Amir times Kohli dis­missal to per­fec­tion in big fi­nal

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runs with two fours in three matches against Amir.

“If we could get amongst the In­dian top or­der early we could prob­a­bly ex­pose the mid­dle or­der that hadn’t bat­ted a fair amount, and Amir was the guy that could do that for us,” said Pak­istan head coach Mickey Arthur.

“In the first two games, he (Amir) didn’t get a wicket but he had bowled par­tic­u­larly well. We were al­ways think­ing it was one spell in some­where, and the spell came thank­fully to­day at the start of a fi­nal. We put In­dia on the back foot and cer­tainly gave us up­per hand,” added Arthur.

Amir had clearly worked out Kohli. The big­gest of bats­men are al­ways vul­ner­a­ble to any ball that is back of length, pacy and moves off the seam.

Amir de­liv­ered two such de­liv­er­ies in suc­ces­sion. The first ball flew off Kohli’s edge but Azhar Ali dropped a sit­ter at first slip. Kohli played a false stroke the next ball, cross seam­ing and mov­ing. The flick went to point and Pak­istan play­ers went deliri­ous with joy.

Amir bowled all of six overs on Sun­day and all in one sin­gle spell. His 6-2-16-3 had done enough dam­age. Pak­istan needed three killer de­liv­er­ies and Amir pro­duced the magic that only he can. In­dia never re­cov­ered from 33 for three. Pandya’s glo­ri­ous in­nings was only like a shoot­ing star. Amir’s wick­ets re­flected his per­son­al­ity. He has con­quered per­sonal

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