India wins toss, elect to field in Champions Trophy final

The platform was there. “If he is not fit, then we have to move on”, he added.”Everyone desires composure, not just me”. And then it just worked for Pakistan. It feels like deja vu after winning the 1992 World Cup. We all wanted to do something for the nation. Amir had been ruled out of Pakistan’s semi-final against England due to a back spasm during a practice session.Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rohit, 0.3), 2-6 (Kohli, 2.4), 3-33 (Dhawan, 8.6), 4-54 (Yuvraj, 12.6), 5-54 (Dhoni, 13.3), 6-72 (Jadhav, 16.6), 7-152 (Pandya, 26.3), 8-156 (Jadeja, 27.3), 9-156 (Ashwin, 28.1). To be honest, it was a teamwork. Their ferocious displays over South Africa and Bangladesh, if repeated in the Final will see them victorious. That game gave us the momentum.”It’s tough to describe this feeling in words”. This brings us united.”I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an unbelievable tournament”.Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Twitter: “Congratulations to the Pakistan team and the whole country for such a great win”.”Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase”, Kohli said.We were okay (when asked if he was under pressure before the start of the match). And this performance was exceptional. Zaman even got in some spin bowling, stepping in when an injured Imad Wasim couldn’t finish the 20th over. I am sure it is going to be jam-packed in Pakistan, the roads will be full and I can’t wait to go home. “We have not decided about (playing him)”, Mahmood was quoted as saying by espncricinfo. “He has proper big-match temperament and he showed that on the biggest stage”. They were all writing us off and we were like don’t write us off yet.”It’s a great team effort”. Plus our fielding is fantastic. I can’t wait to go home.Here, they recovered from a humbling defeat by India in their opening game with similar tenacity. Confident skipper vowed to put a good score on the board saying hopefully we can post more than 300.”Amir was the guy that could do that for us”, said Arthur. We’re happy with the brand of cricket we’re playing.The victory is all the sweeter for Pakistan because they have not been able to play worldwide matches at home for eight years due to security fears. We’ve got the monkey off our back in terms of qualifying. We don’t take oppositions for granted and today is no different.Fakhar and Azhar shared an opening stand of 128, their second in a row in triple digits after 118 in the semifinal win over England. Hasan Ali bowls with a big heart. I think it will be a very interesting game. And Fakhar played like he does in domestic cricket.’ Many people felt we couldn’t beat India.Below AFP Sport looks back at five memorable one-day global matches between the Asian cricket giants.Sport looks at Pakistan’s remarkable run to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title. All credit goes to my bowlers, Amir, Hasan Ali, Shadab, Junaid, Hafeez, they bowled really well. “We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions”, said Sarfraz. Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management.”This is very important for me as a captain and for everyone else as a team“.”I want to dedicate this win to everyone in Pakistan“, he replied when asked whom he would name this achievement.Companies still wanting to air their ads will be paying a higher rate than those who pre-booked, said the person, who did not want to be named, citing business confidentiality.