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Pakistan ‘pressure’ got to India, says Kohli

Mickey Arthur hailed Pakistan’s turnaround from their opening ICC Champions Trophy defeat to India as “remarkable” after they clinched the title with a stunning victory over the same opposition in Sunday’s final.In fact, India defeated Pakistan in by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston, which made the Green’s championship win even harder to predict.Amir, who missed Pakistan’s eight-wicket semi-final win over England with a back spasm, finished with three wickets for 16 runs in six overs.Zaman, however, had his share of luck when he was got a breather at 3 after Jasprit Bumrah got him caught behind on a no-ball.Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London’s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord’s, was superb.Khan claimed that the strong Indian top order including Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni departed in quick succession according to the “fixed” plan. “Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the final but today we were outplayed in all departments”.Richardson said: “What we want to do is differentiate our global events from each other so that they can be standalone and create maximum interest every time the event happens”.”The biggest thing on display today is @TheRealPCB’s heart”.This Champions Trophy went ahead as scheduled despite a terror attack at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, on May 22 that killed 22 people.”This performance will be remembered long by both Indian and Pakistani fans Pakistan ‘ve made this #CT17 truly memorable”, Afridi said.”Congratulations to Team Pakistan on their great performance in winning #CT17 And how wonderful to watch Fakhar’s raw talent in action”, Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan tweeted.”It’s always a bad feeling when you get out or the batting doesn’t work collectively and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way”, said the top-ranked one-day batsman.Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India’s top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.Read the full Inquisitr match report on Pakistan’s spectacular 180-run domination of arch-rivals India by clicking on this link. “Hardik Pandya struck huge sixes because he was not part of the plan”, he opined. He ended up with a knock of 76 runs off 43 balls.