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Bollywood forgets cricket after Pakistan win ICC Champions Trophy

Bollywood forgets cricket after Pakistan win ICC Champions Trophyā€¯

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. The right-armer was also adjudged as the player of the tournament.

Left-arm pacer Mohammed Aamir bowled a terrific opening spell, picking up three key Indian wickets. Fakhar, four knocks into his global career, struck a buoyant big-match century against his team's archrivals, denting key bowlers out of shape during a 128-run opening stand with Azhar Ali, before a bristling Pakistan grew the total with hitherto unsuspected power and skill.

Now, it was on the bowlers to do their job and Amir perfectly did it. Ashwin finished with unflattering figures of 0-70.

The Indian team, considered to be one of the favourites to defend the title, have played to their potential in all the games till now, except the one against Sri Lanka, who surprised the Men in Blue in the group stage. Riding on Hashim Amla's century, the Proteas managed a decent total of 299 from 50 overs. "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. In reply, Pakistan raced to 74 without loss and looked on course for a comfortable win, only for a flurry of wickets to see them slip to 162-7. They kept on believing, they kept on trusting their roles, they kept on trusting the game plan.

India were asked to produce the highest successful run chase in Trophy history, and had the weapons to do it. Nothing else matters. Congratulations, Team Pakistan! "The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.

Banks, government and other organisations ran full-page advertisements congratulating the team for their historic win.

Yes, the same venue where Courtney Browne and Ian Bradshaw staged a memorable rearguard with an unbeaten ninth-wicket partnership of 71 to navigate the West Indies through the gloom and the cold of late September to a two-wicket win over hosts England in the 2004 final of the same competition. England won the game by 40 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method as the match was interrupted due to rain.

Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters. The Times of India, for instance, chose to highlight India's 7-1 victory over Pakistan in a Hockey Word League game that was also being played in London on Sunday. Ali removed unsafe looking Faf Du Plessis before sending back JP Duminy and Wayne Parnell. The pictures were apparently in response to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Independence Day speech previous year in which he had raised the issue Pakistan's atrocities on people of Balochistan and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.



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