Indian captain Virat Kohli said that Pakistan were the better sides on Sunday final match of the Champions Trophy 2017 at The Oval. The Indian team was crashed after scoring 180 runs chasing a total of 339 runs.
Kohli said about Pakistan team for a comeback with good deals on the day and never let India off the hook. “Credit to the opposition. They had to earn their win and made us make those mistakes in the way they bowled and put pressure on the field.”
Top three Indian players Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Kohli were smashed by Mohammad Amir. Kohli said “Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase. One good partnership would have been to key to set it up nicely.”
Talking about early wickets that affect the match, Kohli said: “When Hardik started hitting, everyone started getting the feeling that if we can take the game deep then we can get closer to the total.”
In the match, India’s batsmen Hardik Pandya’s innings was only the real and positive performance. He had scored 76 off 46 balls in an innings with big sixes, but he became out after a partnership with Ravindra Jadeja.
After Hardik’s out, it’s effectively signaled the end of India challenge. He also repeated that India was beaten by a better side at The Oval. “We have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today.”