Sarfraz hopes Champions Trophy win will bring worldwide cricket to Pak

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"It was a great achievement by the boys and full credit to them".

Sarfraz was chosen as the captain following his inspirational leadership during the 18-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team's 180-run victory over India.

Pakistan's thrilling victory over their biggest rivals was set up by Fakhar Zaman's century and a three-wicket burst from opening bowler Mohammad Amir.

"Disappointing for us as a team to lose the final but I have a smile on my face because I'm very proud of how we played in this tournament".

India were at the receiving end at The Oval, just as they were in Johannesburg in 2003 in the World Cup final against Australia, when they lost by 125 runs, which was the previous highest margin (in terms of runs).

The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir by Sarfraz.

He said that Champions Trophy has been a memorable event and Pakistani fans will remember it for a very long time indeed.

Team India skipper Virat Kohli defended Hardik Pandya when quizzed about his unfortunate dismissal in the final against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

India managed just two more runs before the final wicket sparked wild scenes in South London.

When teenage leg-spinner Shadab then struck in his first over via DRS, hitting Yuvraj Singh pad before bat, and MS Dhoni pulled Hasan Ali (three for 19) for a tumbling catch in the deep, India were washed up at 54 for five.

"You got the wicket of a no-ball (Bumrah dismissed Fakhar of a no-ball)". He ended up with a knock of 76 runs off 43 balls.

India was outplayed by Pakistan in the final in all departments and the batters put up a poor show as the whole top order crumbled down while chasing.

But the run-out Pakistan s openers had threatened arrived when Fakhar s failure to respond to Azhar s call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance.

India will feel aggrieved as Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to reach his first worldwide century.

He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Pandya to Jadeja, running back from point. Later Mohammad Hafeez helped his side to post 300 plus total with 57 from 37 balls.

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