Mickey Arthur hailed Pakistan's turnaround from their opening ICC Champions Trophy defeat to India as "remarkable" after they clinched the title with a stunning victory over the same opposition in Sunday's final.
June 14, Cardiff: Beat England by 8 wkts - Hasan, in the absence of the injured Amir (back spasm) produces a superb skilled display in taking three wickets as previously unbeaten tournament hosts England are dismissed for 211. However, all three were completely undone in the final, as Amir bowled a lethal spell. "Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the final but today we were outplayed in all departments".
Fakhar Zaman, the little-known left-hander who made his debut in their second game, lit up a showpiece match with 114 from 106 balls.
He shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59), the pair unleashing a barrage of crisp attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground.
Despite coming into the tournament as eighth seeds, Pakistan stunned their greatest rivals India with a thrilling 180-run victory in soaring temperatures at the Oval.
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He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.
The Indian captain conceded that they needed to check the extras, 13 wides and three no balls.
The fourth, fifth and sixth overs were milked for 29 runs, after the first three had produced only eight.
Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.
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Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn't resist Amir's persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a "not out" lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India's hopes were fading fast at 54-4.
Shadab Khan also got the wicket of Kedar Jadhav as he top-edged one to Sarfraz Ahmed, leaving India for 76-6.
"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase".
Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win".
So after coming into the tournament as rank underdogs - they entered just edging past West Indies as the lowest seed - Pakistan end up as the victor of the Champions Trophy 2017.
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