Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Pakistan Defeat India To Win Champions Trophy

Pakistan Defeat India To Win Champions Trophy

Sunday's match could attract a worldwide television audience of more than a billion viewers.

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They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 338 for four, which featured Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day worldwide hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level. And to think, Zaman nearly didn't play the final.

Former skippers Misbah ul-Haq and Shahid Afridi also heaped praise on the Pakistan team.

Credit goes to Pakistan Cricket Board, its leadership, team management, captain and all the players who took the challenge and made it possible for pride Pakistani nation.

Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, lifts the Champions Trophy with his team-mates. India, though, has far more trophies. The previous highest was registered by Australia when they thrashed India by 125 runs in the 2003 World Cup final in Johannesburg.

The win came as mainly Muslim Pakistan prepares for Eid after the fasting month of Ramadan - though for many fans, the festival had already arrived.

And while a hugely powerful India line up still fancied their chances on a decent wicket, their confidence was left in ruins after a thrilling burst from Amir to rip the guts from the response.

India won the toss and elected to bat, deciding their strength lay in the chase.

But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a huge mix-up with Jadeja saw the all-rounder, to his evident fury, run out for 76. But then fixer Jadeja made him run out to get defeated 4sure. Harbhajan Singh whiffed at the next two balls and was better at exchanging verbals with fielder Shoaib Akhtar. He took just 32 balls to slam fastest half-century of the ICC finals. Harbhajan sent the penultimate ball sailing over midwicket and India into the final. But the Pakistanis consoled culprit Azhar and reset.

When Kashmir hosted its first global cricket match, an ODI between India and the West Indies in October 1983, the Srinagar crowd had raucously supported the visitors.

2014 Asia Cup, Dhaka. Saeed Ajmal was bowled first ball, and new man Junaid Khan got off the mark with a single, giving Shahid Afridi the strike against offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

The final flourish was provided by veteran Mohammed Hafeez (57 off 37) with help of four boundaries and three sixes.

"He's fine", Kohli said.

Having gone into Sunday's showpiece at The Oval as underdogs, Pakistan produced a sensational all-round performance to comprehensively defeat their great rivals by 180 runs and win the 50-over event for the first time.

Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Virat Kohli (5) were snuffed out by Amir in a devastating first spell with three brilliant deliveries. "I think this is something we wanted to do because the millions of people at home were waiting for this". A total collapse of the much-feared Indian batting line-up, set up by Mohammad Amir who removed the top three batsmen, restricted them to 72 for six, and threatened to cut their innings short before reaching triple figures.

"We've seen some really surprising results and it's been awesome for the fans to watch and for the players to be a part of", Kohli said. They worked really hard after the first defeat.

Sarfraz Ahmed is hoping Pakistan's surprise victory in the Champions Trophy final can be a game-changer for his country's cricket future.

"Don't worry about the India match".

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