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19 June 2017, 02:27 | Sandy Nunez
India, looking to retain the Champions Trophy, went down without a fight as they collapsed to 158 all out and Amir felt his spell was crucial.
Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of global cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds.
Mohammad Hafeez notched an aggressive 57 off 37 balls not out while Imad scored 25 (not out).
"I was telling somebody the other day that I've had five semi-finals [in ICC events] with South Africa and never got to a final".
Leading the batting for the young Pakistan side - which had fallen easily to India by 124 runs in a group stage match on June 6 - was 27-year-old Fakhar Zaman who recorded his maiden century in only his fourth global innings. Ravindra Jadeja was cut, driven and slashed of fours by Zaman, and Azhar didn't worry about keeping the ball down when he slapped Hardik Pandya past backward point.
Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has recovered fully from the back spasm and has been recalled in the playing XI in place of Ruman Raees.
It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first worldwide century before falling for 114. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes". The way they turned things around, it was fantastic.
Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win".
"It's disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because I'm very proud of how we've played in this tournament".
"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through".
"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win".
Praising Pakistan for their brilliant all-round performance in the Champions Trophy final here on Sunday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said the green brigade can upset any team on their day. Had Simmons gone, India would have definitely won that match, and who knows what would have happed in the final, which would have been played at fortress Eden Gardens. Pakistan's previous highest in this event was 302 for nine in 50 overs against India at Centurion on September 26, 2003.
In a dazzling opening burst, Amir removed the top three of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and effectively won the match in the space of 30 balls.
India got their man finally thanks to a fine catch by Jadeja running back from point after a skewed big hit at Pandya.
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