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Pakistan deserved to win Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli

20 June 2017

"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 ideal icing on the cake", Sarfraz told the ICC website.

"It's all about momentum and after the South Africa game, the way we were playing, I think that was outstanding".

Mohammad Amir removed India's top three batsmen as Pakistan stunned their arch-rivals with a remarkable 180-run win in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan have become the fourth team, after India, West Indies and Sri Lanka, to complete a treble of ICC tournament wins.

The former captain said he was highly impressed with the way the team bounced back to win the trophy after the heavy loss to India in the opening match.

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India got their man finally thanks to a fine catch by Jadeja running back from point after a skewed big hit at Pandya.

It was a charged-up performance from Sarfraz Ahmed's underdog team with left-handed opener Zaman, after a lucky reprieve, scoring a pulsating 114 in their imposing 338 for 4.

Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a century by opener Fakhar Zaman to post a massive total of 338/4 in the allotted 50 overs.

Along with senior pro Azhar Ali (58 off 71 balls), Zaman set the platform with a 128-run partnership for the opening wicket and consolidated it further with a whirlwind 72 off 63 balls with Babar Azam (46 off 52). "We can not take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

Earlier, Fakhar made the most of an early reprieve after Kohli won the toss and sent Pakistan in on a typically good Oval pitch, with the sunny conditions seemingly ideal for batting. You have to look at that historical component in this tournament.

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Kohli also said he backed his boys to chase in the title clash. India were six wickets down as Hardik was the lone Indian warrior fighting Pakistani bowlers such as Shadab Khan, Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan.

Prior to the final, India had not lost to Pakistan for eight years in an ICC event, and had an 8-2 advantage in ICC ODI events.

"I was not expecting that Pakistan will win the match, it was an unbelievable turnaround", said stock broker Haris Ali, 55, in the coastal metropolis of Karachi.

"We wanted to bowl first". "It's a very young team and credit goes to them and the management".

Pakistan itself has hosted only a handful of worldwide cricket matches over the past decade due to security fears.

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Pakistan deserved to win Champions Trophy 2017: Virat Kohli