They didn't stop there as they came out with their best show in the final to bag their first Champions Trophy title.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was all praise for his team for staging a dramatic comeback after the loss to India in the league stage. "They outplayed us. They were more intense and passionate on the day". "We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team". Zaman and Azhar attacked the Indian bowlers from the word go and played fearless yet sensible cricket in the high-intensity clash against their arch-rivals. Now, we are champions.
Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the final catch, confirming their victory over India after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017.
But Pakistan collapse to 162 for seven before an unbroken stand of 75 between skipper Sarfraz (61 not out) and Mohammad Amir (28 not out) sees them win what is a virtual quarter-final.
The momentum remained with Pakistan as Mohammad Hafeez pummelled three sixes and four fours, putting on an unbroken 71 with Imad Wasim (25no) who enjoyed a remarkable slice of luck when a delivery from Bumrah bounced forcefully off his wicket without dislodging a bail.
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The Indian captain conceded that they needed to check the extras, 13 wides and three no balls.
Asked if Pakistan's victory was a big moment for the region, he said: "I congratulated them in the post-match".
Pakistan coach Micky Arthur said: "It's been an up and down ride but the whole group kept believing". After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game. We wanted to be a lot more consistent.
"We've got two years until 2019 [World Cup] now, we've got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying, we've got enough points now that we'll not have to go through the qualifying stages, which for us was really important".
He heard the ball pouched behind him and knew he was dismissed before he'd really got started in the biggest cricket match of his life on Sunday. "I think that's the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more", the captain said. They took the game on.