Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
U.S. | By Monique Johnson

Champions Trophy team of the tournament

Champions Trophy team of the tournament

Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

Pakistan opening batsman Azhar Ali has been run out in comical fashion during the final of the Champions Trophy against India at The Oval.

If left-handed opener Fakhar rode his luck at times, he also produced an array of superb shots, notably in a first-wicket stand of 128 with Azhar Ali.

Mohammad Hafeez whacked 57 not out off 37 balls, Babar Azam 46, and Imad Wasim 25 not out, as the last 10 overs netted 91 runs, giving Pakistan's bowlers - its strength - an impressive total to defend.

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wicket-keeper), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Dinesh Karthik, Mohammed Shami, Ajinkya Rahane, Umesh Yadav.

Opening batsman Fakhar blasted 114 off only 106 balls with some extravagant strokes before Pakistan went on to post 338-4 - the biggest total of the tournament and their second-highest ODI total against India - from their 50 overs after being asked to bat by Virat Kohli. We never took anyone lightly. "No matter what they bring, we are believing in our abilities", Kohli said.

The green shirts set up a daunting 339-run target with a loss of four wickets for the men in blue, but Indian batting collapsed under a calculated bowling attack, with all men out for just 158 runs in the 31st over.

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.

But Pakistan made one change, with the fit-again Mohammad Amir returning from the back spasm that saw him mis Wednesday's impressive eight-wicket semi-final win over previously unbeaten tournament hosts England in Cardiff.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an unbelievable tournament".

"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win".

For Pakistan, they will need to match India's pressure in the field. Many Indian fans are now tweeting congratulatory messages for the winning team but also showering the Indian team with love.

India were at the receiving end at The Oval, just as they were in Johannesburg in 2003 in the World Cup final against Australia, when they lost by 125 runs, which was the previous highest margin (in terms of runs).

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