Pakistan leapfrog to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings

Ross Houston
June 20, 2017

Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London's Oval on Sunday to inflict a 180-run defeat upon arch rivals India, the title-holders, in the climax of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide nations.

"They made us make those mistakes with the way they were bowling, creating that pressure", he said.

Widely written off after an abject display in their opening group match against the same opponents, the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament suddenly rediscovered their mojo.

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 worldwide hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

He removed India's top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5). There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.

Speaking after the match, Sarfraz said he never expected to win the title after losing to India by 124 runs in their opening match.

It proved to be a good toss to lose as Sarfraz said he would also have elected to field if he had won it.

"It s been an up and down ride for us but I m just so proud of the boys", Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told Sky Sports.

Pakistan has won their first ever Champions Trophy title, thrashing India by 180 runs.

"The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been a fairy tale journey for the Pakistan cricket team. They can upset anyone on their day", Kohli said after the match. Fakhar then scored a century in the final and Ali then continued the start given by Mohammad Amir while defending a total of 339.

"The Champions Trophy 2017 has been a memorable event and Pakistani fans will remember it for a very long time indeed".

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.

Virat Kohli's team lost the match to a superb display of cricketing genius by Pakistan at The Oval in London.

"We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today".

"To be appointed as captain of the team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake", said Sarfraz in a statement.

Pakistan pace bowler Hassan Ali and rookie opener Fakhar Zaman are among those to make huge gains. We wanted to be a lot more consistent.

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