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Pakistan Beat India To Win ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan Beat India To Win ICC Champions Trophy

Gaining sweet revenge over India, Pakistan thrashed their arch rivals by 180 runs at The Oval to win the Champions Trophy for the first time.

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.

Bottom-ranked Pakistan produced a breathtaking display at London's Oval on Sunday in the climax of a tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide nations.

Just two weeks ago, Pakistan were at a low ebb after crashing to a humiliating 124-run defeat against India in the group stage.

Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep.

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

That was until Azhar was run out after a awful mix up but Fakhar put that behind him kicking on to score his maiden ODI hundred.

Fakhar was given a reprieve when he was caught behind with only three runs to his name, but Jasprit Bumrah (0-68) over-stepped and that proved to be very costly.

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Fakhar would hit 114 until a loose stroke saw him gift his wicket to Hardik Pandya.

Today's match was a one-sided affair, with Pakistan outperforming India in all three departments.

It was compelling shot-a-ball viewing, several not necessarily despatched in the intended direction.

"Even with the ball they came out, they were really aggressive initially, they got those early breakthroughs".

"Amir was the guy that could do that for us", said Arthur.

Zaman top scored with 114 while his fellow opener Azhar reached 59.

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.

Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.

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But Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, took Pakistan well beyond 300.

"Players like Fakhar Zaman, Shadab [Khan], Hasan Ali, all these players deserve to be recognised for their performances; that they were playing their first ICC tournament and nobody expected us to perform the way we did with a young team". But for a guy like Zaman, it becomes really hard to stop players like him, because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high- risk and they were all coming off.

"I think this is something we wanted to do because the millions of people at home were waiting for this".

"The whole group kept believing".

"We're scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games", he said.

Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat.

This is also the biggest by any team in an ICC ODI tournament final and 5th biggest in any ODI final. "The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said. "We want to be more consistent as a team".

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