Pakistan leapfrogs to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings


Pakistan leapfrogs to sixth place in ICC ODI rankings

"We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day".

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 global century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

However, he bowled the spell of the competition as he accounted for the India's top three - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. After losing their opening game against India by 145 runs, they staged a remarkable turnaround, winning their next three games against Sri Lanka, South Africa and England, in the semifinal, quite convincingly.

Praising Pakistan for their brilliant all-round performance in the Champions Trophy final here on Sunday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said the green brigade can upset any team on their day.

"It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final", Kohli said.

India lost to Pakistan in ICC Champions Trophy final by a huge margin and it has been in the news, over the internet in the past few days.

Arthur admitted Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe to toe with tournament favourites India with the title up for grabs.

"Pakistan has unearthed new heroes in a span of 14 days", said Afridi, "From Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Ali and Shadab Khan, Pakistan has shown the world its rich talent and pedigree".

He said: "It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm just so proud of the boys". Fakhar Zaman is a great impact.

Dhawan and Hasan had won the Golden Bat and Golden Ball trophies for finishing as the most successful batsman and bowler, respectively, while Tamim was selected after driving Bangladesh to their maiden semi-finals in a major International Cricket Council event.

"We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game".

"I'm really happy for all of Pakistan because they've been waiting for this for a very long time".

Amir struck just three balls into India s reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger.

Pakistan had entered the tournament ranked eighth on the ICC ODI Team Rankings, but courtesy its victories against higher-ranked sides, finished in the sixth place, which means it now looks well set to qualify automatically for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Fakhar makes a confident 31 on ODI debut and Pakistan are well ahead of where they need to be, at 119 for three off 27 overs, when rain sees them win under the Duckworth/Lewis rule.