his one-day global debut with two wickets against England.

They beat South Africa, the world's top-ranked one-day side, and Sri Lanka to reach the last four before dismantling previously unbeaten hosts England with a ruthless semi-final performance.

Pakistan came back very strongly in the tournament after losing the first match against India.

Sarfraz, who had captained Pakistan to Under-19 World Cup 2006 triumph, especially credited the bowlers for dismissing India for 158.

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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.

"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through. I think that's the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more", the captain said. "We knew the calibre of players we had so we just had to keep believing".

India then lost two wickets for no runs in four balls to be 54 for five inside 14 overs.

United States Consulate General Karachi posted a video in which Ambassador David Hale and staff of US Embassy Islamabad wish Pakistan best of luck for their ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final against India, Samaa reported.

Zaman and Babar Azam continued the assault, smashing 72 runs in 10.1 overs before Zaman attempted a loose, ambitious drive off Hardik Pandya and was splendidly caught at deep backward point by Ravindra Jadeja to limit Pakistan to 200 for two after 33.1 overs. It's just another game of cricket tomorrow, and whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after that.

Hardik Pandya stood up with a 43-ball 76, but could not resurrect the chase by himself, and India's inevitable end came in the 31st over.

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