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

Pakistan stun India to win Champions Trophy final

Pakistan stun India to win Champions Trophy final

Title-holders India lost two star batsmen in Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli as Pakistan's Mohammad Amir reduced them to six for two inside three overs during the Champions Trophy final at the Oval on Sunday.

"I think great things went for me and my team and my country", Sarfraz told reporters after a win made all the more astounding by the fact Pakistan had suffered a 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

These numbers indicate their utter dominance in the two biggest games of the tournament, against two of the toughest opponents: they beat England by eight wickets with 77 balls to spare in the semi-finals, and thrashed India by 180 runs in the final.

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

Earlier, left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman's 114, his maiden ODI hundred, was the centrepiece of Pakistan's 338 for four after Kohli won the toss and fielded.

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years. That flying start and some late hitting by Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) set the stage for Mohammad Amir to begin the evisceration of India's batting with a spell of three for 16 in six overs that included Kohli.

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The win also gives Pakistan their first 50 over trophy since the World Cup back in 1992, and will certainly go some way to moving them out of their current 8th spot in the world ODI rankings.

"Rarely have I seen Pakistan deliver such a clinical performance in a tournament decider and annihilating hot favourite India came as a pleasant surprise", he added. We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today.

"We played some really good cricket but we're not going to take anything for granted for sure".

Sarfraz Ahmed hailed Pakistan's Champions Trophy victory as historic, hoping that it would encourage teams to tour the nation hereafter.

Hardik Pandya helped drag his side from the edge of the abyss with 76 runs, but Pakistan bowled out India for 158 to score a remarkable victory.

Pakistan thrashed arch-rivals India by 180 runs to win the worldwide cricket tournament at The Oval in London, U.K. on Sunday.

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A few Pakistan fans stormed the ground to greet their cricketing heroes only to be neutralised by the bouncers on the ground. On a lifeless wicket, Pakistan got a muchneeded lifeline early on in their innings and they kicked off from that point.

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Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.

The two quick wickets of Yuvraj and Dhoni had India at 54-5 and with no realistic chance of winning the contest. On a lifeless wicket, Pakistan got a much-needed "life" early on in their innings and they kicked off from that point.

Babar Azam joined Fakhar, who lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.

Special arrangements were made to broadcast the final live in community halls, cinemas and parks across Pakistan.

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