Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in rankings


Pakistan batsman, and century maker in the Champions Trophy final, Fakhar Zaman, revealed that he nearly didn't play in the showpiece game against India after feeling ill the day before the game.

To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

On Sunday, Pakistan outclassed traditional rivals India by a mammoth 180-run margin to lift the title at The Oval, prompting Afridi to say that Pakistan cricket is back on track, especially after narrowly managing to qualify as the lowest-ranked side in the eight-team Champions Trophy.

"The green shirts set up a daunting 339-run target with a loss of four wickets for the men in blue, but Indian batting collapsed under a calculated bowling attack, with all men out for just 158 runs in the 31st over", the report noted.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area. He also confessed that Pakistan showed more enthusiasm than us.

Even India captain Virat Kohli was impressed. For them, and for millions of people across Pakistan, the taste of victory was sweet. I am happy with the brand of cricket we have been playing and want to continue the momentum.

Under Sarfraz Ahmed's captaincy, Pakistan beat South Africa and Sri Lanka in the remaining group matches before surprising host England in the semifinals.

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Sagakkara also said that India's chase was off-colour right from the start and felt that the Indian batsmen played on the backfoot. We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today.

India's bowlers have been hugely effective, taking wickets in the middle overs to strangle opponents.

Mohamed Amir then reduced India to 33 for three by dismissing all the members of their much vaunted top three, with Rohit Sharma out for a duck and opposing skipper Virat Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, falling for just five.

I would wait for a gesture from India, either from Sehwag, or Bollywood star Rishi Kapoor (who too has been in the wars with Pakistani fans). Still, he admitted, "the way they turned it around was unbelievable".

"Our team has presented us with a best gift in the holy fasting month of Ramadan", said Shabbir Ali Asghar, a 14-year-old student, as he watched the final with friends on television in Rawalpindi.

"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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