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20 June 2017, 10:33 | Erica Roy
Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman scored a century in just his fourth match
Most teams look to accelerate after the 30th over and prepare for the final push, but India could only do it if two of the top three were around and seldom after being three-down around the 30- over mark. "So, to watch some of these really stellar performances, handsome performances, by some of these young cricket stars, who have been unheard of before this tournament - to watch them mature throughout the games, and to watch the team peak at just the right moment, to bring home the trophy, was like a dream come true for all of us". You should not judge him on one game. Rain helped them against South Africa as they were ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method.
Pakistan choked South Africa, got a little lucky against Sri Lanka, downed England in style and then brought their A game in the final and returned the favour to India.
India will take important lessons from the loss, according to their skipper.
"I think it's a great story, they have had a tough time and Pakistan cricket has faced some significant challenges over the last six or seven years".
"They are basically a nomadic team which plays overseas".
About Pakistan's triumph in the Champions Trophy, two things can be said for certain.
"It was a big surprise to see the result, but Pakistan is unpredictable".
In the semi-final against England, Hasan removed the home side's captain Eoin Morgan, and a slower ball beat allrounder Ben Stokes.
Sure, it's a harsh truth that we lost a crucial match but a number of people were even more upset because we lost against Pakistan. Zaman smashed 252 runs at an average of 63 while Hasan Ali's 13 wickets made him the player of the tournament.
"The Champions Trophy 2017 has been a memorable event and Pakistani fans will remember it for a very long time indeed".
Pakistan, the bottom-ranked side in the eight-team event, rode on opener Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global century to post 338-4 and then bundled out India for a paltry 158 in 30.3 overs. Sachin Tendulkar had, after all, won the World Cup at the age of 38. "We all know how passionate they are in terms of support and they were special scenes at the Oval".
Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling. He was caught behind.
The former Australian cricketer admitted that the result came as a big surprise, but as it is said that Pakistan are unpredictable and they had proved the same yesterday. It feels like deja'vu after winning the 1992 WCup. The 2009 World T20 win in England had given a nation in despair something to cheer. Only two weeks ago, it was being caned at Edgbaston, with Mickey Arthur, the Pakistan coach, calling the result a "reality check" of the side's situation in one-day cricket.
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