Pakistan to face India in final of ICC Champions Trophy


Cricket-obsessed Pakistanis flooded onto the streets draped in their national green and white flag in celebration yesterday after their national team trounced arch-foe India in the Champions Trophy final.

Zaman's century had helped Pakistan reached a buffer zone against India.

"During its last pool match against Sri Lanka, another must-win game, Pakistan looked dead and buried in its run-chase, but Sri Lanka could not land the knock-out blow with catches going down".

In the semi-final, they shocked England and then stunned the cricketing world on Sunday when they thrashed India by 180 runs in the final at the Oval, clinching the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.

Meanwhile, the Chief of the Naval Staff, Admiral Muhammad Zakaullah, has congratulated Pakistan Cricket team and its captain Sarfraz Ahmed and also lauded the outstanding performance of Fakhar Zaman on the historic win against India.

A total of 128 One-day Internationals have so far been played between the two countries.

"After the India match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet". The Pakistan skipper has met his maternal uncle just three times but is still very attached to him.

Fakhar overcame his early wobbles to share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century.

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Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession.

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical 1-44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls - almost three extra overs.

The Indian innings was off to a disastrous start with Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir producing a fiery opening spell.

"It's a great, great team effort", Hafeez said.

If they lose these series and subsequently fail to qualify automatically, the Caribbean side will enter a 10-team qualifier scheduled for next year, to determine the final two World Cup berths.

"I would have had no regrets had Pakistan lost to other teams, but it would have hurt me and the entire nation had the Indians defeated us", said university student Nauman Khan, 28, in Peshawar.

Maj. Gen. Ghafoor also posted a video showing people in Srinagar purportedly celebrating Pakistan's victory over India.