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Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed against a Pakistan side they had thrashed by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

Former captain and cricket legend Imran Khan was all-praise for Fakhar Zaman, whose 114 lifted Pakistan to an impressive start against India. "Twenty-five extras is a bit too much in a game like that, and that's something that we certainly need to take care of in the future. So, hopefully, this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all [cricket] playing nations will come to Pakistan", the Dawn quoted Sarfraz, as saying.

On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

Meanwhile, Mohammad Amir tore apart the famed Indian top three, shaking India to the core as Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan headed back to the pavilion. He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.

In fact, he got only a single wicket in three matches that he played, giving away 167 runs from 29 overs.

Both the batsmen didn't spare any of the Indian bowlers, except Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and scored on all parts of the ground. "So you have to accept losses, you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they've shown better skill than you, they've shown better composure in pressure situations than you". Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15 shortly afterwards.

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"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the ideal icing on the cake", remarked Sarfraz.

But it was fellow paceman Hasan Ali, the player of the tournament having kickstarted Pakistan's revival in their group-win over South Africa, who ended the match with more than 19 overs to spare when he had tailender Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Arthur said on Sunday: "It's been an up and down ride for us, but so proud of the boys".

"I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters", he said. The way they turned things around speaks volumes of the talent they have in their side.

Earlier, Fakhar made the most of an early reprieve after Kohli won the toss and sent Pakistan in on a typically good Oval pitch, with the sunny conditions seemingly ideal for batting.

The prime minister expressed the confidence that the Pakistani cricket team would continue to put in their best in all formats of the game in the days ahead.

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