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Pakistan crush India to win the ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan crush India to win the ICC Champions Trophy

Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed to 33 for three and 54 for five against a Pakistan side they had thrashed by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets, including the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah caught by Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, and went on to win the tournament's Golden Ball award at the top bowler throughout the competition.

But Sharma was out for a duck off the third ball, Kohli went for 5, and Dhawan, the player of the 2013 tournament and a candidate for this one, was out for 21. What actually happened was that newbie opener Fakhar Zaman, playing his fourth global innings, hit 114 from 106 balls in one of the highest-pressure cricket matches of the decade, before a bristling middle order grew the total to 338 for 4, with hitherto unsuspected power and skill.

Fakhar and Azhar shared an opening stand of 128, their second in a row in triple digits after 118 in the semifinal win over England.

The opening pair broke two records ─ one for the best score posted by Pakistani openers against India in an ICC tournament (86 runs), and the second for the best partnership against India in an ICC tournament when 100 came up for Pakistan in the 18th over.

After Fakhar caused Azhar to be run out on 59, he took out his frustration on India, notably spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team but we've got a group of players here who are fantastic".

That was when Zaman was out having made his maiden ODI century and making 114 from 106 balls.

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All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm.

Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan's team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India.

Arthur said: "I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight - they deserve it". "When they (Indian team) had won the toss, why they did not opt to bat first?", questioned Ankit Singh, an angry cricket lover. Pakistan's chase was held together by Javed Miandad, who was on 110 off 113 balls when he needed a four to win off the last ball from Chetan Sharma. "I took my time to begin with, you look at the wicket, and then play your natural game".

This was Pakistan's largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005.

Fakhar responded with two overs of circumspection and then two more which brought him three fours and two sixes as he suddenly put his foot down against India's two specialist spinners on his way to a century, which arrived when he swept Ravi Ashwin ferociously to the fence again.

Earlier, Fakhar rode his luck after Kohli sent Pakistan into bat at a sun-drenched Oval. Credit to Pakistan. They outplayed us.

The left-hander, who was playing only his fourth one-day game after debuting in the tournament, returned to the crease much to the delight of the Pakistan fans.


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