Pakistanis rejoice after team hammers India in Champion's Trophy

Cricket: Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

Cricket: Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

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. "They have been brilliant, and my fellow coaching staff and management team have been fantastic, as well", a sense of satisfaction was palpable in his voice.

Out for 3 in the fourth over of the Champions Trophy final, he walked away from the celebrating Indians then stopped to watch the replay on the video screen at The Oval.

India won the toss and elected to field.

In his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website, the swashbuckling all-rounder cautioned other cricketing nations to not take the Green Brigade lightly as on their day they have the potential to outshine any good side. The opening pair put on 128 runs before Azhar Ali was run out for 59 runs.

In the semi-final against England, Zaman scored a run a ball 57 and shared a 118 run opening stand with Ali to help Pakistan chase down 212 comfortably.

India's bowlers had little to cheer about, with Bhuvneshwar Kumar the pick of the bunch, finishing on 1/44 from 10 overs including two maidens. Pakistan's margin of victory is their biggest by runs in 129 ODIs against India.

India's top three batsmen - Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and captain Virat Kohli - came to the final having combined for 874 runs, more than 80 percent of the team's tally in the tournament.

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Yuvraj then fell LBW on appeal to 18 year old Shadab, and Dhoni hooked out to the leg-side boundary to leave India utterly on the ropes at 54-5. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

KRK tweeted to say, "Virat Kohli should be banned from playing cricket for lifetime for selling pride of 130Cr Indians to Pakistan".

Just two weeks ago, Pakistan were at a low ebb after crashing to a humiliating 124-run defeat against India in the group stage.

A number of former cricket captains on Monday said the historic victory of Pakistan cricket team has given a new identity to Pakistan cricket and re-established its status as one of the best cricket teams in the world.

"We showed great character".

"They kept on believing, they kept on trusting their roles, they kept on trusting the game plan that Saffy and I had set up", Arthur said.

Fakhar Zaman, the little-known left-hander who made his debut in their second game, lit up a showpiece match with 114 from 106 balls.

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