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One bad game doesn’t change anything, says Rohit Sharma following CT loss

The Indian openers failed to provide the start needed to chase such a total.

Mohammad Amir of Pakistan
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18 : Mohammad Amir of Pakistan shouts as he dismisses Rohit Sharma of India during the ICC Champions Trophy final match between India and Pakistan at the Kia Oval cricket ground on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma has urged fans to detest the final result and treat it as just another loss. Rohit took to Twitter stating that the Men in Blue have performed impeccably in the tournament and one defeat doesn’t change anything. Team India lost the finals of the CT 17 against arch rivals by a mammoth margin of 180 runs.

Despite being one of the favourites of winning the tournament, India lost to Pakistan in a one-sided affair at The Oval. What was supposed to be a high-octane clash ended up being a rather monotonous, with the Indian batsmen putting up a disastrous show with the willow.

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The Indian batting looked rather vulnerable from the beginning. The openers failed to provide the start needed to chase such a total. Skipper Virat Kohli also perished with a single digit score. It was Hardik Pandya who ignited the hopes amongst fans with his brief 50. However, the Pakistani bowling department proved how lethal they can be. They played as a unit and the victory was a result of their hard work.

Following the loss, skipper Kohli was quoted as saying at the post-match conference, “I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final.”

Much to everyone’s surprise, the Men in Green put up an impeccable show with the bat. Openers Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali were clinical at the top, setting the course for a big total. Zaman looked at the top of his game forging two successful partnerships to help Pakistan put up 338 runs on the scoreboard at the end of 50 overs. Zaman registered a 128-run partnership with Azhar Ali, and then a 72-run partnership with Babar Azam, providing his much-needed impetus to the batting order.

The bowling department also put up a lethal performance to restrict the Men in Blue to a meagre 158. The Pakistan team played as a single unit and the victory was a result of their hard work.

Here’s the tweet from Rohit Sharma:

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