Nation rages as Pak defeats arch-rival India in Champions Trophy

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Pacer Mohammed Shami who had a little hand to play in Team India's CT 2017 campaign couldn't certainly take it.

Their confidence was dented when they suffered a thumping loss to arch-rivals and neighbours India in their opening match of the campaign and the limp performance put Pakistan's chances of reaching the semi-finals in severe jeopardy.

In India nearly all print media went easy on Kohli and his team, crediting Pakistan's performance though the front-page of the Hindustan Times screamed "Obliterated at the Oval: India humiliated by Pak". The south Asian nation claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009.

Pakistan was seeded eighth out of the eight teams in the tournament.

"I think great things went for me and my team and my country", Sarfraz told reporters after a win made all the more astounding by the fact Pakistan had suffered a 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4. And not only for the players but also for the fans, who have not been able to identify with their heroes, because they just don't get to watch global cricket at home. But also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don't see global cricket.

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"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", Richardson said. "We are so excited when we win and so devastated when we lose". We trusted the players. Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management. Thank you for making me fall in love once again and providing another memory which would bring a smile to my face for the rest of my life.

Even as Pakistan were rampaging towards a 300-plus total in the Champions Trophy, penalty corner specialist Harmanpreet Singh and forwards Talwinder Singh and Akashdeep Singh scored a brace apiece as India flayed Pakistan 7-1 in a Pool B clash to storm into the quarter-finals of the Hockey World League Semi-Final in the same city.

The country has a tradition of producing exciting fast bowling talent and 25-year-old Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan, 27, can be expected to spearhead the pace attack at the next World Cup.

Fans of Indian cricket team were clearly not pleased with India's defeat at the Champions Trophy and the locals in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur and Uttarkhand's Haridwar broke their TV sets and protested after Pakistan's win.

Specifically pointing out the performance of Fakhar Zaman, Shadab Khan and Hasan Ali, Sarfraz said he was quite glad with the way they performed in the tournament and guided Pakistan to victory.

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