Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

The top order of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and captain Virat Kohli came to the final having combined for 874 runs, more than 80 percent of the team's tally in the tournament.

Pakistan, who entered in the tournament as ranked eight team, had opened the group stage campaign with a huge loss of 124 runs via Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method against India.

In a stunning manner, Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at London's Kennington Oval on Sunday.

Coach Micky Arthur praised the spirit of his side after they bounced back from a humiliating defeat to India at the start of the tournament to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa and England before the final.

A maiden hundred from novice worldwide opener Fakhar Zaman and then Mohammad Amir's superlative new-ball spell of three for 16 proved way too much for hot favourites India, defeated by 180 runs at The Oval.

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.

It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns.

He said: "It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm just so proud of the boys". "We've been through [his past] before but what I do know is that Amir is a big-match player".

Pakistan have upset the odds by beating India in the final to win the Champions Trophy.

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Then one ball after Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan.

In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

India's lone loss so far in this tournament, featuring the world's top eight one-day global nations, was at The Oval when they suffered a surprise seven-wicket defeat by Sri Lanka on June 8.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, on the other hand, said that they too would have elected to bowl first had he won the toss, adding that they are looking forward to posting more than 300.

"Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today".

Pakistan then prove it's possible to bat on a used pitch, with Fakhar making his second fifty in as many matches, as they cruise to victory with 77 balls to spare.

"This performance will be remembered long by both Indian and Pakistani fans Pakistan 've made this #CT17 truly memorable", Afridi said.

Hardik Pandya hit a go-for-broke 76 off 43 balls, including six sixes, but his career-best slog was stopped when he was run out by teammate Ravindra Jadeja.

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