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

Pakistan thrash India in cricket Champions Trophy victory


Sport looks at Pakistan's remarkable run to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title.

Pakistan head coach Micky Arthur praised his side's resolve after they recovered from that 124-run hammering by India at Edgbaston to win effectively four knockout matches in succession.

Pakistan leapfrogged Sri Lanka and Bangladesh to move closer to direct qualification for the 2019 World Cup, for which host England and the next seven highest-ranked sides as on 30 September will get straight entries.

"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". Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well.

The former captain told Sky Sports 2: "It's a great, great team effort from where we came from because we knew after losing the first game, we were nowhere".

India might have been higher-placed in the ICC team ranking in ODI cricket, but they were completely outplayed by Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final.

Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a century by opener Fakhar Zaman to post a massive total of 338/4 in the allotted 50 overs.

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

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Ali played smartly and contributed 59 runs in his 71-ball knock.

Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.

Pandya is followed by Yuvraj Singh and Shikhar Dhawan, who racked up 22 and 21 runs respectively before being dismissed.

India's wickets tumbled with alarming regularity. Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15 shortly afterwards.

When the fit-again Amir, who missed his side's semi-final win due to a back spasm, removed India's unsafe top three in a magnificent opening spell, Pakistan were in complete command.

Registering their largest margin of victory in the 129 one-day matches Pakistan has played against India, the victory had fans in Pakistan dancing in the streets, waving Pakistani flags and setting off fireworks.

Even Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the leader of the Kashmiri separatist Hurriyat Conference, checked in via Twitter to express his satisfaction at Pakistan's extraordinary and unexpected win in Champions Trophy final, the second-most prestigious event in world cricket, behind only the Cricket World Cup. After the India game, we came back superbly. "One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition". The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have. "We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day". On a lifeless wicket, Pakistan got a muchneeded lifeline early on in their innings and they kicked off from that point.

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