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Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Virat Kohli

19 Juin 2017

"The belief just showed on the field the way they played together as a team and regardless of who you play in the finals, it's always going to be challenging because once you start thinking that it's a big game, then your mindset changes".

Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn't resist Amir's persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a "not out" lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India's hopes were fading fast at 54-4.

After man of the match Fakhar finished on 114, Pakistan pace bowler Mohamed Amir ripped the heart out of the India batting line-up with the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management. "They motivated us, and it passed on to my boys".

Registering their largest margin of victory in the 129 one-day matches Pakistan has played against India, the victory had fans in Pakistan dancing in the streets, waving Pakistani flags and setting off fireworks.

After his afternoon spell of 6-2-16-3, Amir didn't return to bowl.

Jadeja was out in the next over, as India's last four wickets went for six runs, medium-pacer Hasan Ali taking two of them to extend his tournament-leading tally to 13.

But the Pakistanis wrote off that defeat as an aberration.

Coach Micky Arthur praised the spirit of his side after they bounced back from a humiliating defeat to India at the start of the tournament to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa and England before the final. They are heroes in real terms and deserved the nation's patting on their back. "In his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan", Sarfraz added.

Zaman's brilliant innings to smash a fearless 114 so almost did not happen when he was reprieved by a no ball from Jasprit Bumrah after being caught behind on three, in the fourth over.

By the time the defending champions were skittled for 158 in 30.3 overs, Hardik Pandya top-scoring with a brutal 76 off 43 balls, Pakistan looked anything but the eighth and bottom-ranked team in the competition.

With Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman also coming of age, Pakistan's batting lineup appears to have the right blend of youth and experience, boosted by the solidity of former captains Azhar, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik.

Pakistan's record-breaking 180-run win over arch-rivals and title-holders India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday completed a remarkable turnaround for Sarfraz Ahmed's side in the space of just a few weeks.

The sixth ever century in a Trophy final ended in the 34th over at 200-2.

The two featured in an unbeaten 71 run-stand for the fifth wicket off 47 balls to handle an improved bowling performance by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Co in the final ten overs.

Pakistan batsmen Mohammad Hafeez, right, and teammate Imad Wasim walk from the field at the end of their innings during the ICC Champions Trophy final.

As soon as the sun set and people broke their religious fast, large numbers came out to watch Pakistan seamers squeezing India in its run-chase.

In Amir's second over, Kohli was dropped at slip. They have been waiting for this for a long, long time.

Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Virat Kohli