CT 2017: Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed thrilled with epic turnaround

Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan's adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy. "Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well".

The former captain told Sky Sports 2: "It's a great, great team effort from where we came from because we knew after losing the first game, we were nowhere".

When teenage leg-spinner Shadab then struck in his first over via DRS, hitting Yuvraj Singh pad before bat, and MS Dhoni pulled Hasan Ali (three for 19) for a tumbling catch in the deep, India were washed up at 54 for five.

Together with Azhar Ali (59), he put on 128 for the first wicket - Pakistan's highest opening stand against India in an ICC tournament - and it took a run out to separate them as Fakhar was guilty of ball-watching.

He was finally out in the 34th over, scoring 114 off 106 balls, including 12 boundaries and three sixes. "Hopefully this win will boost up Pakistan cricket".

Mohammad Hafeez - with a 34-ball 50 - and Babar Azam chipped in too to ensure Pakistan turned the promise into substance.

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has gained three slots to reach 15th position among bowlers while opener Tamim Iqbal has moved to 16th position among batsmen, a gain of one rank after a continued good run which saw him score 70 against India in the semifinal and finish with 293 runs in the tournament.

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Their hopes then rested largely on the shoulders of opener Shikhar Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to Sarfraz. Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 72 for six. Hardik Pandya kept up the fight with a hard hitting 76.

Hasan Ali, who kick-started Pakistan's revival in their group win over top-ranked South Africa, ended the match when he had Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Kashmiris, who traditionally support Pakistan in cricket, especially against India, took to the streets after the win waving Pakistani flags and chanting "Jive Jive Pakistan (long live Pakistan)" as fireworks exploded over Srinagar's skies.

A fortnight on from being thrashed by India in their opening group match at Edgbaston, Mickey Arthur's side looked a totally different team as they followed up their semi-final hammering of hosts England by trouncing the defending champions. "We've been through [his past] before but what I do know is that Amir is a big-match player".

Things didn't improve from there, with India all out for 158 in the 31 over, as Pakistan posted a massive 180 run victory.

Kohli accepted his side had been outplayed, saying: "I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters". "They had an incredible tournament". Zaman and Azhar were ready to use their feet and with no turn on offer whipped them on all parts of the ground easily.

"They made us make those mistakes with the way they were bowling, creating that pressure", he said.

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