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Pakistan play their "home" matches in UAE and Sunday's 180-run win against defending champions India was a flawless platform to send a strong message to the government in New Delhi.

Veteran batsman Mohammad Hafeez has dedicated Sunday's stunning ICC Champions Trophy victory over India to the Pakistani public.

Put into bat, the Men in Green had a flawless start as both Azhar Ali and Zaman shared a 128-run opening stand to put their team on road of a massive first innings-score.

Put in to bat by Kohli, Pakistan rode on an aggressive 114 from youngster Fakhar Zaman, who got an early reprieve. Azhar Ali (59), Mohammed Hafeez (57) and Babar Azam (46) also played solid to prop up the Pakistan innings as they put on board 338 for four.

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli have been exceptional with the bat so far, this season.

June 07, Edgbaston: Beat South Africa by 19 runs- Hasan Ali, with three wickets, leads a brilliant bowling display as bottom-ranked Pakistan hold the top-ranked Proteas to 219.

"I do know that when the game is on the line and the bigger the game the more he performs, the more ramped up he gets, so he doesn't shy away from pressure situations".

"Hopefully this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all playing nations will come and play us", said Sarfraz, 30.

But Pakistan collapse to 162 for seven before an unbroken stand of 75 between skipper Sarfraz (61 not out) and Mohammad Amir (28 not out) sees them win what is a virtual quarter-final.

An elated Sarfraz added: "After the India match when we lost in the group stage, I told my boys the tournament hadn t finished yet".

Amir, who missed Pakistan's semi-final win over England with a back spasm, had taken two wickets for four runs in eight balls and India were six for two.

India never really recovered from this triple blow, even though they had batting strength, with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin, all being recognised batters, following Kohli. Zaman and Azhar attacked the Indian bowlers from the word go and played fearless yet sensible cricket in the high-intensity clash against their arch-rivals. The previous best was 84, between Aamer Sohail and Saaed Anwar, in the 1996 World Cup game in Bengaluru.

"Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the finals - (but) we were outplayed in all departments".

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