Amir times Kohli dismissal to perfection in big final
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