Everyone was heartbroken when we lost our first match against India. Pakistan’s performance was not only heart-wrenching it also made everyone concerned about the future of Pakistan cricket. The match was rather a one-sided affair and India outclassed Pakistan in every department comfortably enough.
Then next, Pakistan had to play against South Africa, the team ranked on the top and known to be the best. Everybody had low expectations, some didn’t even watch the match. But then, a miracle happened. We won against the best team with 19 runs under Duckworth-Lewis method.
Then they roared against Sri Lanka to enter semifinals. Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan turned the game entirely with their bowling. The game changing spell and Pakistan’s much improved performance made us win the game against Sri Lanka this time and the team entered the semifinals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.
For finals, we had to beat England, which seemed nearly impossible. Facing and winning against the only unbeaten team in the champions trophy wasn’t easy but Pakistan team was motivated and determined. Raees, Fakhar and Hassan again became the source of our joy and played their part in winning against England. Everyone was amazed, stunned and surprised when the world’s 8th ODI team Pakistan chased down their target beautifully and defeated England.
The replacements were a good decision as well and helped us improve. Fakhar, Raees, Hassan, Junaid Khan and Mohammad Amir won the hearts of millions of fans across Pakistan and we loved their motivation and winning attitude. The credit also goes to the coach Mickey Arthur who worked hard to make team what it is today.
This is Pakistan for you, my readers. Unpredictable yet brilliant. No one can believe that it is the same team who lost awfully against India in the first match. No body knew that they’d work their weaknesses out with determination and bounce back even stronger, more powerful than ever. The team who looked so fearful, not-so-motivated in the first match has transformed entirely into a fearless and motivated group of shaheens who are ready to fly high.
While fans are celebrating the magnificent win of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh are getting ready to face each other in the second semi-final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. The winning team will play against Pakistan in the final. Fingers crossed and hopes are very high.