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Team India will surely make a comeback: Pakistan captain's uncle

19 June 2017

As Virat Kohli said in the post-match conference, it was just the probing, aggressive bowling display by Pakistan that did the Indian batting in.

There has not been an worldwide match in Pakistan since a 2009 attack on Sri Lanka's team bus killed six policemen and injured seven cricketers. It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us.

There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan. It's a very important boost for us to win this.

Azhar had a run-out scrape too, on 29, when Rohit missed the stumps from midwicket this time as Pakistan's frenetic start continued.

"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through".

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As the final wicket fell, Oval, immersed in a'Sea of Green', was euphoric in its celebration along with those eleven on the field. Zaman was streaky in the beginning against India with a lot of top edges but overcame his troubles to play a courageous knock.

Put into bat, the Men in Green had a flawless start as both Azhar Ali and Zaman shared a 128-run opening stand to put their team on road of a massive first innings-score.

But Sharma was out for a duck off the third ball, Kohli went for 5, and Dhawan, the player of the 2013 tournament and a candidate for this one, was out for 21.

India never recovered from the 25-year-old's spell, and Arthur revealed it was all part of a plan. Ashwin and Jadeja got a pounding from Zaman, who would clear his front leg and muscle the deliveries through on-side, occasionally hitting the inside out shot through extra cover. "So, it is a good sign for us, guys can replace other guys", he said. He is a big-match player. "When the game is on the line, the more he performs, the more amped up he gets. He has proper big-match temperament and he showed that on the biggest stage".

"Small margins can be massive but we've only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes".

Junaid was introduced to the attack as he removed Jadeja who was caught by Babar Azam after he scored 15 runs.

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif meanwhile issued a statement congratulating the team, saying they "deserve the nation's profound gratitude and appreciation".

"They had an wonderful tournament".

"So everyone is aware of the kind of talent they have in their team, and on their day they can beat any side in the world".

Yet not matter how well we pulled ourselves together in this crucial competition, we must not lose sight of the fact that the team, just like the cricket Board, is practically falling apart.

"We just had to keep believing ... they kept on believing, trusting their roles (and) trusting the gameplan that "Saffy" (Sarfraz) and I had set up".

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Team India will surely make a comeback: Pakistan captain's uncle