On Sunday, India unsuccessful in picking up wickets the at usual period after winning the toss and elected to field against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval.
Pakistan opening batsmen Farkhar Zaman and Azhar Ali has scored 128 runs for the first wicket on a track that was good for batting. After that, Zaman went on to the field and scored his maiden century and posted a total of 338 for 4 for India to chase.
On the other hand, India was all out for 158, however, skipper Virat Kohli took the decision to bowl on a flat track and said that a lucky reprieve for Centurion Fakhar Zaman proved to be a costly one.
Captain Kohli said “Small margins can be massive but we’ve only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes. The pitch was consistent throughout; we backed out strengths (to chase).”
Zaman, who has scored 114 off 106 balls, was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumrah had overstepped.
Talking about his sides chasing in the title clash, Kohli said, “We can’t take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball, we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.”
Kohli added, “We tried to do our best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn’t show any resistance apart from Hardik, who knocks was outstanding.”
Kohli smiles and congratulates Pakistan after losing final match of the ICC Champions Trophy. “I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have.”
“They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final.”
Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed praised his team for their outstanding performance after dramatic comeback after losing to India in the league stage. “After the India match, I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. We played very well and now we have won the final.”