We tried our best but Pakistan outplayed us in all departments of the game. It’s no shame losing to a better team,” Kohli said in his post-match chat with reporters at The Oval.
India failed in two departments of the game that have won them matches in recent times. The bowlers failed to contain the Pakistan batsmen in the first 10 overs, lost the plot in the death overs and composure deserted the top-order batsmen when they chased Pakistan’s 338 for four.
Kohli said he was proud of India’s performance in the Champions Trophy and reiterated that “results can’t be guaranteed.”
India lost wickets in clusters and Mohammad Amir’s three for 16 gave Pakistan the start they wanted. Kohli himself threw caution to the winds after surviving a dropped catch at slips. He was out next ball trying to flick a ball that was back of length and on the off-stump.
Kohli said the team will analyse this defeat. The captain was worried that 25 extras were conceded and one of them, a no ball from Jasprit Bumrah, gave Fakhar Zaman the opportunity to smash a decisive century that left the defending champions befuddled.
“Can never tell in a chase what’s going to happen. Yes, we have shown the composure in pressure situations most often in this tournament, but that is no guarantee that you’re going to do it every time.