Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Champions Trophy final: Mohammad Hafeez hails Pakistan spirit for India stunner


Mohammad Amir removed all of India s top three as Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

London, June 18 (IANS): Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and win the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 cricket tournament here on Sunday.

By the time Sarfraz took the final catch, off the bowling of the tournament's leading wicket-taker Hasan Ali, who finished yesterday with 3-19 and the Champions Trophy with 13 wickets, there was barely an Indian fan to witness it.

Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.

But Sharma was out for a duck off the third ball, Kohli went for 5, and Dhawan, the player of the 2013 tournament and a candidate for this one, was out for 21.

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Left-hander Fakhar Zaman, playing in only his fourth ODI, smashed 114 off 106 balls and top-scored in Pakistan's 338-4, before India crumbled to 158 all out. After the game, India skipper Virat Kohli had explained that he chose to go with just one spinner, as the Pakistanis have players who generally are good players of spin bowling. "We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely", Kohli said.

India were strong favourites after beating Pakistan easily during the group stages but captain Kohli said luck was not on their side.

"Hopefully this win, everyone will remember - not today, not tomorrow, but for a very long, long time", said Sarfraz, the wicketkeeper who held the final catch that sparked wild celebrations.

The omens weren't good at the toss as India made Pakistan bat first. "We knew the calibre of players we had so we just had to keep believing".

India blew the chance to seal a clean sweep as victory would have made Kohli's team world No.1 in one-day and Test cricket.

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India then lost two wickets for no runs in four balls to be 54 for five inside 14 overs.

"So you can only do so much, as I said, as a bowler and as a captain when that is happening".

Leg spinner Shadab Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh right in front but the umpire denied Pakistan's appeal.

Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76, reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

He was caught behind off Bumrah on three but replays showed the paceman had bowled a no-ball. During a no-fear, enterprising innings he struck 12 fours and three sixes to pull apart a sub-standard India bowling attack.

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He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Pandya to Jadeja, running back from point.

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