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Pakistan skipper Sarfraz thrilled with emphatic turnaround

20 June 2017, 05:03 | Pamela Mathis

Amidst the heated exchanges on social media as Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team gear up for the ICC Champions Trophy final, the picture of MS Dhoni holding Sarfraz Ahmed's son brought fans from both sides together to enjoy the spirit of the game, reported The Hindustan Times.

He didn't start the tournament on the best note as he conceded 70 runs and took just one wicket against India in Pakistan's first group stage match.

But they turned it around in style as they topped South Africa (19 runs via D/L method), and Sri Lanka (three wickets) to enter the semi-finals where they got the better of hosts England by eight wickets.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday congratulated the nation over Pakistan's classic victory in the ICC Champions Trophy's final match against India.

He dismissed Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

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. "After losing the first game we were nowhere", said batsman Mohammad Hafeez who recorded 57 not out after India won the toss and inserted their rivals. The matter of the fact is that the Indians took Pakistan too lightly and never considered them serious challengers, which cost them dearly.

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"I am sure Team India will win", Hasan said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan's unmanned paceman Hasan Ali has done outstanding performances in this tournament.

Hasan ends the tournament as the leading wicket-taker with 13 wickets but the plaudits for the final win have to go to Amir (3 for 16) and Fakhar (114). "Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said at the presentation ceremony. Credit to Pakistan. They outplayed us.

"After the India match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet".

India's next major one-day challenge will come in the 2019 World Cup back in England.

"We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".



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