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

CT 2017: Bustle fades from Kolkata roads before India-Pakistan final


"We played very well and now we have won the final", Sarfraz said.

A wounded Pakistan will be out for revenge while India will aim to maintain their dominance when the arch-rivals meet in the final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at the Oval on Sunday.

"We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions".

It was then over to Amir, who quickly dispelled the predictions of many that India could pull off a tournament and ground-record run chase - in the process silencing the majority support in a sell-out crowd for this high-profile showdown as their team folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs. Credit to the team management for boosting us well.

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Pakistan can dare to dream of returning to England to win the World Cup in 2019, but more important even than that is a future which sees global tours returning to their country for the first time since the deadly terror attack in Lahore during Sri Lanka's 2009 visit.

Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed.

India lost their last four wickets for the addition of only six runs.

He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five.

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Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed believes his side?s crushing victory over India in the Champions Trophy final would serve as a catalyst to bring back worldwide cricket back home. The batting department for Pakistan under the likes of opener Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman followed by Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez will look to flourish against India having got to good starts in the previous matches but failing to build lethal partnerships.India, on the other side have looked a balanced side with both their batting and bowling departments having managed to click throughout the tournament.

Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 72 for six.

Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan's first Champions Trophy win.

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.

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Little went right for them, in fact, from the moment Kohli put Pakistan in on a glorious morning.

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