Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

CT 2017: Firecrackers in Kashmir greet Pakistan's grip over India


Virat Kohli won the toss and asked Pakistan to bat first.

To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed after Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir removed the top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and captian Virat Kohli.

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.

A 180-run victory saw Pakistan claim the 2017 edition of the tournament in London.

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Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.

Pakistan, which has lost to India seven straight times in global tournaments, started shakily.

Arthur said: "It's been an up and down ride for us, but just so proud of the boys". Will they be good enough for the World Cup two years later?

So after coming into the tournament as rank underdogs - they entered just edging past West Indies as the lowest seed - Pakistan end up as the victor of the Champions Trophy 2017.

With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board.

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"We wanted to bowl first". Some teams might not have the best start but they come back amazingly - which Pakistan have done.

- KRK (@kamaalrkhan) June 18, 2017SRK said during commentary that Pandya will play good today. He expressed the confidence that Pakistan cricket team would continue to put in their best in all formats of the game in the days ahead.

Zaman made full use of the opportunity to punish the Indian attack on a day when it mattered most.His 114 off 106 balls had 12 fours and three big sixes with the maiden ton coming off only 92 balls. Aamir had missed the semi-final win against England.

A cricket enthusiast Chaudhry Mudassar said, "It was a great team work and Allah blessed Pakistan with a great victory". "We are ready with our plans for the match against India", a confident Sarfraz told the media at the Oval.

If the defending champions beat Pakistan today, then they will become the No. 1 ODI team by knocking South Africa off the top spot, reports the Guardian. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

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"If we had tried to train any more, it would have seemed we were panicking, and that's the last thing you want to do in those situations". "They've worked really hard to be there, to stand in the final, and I'm sure that every player is going to come out and give their 120 per cent, and if 11 players from both sides end up doing that, it's going to be an exciting encounter", he added.

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