Hafeez hails Pakistan spirit for India stunner

Australian cricketing legend Adam Gilchrist on Monday credited Pakistan's adaptability and perseverance in the face of domestic challenges as key to their rout of favourites India in the Champions Trophy.

"It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final", Kohli said. "They've been brilliant, and my fellow coaching staff and management team have been fantastic as well".

In the ODI player rankings, India opener Rohit Sharma, who scored 123 not out in the semi final, has gained three slots to reach 10th position while pace bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar (up four places to joint-19th) and Jasprit Bumrah (up 19 places to 24th) are the others to gain.

The bowlers then produced a superb spell as they reduced the much-vaunted India batting line-up to just 158 all out to win by a massive margin of 180 runs.

Pakistan have been starved of worldwide cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues and Mohammad Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public.

India still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from the Pakistan fans made clear that the end was nigh.

A section of Indian cricket fans reacted to Pakistan's convincing victory over India in the final of the Champions Trophy on Sunday by smashing television sets in protest but the Indian captain was sporting in defeat, congratulating the Pakistani side for its performance and acknowledging that the Indian team would have to learn from its mistakes and move on.

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If turning things round since then has been impressive, to turn fortunes round since their opening match against yesterday's rivals, when they were thrashed by India by 124 runs, has been even more so.

"Our team has presented us with a best gift in the holy fasting month of Ramadan", said Shabbir Ali Asghar, a 14-year-old student, as he watched the final with friends on television in Rawalpindi.

Pakistan, which won the 1992 World Cup, has played as a team in exile since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore. Hope all nations now come and play cricket in Pakistan, Sarfraz said at the post-match press conference. I am one of his best mates and we really wanted him in the team.

Fakhar Zaman's 114 became the 40th century for a Pakistan batsman against India in an ODI match. "They can upset anyone on their day", Kohli said after the match.

"We have got a group of young players".

"You learn with every cricket game that you play", Kohli said. After he was gone at 152, India managed only six more runs and survived for only 24 more balls.

Dhawan was out to an Amir cross seamer, and India was 33-3.Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni could still rescue India, but Singh was hit pad first by spinner Shadab, confirmed by video review.

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