Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy

India suffered probably its most humiliating defeat with Pakistan in ODI history when it got thrashed by a whopping 180 runs in the final of the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at the Oval in England.

Fakhar rode his luck for a spellbinding 114, caught-behind from a no-ball on three and escaping a run-out chance with just a single to his name in Pakistan's total of 338 for four at The Oval.

Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja tried to stage a comeback with an 80-run stand, but it was never going to be enough.

After a 120-run loss to India at Edgbaston in the qualifying round, they went on to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and then India in the final.

As well as Kohli, their top order boasts the likes of dynamic opening pair of Rohit Sharma, fresh from a hundred in a nine-wicket semi-final rout of Bangladesh, and Shikhar Dhawan. Pakistan's opening partnership of 128 between Azhar Ali and Zaman was instrumental as they put up a big score.

Azhar Ali also scored 59 off 71 and after his departure Babar Azam also put some notable contribution in the board with 46 off 52. Zaman, in the fourth over, nicked Jasprit Bumrah to the keeper, only to be let off by no ball. Shoaib Malik and Babar Azam threatened to explode before they were claimed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kedar Jadhav respectively.

It was compelling shot-a-ball viewing, with several not necessarily dispatched in the intended direction. In Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan they have two of the finest new-ball swing bowlers around. "I'm so happy for the nation of Pakistan who have been waiting for this for a long time".

India was desperate for a foothold in the game when Pandya broke through, getting rid of Zaman as Jadeja took an excellent catch running back from point. In his 106-ball innings, Zaman hit 12 boundaries and three sixes.

Chasing 339 for victory, due in no small part to a disappointing bowling display, India sank to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.

Pakistan batsman Mohammad Hafeez: "It's a great, great team effort from where we came from because we knew after losing the first game, we were nowhere".

For a team that can t play worldwide cricket at home due to security issues, the victory has far-reaching implications.

"Credit goes to my boys".

Arthur is confident the India "aberration" is now behind Pakistan, who've also lost all three of their previous knockout matches at International Cricket Council tournaments against their fiercest foes.

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.

"The whole group kept believing". After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game.

India captain Virat Kohli said: "Pakistan had a good performance, I congratulate them".

They had an unbelievable tournament.

"The way they turned things around for themselves speaks volumes of the talent that they have in their side".

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