Pakistan played 'perfect game' in CT win: Gilchrist

Pakistan won the trophy quite unexpectedly given their past record against India in ICC tournaments.

Over the past decade India has dominated the cricketing rivalry and was the firm favourite going into Sunday's final, making victory all the sweeter for Pakistanis. For young and talented Pakistani cricketers like Mohammad Amir, Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali playing in the desert sands of Abu Dhabi can never be compared with the thrill of winning in Lahore or Karachi. Under the section, any individual who by words, either spoken or written, or by signs, or by visible representation, or otherwise, brings or attempts to bring into hatred or dislikeness to the Government established by law in India, shall be punished.

The win came as mainly Muslim Pakistan prepares for Eid after the fasting month of Ramadan - though for many fans, the festival had already arrived. This was Pakistan's largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005. Pakistan literally took the wind out of India sails by outplaying them by 180 runs.

India conceded 25 extras, including 13 wides.

Fakhar rode his luck for a spellbinding 114, caught-behind from a no-ball on three and escaping a run-out chance with just a single to his name in Pakistan's total of 338 for four at the Oval. Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza has gained three slots to reach 15th position among bowlers while opener Tamim Iqbal has moved to 16th position among batsmen, a gain of one rank after a continued good run which saw him score 70 against India in the semifinal and finish with 293 runs in the tournament.

The Marathi daily said the Indian cricket team should have blatantly refused to play against Pakistan. It was only an inch or two; it was only for a while. Their performance in the field was equally selfless.

The most recent global success for Pakistan in one-day cricket before Sunday was the 1992 World Cup win under Imran Khan. "Obviously nobody was rating us and they were writing us off, but once again I give all the credit to the team management for boosting us after the India game, especially our bowlers". Whatever the result, we have to go forward and play more games after.

Outbursts of jingoistic rhetoric and political showdowns between Islamabad and New Delhi have fanned the rivalry over the decades, despite the two nations' shared cricketing heritage prior to their violent rupture on the creation of Pakistan at the end of British colonial rule in 1947.

The president also felicitated the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and team management.

Vanessa Coleman

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