Pakistan rout India to win maiden ICC Champions Trophy title

Mohammed Amir dismantled the top order, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan with pace and swing. Virat Kohli, who walked in next, was dropped on five by Azhar Ali at first slip.

Amir, who missed Pakistan's semi-final win over England with a back spasm, had taken two wickets for four runs in eight balls and India were six for two.

They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day global hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level. Batting first, Pakistan set up a mammoth victory target of 339 on the back of a scintillating century by the unheralded Fakhar Zaman. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.

After Yuvraj Singh was given lbw on review to leg-spinner Shadab and MS Dhoni holed out off the pace of Hasan, the contest was as good as done.

It was a day of pure joy for skipper Sarfraz Ahmad as Pakistan defeated India in the high-octane final of the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday.

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The victor of each of the three groups qualifies automatically, with the best second-placed team also going through. The Southampton midfielder and Young Lions skipper said: "It was a massive disappointment for me, that tournament".

India: 158 all out in 30.3 overs (Rohit 0, Dhawan 21, Kohli 5, Dhoni 4, Yuvraj 22, Jadhav 9, Pandya 76, Jadeja 15, Ashwin 15, Ashwin 1, Bhuvneshwar 1*, Bumrah 1; Amir 3/16, Junaid 1/20, Hafeez 0/13, Hasan 3/19, Shadab 2/60, Wasin 0/3, Zaman 0/25).

Zaman and Azhar Ali (59) gave Pakistan a solid start at the beginning as the duo scored 128 runs in the opening stand. He has some history with England and he added another chapter in that story; a chapter Pakistan and the entire cricketing fraternity will remember for a long time. "Things weren't happening for them and then they win a tournament".

He was reprieved on three, caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball, and went on to carve, slice and belt his way to a 92-ball century. The two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (0/70 in 10 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/67 in 8 overs) were then taken to the task with not a single wicket-taking delivery being bowled by the duo.

The hockey team nearly always entered a tournament as one of the favourites, while Pakistan boasted the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad back in 1992.

The war of words had always been there, but the curses, trolls, and uncalled for verbal volleys on social media have made an India-Pakistan tie into a very ugly affair in the recent past and it isn't much different in the build up to the ICCChampions Trophy final. Credit to the team management for boosting us well.

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Babar Azam (46), Mohammad Hafeez (57*) and Imad Wasim (25*) contributed with their willows.

"Hopefully this win will boost up Pakistan cricket and hopefully all playing nations are coming to Pakistan".

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment.

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

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