India will learn from final loss, says Kohli

  • India will learn from final loss, says Kohli

India will learn from final loss, says Kohli

It is defending champions India taking on "unpredictable"-tagged Pakistan in what has been termed as the "mother of all finals", vying for the ICC Champions Trophy title, at the Oval, today". There won't be any shortage of passion on the field, in the stands, in the dressing room and everywhere the ardent cricket fans are going to watch the thrilling match between India vs. Pakistan.

He said: "Eighty per cent of Zaman's shots were high-risk and they were all coming off. At the end of it, it was a complete team effort", said Sarfraz.

But Pakistan, the lowest-ranked side in a tournament featuring the world's leading eight one-day global nations, bounced back to beat top-seeded South Africa and then held their nerve in a tense virtual quarter-final with Sri Lanka in Cardiff on Monday.

Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

Fakhar Zaman's thrilling ton and Mohammad Amir's three dismissals of India's top order led Pakistan to a stunning 180-run victory against their arch-rivals in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

India: 158 all out in 30.3 overs (Rohit 0, Dhawan 21, Kohli 5, Dhoni 4, Yuvraj 22, Jadhav 9, Pandya 76, Jadeja 15, Ashwin 15, Ashwin 1, Bhuvneshwar 1*, Bumrah 1; Amir 3/16, Junaid 1/20, Hafeez 0/13, Hasan 3/19, Shadab 2/60, Wasin 0/3, Zaman 0/25). Against India, they continued in the same vein.

"Let's hope we can put our "A" game again together tomorrow - because if we can, and I said it before the England game, we can beat anybody".

"Mohammad Amir is a big-match player", said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.

"That was an aberration".

Pakistan's Champions Trophy victory could encourage the world's top cricket nations to resume touring the country, captain Sarfraz Ahmed says.

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

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman". "He felt he was in the zone today and he could have done something really special and that's why the disappointment came out".

Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat. "So you have to accept losses, you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they've shown better skill than you, they've shown better composure in pressure situations than you".

Pakistan's bowlers weighed in on them and took the mighty Indian batting line-up apart.

"I told him to play his natural game, just the way he would in domestic cricket". Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase. We have practised the same way from the first day we came here.