Mohammad Hafeez: Champions Trophy triumph is for all of Pakistan

Srinagar cheers Pakistan victory as gloom hits India

Srinagar cheers Pakistan victory as gloom hits India

Hardik Pandya swings his bat in frustration after being run out during the ICC Champions trophy cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London.

Pakistan thrashed arch-rivals India by 180 runs to win the worldwide cricket tournament at The Oval in London, U.K. on Sunday.

All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm.

With this win, Pakistan completed quite the turnaround having lost to India by a huge margin in their first match of the tournament.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.

"The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world's finest players in live action".

Naturally, the newspapers of Pakistan went on the celebration mode.

"Remember, this is the same team that barely qualified for the tournament, started as the lowest-ranked team in the fray, and was handed a 124-run drubbing in the opening match by India", he pointed out.

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338 Pakistan's total, their highest in any tournament final, and their second-highest in an ODI against India.

Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of global cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds.

Amir also had Shikhar Dhawan (21) caught behind with a cross-seam delivery, teenage leg-spinner Shadab Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh (22) lbw on review and India were doomed when MS Dhoni (4) was caught on the pull for four off Hasan Ali - the tournament's leading wicket-taker.

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. "Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket", former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said.

India had three players in batsmen Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, together with seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar, in the ICC team. Still, he admitted, "the way they turned it around was unbelievable". "In Sarfraz, it now has a captain who can perhaps take the team to unprecedented glory in the years ahead", he said.

Praising Pakistan for their brilliant all-round performance in the Champions Trophy final here on Sunday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said the green brigade can upset any team on their day.

In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs. "We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today". With victory by 180 runs in the final, Sarfraz Ahmed lifted their first 50-over trophy since the 1992 World Cup.

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