Pakistan Defeat India To Win Champions Trophy

Pakistani players celebrate after winning the Champions Trophy at Oval, London, June 18, 2017.

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 captain Sarfraz Ahmed was all praise for his team for staging a dramatic comeback after the loss to India in the league stage.

Several worldwide players also praised the Pakistan team. "Hopefully, we can post more than 300", Sarfraz said.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs from 43 balls. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has recovered fully from the back spasm and has been recalled in the playing XI in place of Ruman Raees.

The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable. "Even with the ball, they were very aggressive", he added.

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 collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.

Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav followed each other back to the pavilion in quick succession as Pakistan tightened their grip on the proceedings. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

Riding on Zaman's maiden's century Pakistan pulled off an upset victory over India in ICC Champions Trophy final.

Mohammad Hafeez, not out on 57, and Babar Azam, out caught after making 46, were also major contributors in the final score of 338.

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said at the presentation ceremony. They played the ball according to its merit and made full use of the conditions despite losing the toss. "Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket", former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said. Then, with the spinners at work, the left-hander started to assert himself a lot more.

Zaman's figures of 3.3-0-25-0 were ruined only by Hardik Pandya hitting two consecutive sixes. Embraced aggression, freedom in play.

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical 1-44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls - almost three extra overs. Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India bowed down before the Pakistani bowlers and got all out for mere 158 runs in 33.3 overs.

The fact that Ben Stokes failed to hit a boundary in 64 balls showed how fine Pakistan's bowling was. He got a few streaky boundaries upfront but then settled in to give each Indian bowler, a mighty thwack. When you have got him coming on after the two left-armers, Amir and Junaid Khan, plus the leg-spinner Shadab, you have a serious bowling line-up.

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