- Title: Pakistani PM praises cricket team as country celebrates win over India
- Date: 19th June 2017
- Summary: LAHORE, PAKISTAN (JUNE 18, 2017) (REUTERS) ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF BUSINESSMEN GATHERED TO WATCH MATCH CHEERING AFTER PAKISTANI TEAM WON MAN SAYING (English): "Happy Father's Day to India!" MEN CHEERING (SOUNDBITE) (Urdu) LAHORE BUSINESSMAN, OMAR KHALID SAYING: "Thank God Pakistan has won the match, and God willing Pakistan will continue to be successful in the future. Today we proved to India that we were their fathers, we are their fathers and will remain their fathers in the future!" CROWD CHANTING "PAKISTAN"
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- Keywords: India Pakistan cricket team win victory champions trophy Nawaz Sharif prime minister
- Location: MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA/ RAWALPINDI, LAHORE, PAKISTAN
- City: MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA/ RAWALPINDI, LAHORE, PAKISTAN
- Country: Pakistan
- Topics: Cricket,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA0026LY0RB3
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:**PART QUALITY AS INCOMING**
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who is in Saudi Arabia to perform a short pilgrimage, congratulated the Pakistani cricket team after their national team delivered a resounding win against India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday (June 18).
India, strong favourites to retain the title, were outplayed in every aspect of the game by a revitalised Pakistan side who they crushed in the group stage of the tournament two weeks ago.
The cricketing enmity between Pakistan and India has morphed into one of the world's greatest sporting rivalries. Former Pakistan skipper Waqar Younis once said matches between the two nations were neither sport nor war, but "somewhere in between".
Pakistan's unlikely victory comes at a time when the sport has been engulfed in crisis at home. The Pakistan Cricket Board is haemorrhaging money and several Pakistani cricketers have been accused of match fixing.
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