After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir's figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets. This is the least we could do, " said Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez. The way they turned things around speaks volumes of the talent they have in their side.
Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win".
Contrary to everyone's expectations, Pakistan stunned favourites England by registering a resounding eight-wicket win to enter the finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy here at the Sophia Gardens, Cardiff on Wednesday. But Pakistan supposed weakest suit shone bright as they built the platform for a formidable total.
"Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes". The coach wasted no time in contacting the naval headquarters and informing them that the young left-hander would be more valuable to the country's batting order rather than on a naval boat. If you make the finals, you've played really good cricket. But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it s better for the team in the future.
He added: "We wanted to inspire the whole nation because we have been missing this for the last nine years with no cricket at home".
# Amir got rid of Shikhar Dhawan for 21, putting India in a spot of bother at 33/3. It was the unsafe Amir who turned out to be Oval's nightmare for the Indian team.
There was a still a seat-of-the-pants element to Pakistan's progress, though, and it was not the greatest surprise when the stand ended with a run-out mix-up in which both batsmen were stranded at the same end.
India won the toss and elected to field.
Leg-spinner Shadab took a wicket with his sixth ball when Yuvraj Singh (22) was lbw, although it needed a Pakistan review of an original not out decision.
Fakhar Zaman scored a maiden global ton, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez scored fifties, Babar Azam scored 46 as Pakistan put up 338.
After that Zaman didn't look back, first it was a 128-run partnership with Azhar Ali, and then a 72-run partnership with Babar Azam which put Pakistan on top.
Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76, reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out. Azhar Ali got run out after he scored a good innings of 59 runs of 71 balls.
Fakhar rode his luck when he was caught behind off a no-ball on three. He also raced to his 100 off just 92 balls with the help of 12 fours and two sixes.
The unsafe Pandya seemed to be in mood to reshape the innings however his brilliant knock was thwarted by the misunderstanding of running between the wicket as he got run out after scoring 76 runs of 43 balls.
Hafeez smashed 3 sixes and 4 boundaries during the course of his innings.