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Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan crush India with devastating bowling display

Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan crush India with devastating bowling display

Not many had backed Pakistan to go beyond the group stage in the Champions Trophy, but the team led by Sarfraz Ahmed enjoyed an extraordinary revival after its disastrous opener.

"Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today". Boys you made us happy & proud. Only once in Trophy history has a team batting first won the final; India in 2013.

Azhar also continued his fine form in the tournament, reaching his fifty off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.

Fakhar targeted spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (0-70) and Ravindra Jadeja (0-67), hitting three huge sixes and a further 12 boundaries on a flat pitch before falling to Hardik Pandya. Indian batting line completely collapsed as half of their team was back in the pavilion when the score was 54. Fakhar, out to a nice catch on the run by Jadeja behind square, scored 114 off 106 balls.

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Azhar Ali also scored 59 off 71 and after his departure Babar Azam also put some notable contribution in the board with 46 off 52.

Once Amir had devoured the three in a superb opening spell of six overs, it virtually ended the match as a contest.

Amir, who received a five-year ban from all cricket and served three months in prison following a conviction for spot-fixing in 2010, removed Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli.

Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

Brooks for the win
Hot enough to burn back Matsuyama's charge and Harman's relentlessness. "I just couldn't stand the fact that I'd only won once". I think Tiger [Woods] had the best winning percentage of all time at 30 per cent, and you're lucky to even sniff close to 10.

Since the departure of captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan from the 50-over format in 2015, Pakistan slumped to ninth in ODI rankings and barely managed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, contested by the top eight sides in the rankings.

After two unbelievable overs by Amir, India were seven for the loss of two wickets.

"The extras are something that s never a good feeling to concede so many. We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely", Kohli said.

"They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today". "We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions", said Sarfraz.

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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.


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