Pakistan outclass India to win ICC Champions Trophy

It appeared India, chasing 339 to win, had had a lucky break when Kohli, the world's leading one-day worldwide batsman, was dropped on five by first slip Azhar Ali off Amir. Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman starred for Pakistan in the final.

A mercurial Pakistan on Sunday (June 18) outclassed defending champions India by a whopping margin of 180 runs in the final to lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy here at The Oval.

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli have been exceptional with the bat so far, this season.

"Not really, I told the boys that there was lot of cricket remaining to be played".

Amir took out all three of India's premier batsmen, bowled a maiden for figures of 6-2-16-3, then watched as his teammates mopped up.

Ashwin was brought in to hunt for wickets but he was played out and struck for a six in his first over.

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Talk about a comeback; talk about a friggin bolt from the blue, a bolt that carried on for four matches and marched Pakistan all the way to their first ever Champions Trophy title.

But the Pakistanis wrote off that defeat as an aberration. But luck was on Pakistan's side.

Sarfraz will pleased with the performances of the likes of Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali, who despite a lack of experience delivered on the big stage.

Pandya, who came in at number seven showed some of the form that India desperately needed; however, they needed that kind of an innings at the top of their order.

The Pakistan openers went off to a flier as Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali added 128 runs for the first wicket on a track that was very good for batting.

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

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However, India skipper Virat Kohli expressed disappointment after losing against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final but said that his team has just lost a game of cricket against a side which outplayed them.

Fakhar brought up his maiden century in his fourth one-day global by muscling a sweep of Ashwin for his 12th boundary.

And the new Champions of the ICC Champions Trophy is Pakistan. In between the two lead spinners, they were hit for 12 boundaries and five sixes.The second Powerplay (Overs 11-40) were fully utilised by Pakistan, who scored 191 runs and bulk of those came off the spinners. "Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket", former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said.

Mohammad Hafeez and Babar Azam also chipped in with handy contributions towards the end of the innings and helped their team go past 300 marks.

Zaman attacked, Azhar Ali anchored and India's bowlers tried and tried to no avail, the breakthrough finally coming through a run-out in which Zaman left Ali stranded more than halfway down the pitch.

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