There was something different about the latest Pakistan and India fixture right from the beginning. The usual animosity was replaced with relative geniality. Saurav Ganguly was defending Pakistan against Amir Sohail’s comments, Indians were standing up for Sarfaraz Ahmed against people making fun of his English and most Pakistanis were simply glad to be in the final – let alone think about winning it.
Things were so calm; Sarfaraz Ahmed even gave MS Dhoni his baby.
Everybody knew that India was going to win it and Pakistan was simply there to complete the formality of playing the finals of the Champions Trophy. The entire nation expected the worst when Fakhar Zaman nicked a ball outside his off stump for a regulation catch for MS Dhoni and he held on to the ball like it was Sarfaraz Ahmad’s baby.
But then everything changed – Indians showed that they also had no balls and Fakhar Zaman got a free hit instead of a lot of free s**t from fans. Boy! Did Fakhar Zaman make the most of the respite? Even Azhar Ali was hitting the ball all over the park. At one point, Azhar had 29 of 32 balls and Fakhar Zaman had 16 of 29 balls – finally proving the multiverse theory as clearly this match was being played in some parallel alternative universe.
Jasprit Mumrah, wait no Bumrah, could not do much with the ball but he managed to get Azhar Ali run out. Was a typical Pakistani batting collapse going to follow? Fakhar Zaman just caused his senior pro to be run out – was he going to go into his shell? Will we lose all momentum?
The answer was no to all of those and our star boy showed that he would not be weakened.
Fakhar got his century, but the real heroes were Ahmed Shehzad and Wahab Riaz. If they had not sacrificed their place in the team then we would have never performed this well in the tournament.
The blessings of Ramazan were in full swing for Pakistan.
Getting out on a no ball? Check.
Edges not going to fielders? Check.
Usually excellent Indian fielders missing out run outs? Check.
Clearly, the power of Ramazan was in full force and God was on our side. Pakistani fans dreamed of a 350, but then Fakhar Zaman got out and Hafeez came out to bat. Now Pakistanis started hoping for just 300, but this match was not being played in a universe where anything made sense. Mohammad Hafeez started hitting the ball for fours and sixes – a sight that has not been seen since the dawn of man.
Rishi Kapoor watching Pakistan bowl and field like pic.twitter.com/U2C4MQKwOe
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It seemed like none of the Indians was fasting because they were eating so many boundaries. The Pakistani fans were singing “Bumrah Bumrah maar par gayee Bumrah, aayai ho kis India say, oh…oh…oh… tum mmmm mmm?”
Pakistan ended with a score of 338 – a team you could not see scoring 250 a fortnight ago had now taken its arch rivals to the cleaners. Could they now do it with the ball? Even if they could not, this was a performance the entire nation could be proud of!
Rishi kapoor right now pic.twitter.com/DhTyeiC6dY