Pakistanis rejoice after team hammers India in Champion's Trophy

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Pakistan clinched their maiden ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday beating India by a massive 180-run margin in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval and it did not go down well with fans of the Indian cricket team.

In an exclusive interview with Roznama Express, Sarfraz, who is highly religious and a Hafiz-e-Quran, said: "It is the holy month of Ramzan and everyone was fasting and praying, so yes those prayers have definitely been answered".

"At one time I remember our hockey team and squash players won world titles regularly and were unbeatable". The police said a group of people from 7th Hosakote led by former Panchayat president Chengappa complained about a few people who burst crackers and celebrated Pakistan's victory stating that they were attempting to create communal tension.

The side includes seven players from the two finalists - India and Pakistan.

However, they quickly silenced their critics by defeating top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka to reach the last four, where they stunned previously unbeaten hosts England before outclassing defending champions India in Sunday's final.

The News said Pakistan "sizzled at the sun-baked Oval" to record their first major victory in the 50-over format since winning the World Cup in 1992.

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The left-hander failed to let the horror mix-up deter him - striking Ravindra Jadeja for six over long on and following up with a brace of boundaries as Pakistan raced up to 150 in the 26th over. After man of the match Zaman finished on 114, Pakistan pace bowler Mohammad Amir ripped the heart out of the India batting line-up with the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.

"It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm just so proud of the boys", Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told Sky Sports.

"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".

"They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day", he said.

With their inability to host top worldwide sides on home soil due to security concerns and a spot-fixing controversy blighting their domestic T20 league, Sunday's win provided the country's cricket fans with some much-needed cheer.

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