Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy win bring international cricket to Pak

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Following are five key moments that helped Pakistan win the Champions Trophy for the first time with a crushing 180-run victory over holders India at The Oval in London on Sunday.

After Kohli won the toss and, surprisingly, opted to field first, Pakistan posted an imposing total of 338 for four featuring Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred, an innings where he might have been run out for one and was caught off a no-ball on three.

"He's fine", Kohli said. India's batting effort paled in comparison and they managed just 158 in reply in 30.3 overs.

Arthur hopes that this win be a boost for Pakistan cricket.

He said he "deeply appreciated" the team's extraordinary victory and said the players and management "deserve the nation's profound gratitude and appreciation for their remarkable performances".

Former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan tweeted his congratulations, while former teammate Wasim Akram, one of the world's greatest fast bowlers, said he was "over the moon".

Arthur for one was looking forward to the series.

"So we just had to keep believing and keep them trusting the techniques and keep them trusting their game plan and keep them trusting their roles, and that's why I'm incredibly proud of that dressing room because they did that. We can only hope".

Sarfraz's side thrashed title-holders India by 180 runs in a remarkable final at The Oval on Sunday having been the lowest ranked of the eight nations at the outset of this one-day global tournament - which they started with a 124-run defeat to India.

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Cricket-obsessed Pakistanis flooded onto the streets draped in their national green and white flag in celebration on Sunday after their national team trounced arch-foe India in the Champions Trophy final. Some teams start very confidently and then they fade off.

"When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions".

India captain Kohli accepted his side had been a distant second best.

Arthur said: "I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight - they deserve it".

Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.

The Indian team, considered to be one of the favourites to defend the title, have played to their potential in all the games till now, except the one against Sri Lanka, who surprised the Men in Blue in the group stage.

Kohli, himself renowned for rising to the big occasion, admitted India had been outplayed.

"Yes, we have shown the composure in pressure situations most often in this tournament, but that is no guarantee that you're going to do it every time".

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