Pakistan jump to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings

Cheryl Sanders
June 20, 2017

Fakhar Zaman, whose scintillating knock of 114 paved the way for Pakistan's stunning victory against India in the ICC Champions Trophy final, is an ex-sailor of Pakistan Navy.

It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first global century before falling for 114.

Amir finished with three for 16 in six overs and Hasan Ali, who kick-started Pakistan's revival in their group-win over top-ranked South Africa, ended the match when Jasprit Bumrah gloved behind to gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed. For a team that can't play worldwide cricket at home due to security issues, the victory has far-reaching implications.

India's lone loss so far in this tournament, featuring the world's top eight ODI nations, was at The Oval when they suffered a surprise seven-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on June 8.

India, on the other hand, who played to their potential throughout the tournament, were struggling against the disciplined Pakistani batting lineup and failed to utilise the conditions completely. Everyone will remember this achievement, not just for today or tomorrow but for a long, long time in Pakistan cricket.

Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind.

Zaman made full use of the opportunity to punish the Indian attack on a day when it mattered most.

It was hard work for India's bowlers, especially the spinners, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the stand-out bowler with a typically calm and clinical performance. The final flourish was provided by veteran Mohammed Hafeez (57 off 37) with help of four boundaries and three sixes. Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well.

Sarfaraz went on to acknowledge the mature response he received from his side, comprised of many fresh recruits, saying, "When superstars play it is easier to guide them during a match because they don't need much guidance; they already know how to cope with high-pressure situations".

Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession. It feels like deja vu after winning the 1992 World Cup.

"I think it's a very proud moment for me, my team and my country".

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team", coach Mickey Arthur said. They also needed victories like this for them as a team.

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