Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Pakistan rout India to win maiden ICC Champions Trophy title

Pakistan rout India to win maiden ICC Champions Trophy title

Preview: 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 in London on Sunday. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has recovered fully from back spasm and has been recalled in the playing XI in place of Ruman Raees.

Pakistan, however, have lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council events.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will also look to use his team's bowling strength to do the damage against an in-form Indian batting line-up.

India was the lopsided 4-9 favorite by English bookmakers to win a record third Trophy in a record fourth final, but Pakistan blew away all predictions and expectations with a win of stunning ease.

Pakistan thrash arch-rivals India to win ICC Champions Trophy
But just when it seemed good for the Pakistan team, Malik played a loose short off pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and gifted his wicket. Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four.


They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan s 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman s 114, the left-handed opener s maiden one-day worldwide hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

"We have played here before, one more effort to go and I'm sure the guys will give it our best shot", added Kohli. The Pakistan openers capitalized on the lucky break by attacking Bumrah but Bhuvaneshwar Kumar held his own at the other end.

Sarfraz, who had captained Pakistan to Under-19 World Cup 2006 triumph, especially credited the bowlers for dismissing India for 158. "I think that's the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more", the captain said.

India was never in the hunt with the bat, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both back in the sheds within 16 balls to leave the innings in tatters at 2-6.

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"That's the kind of players they have, we're quite aware of that". "We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day".

It was, all too briefly for India, eight for one when Fakhar went after a wide delivery from Jasprit Bumrah and edged behind - only to be reprieved by the no-ball call.

Fakhar overcame his early wobbles to share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century.

Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.

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The following morning, there were unconfirmed reports that said the team had voted unanimously to blow off the White House visit. They also chanted, "Let's go, Warriors!" standing on a blanket of blue and gold confetti. "But I'm going to enjoy this".


Any thought of the unlikeliest of victories was snuffed out when Pandya was run out by the length of the pitch after a mix-up with Jadeja.

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