Pakistan Cricket Team Shocks India To Win Champions Trophy

India captain Virat Kohli bats during the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal match between Bangladesh and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham England Thursday

India captain Virat Kohli bats during the ICC Champions Trophy semifinal match between Bangladesh and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham England Thursday

These numbers indicate their utter dominance in the two biggest games of the tournament, against two of the toughest opponents: they beat England by eight wickets with 77 balls to spare in the semi-finals, and thrashed India by 180 runs in the final.

Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.

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. I told them trust their talent.

Pakistan, who will aim for more ODI glory in England at the 2019 World Cup, looked anything but tournament winners after their opening loss.

"When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions", said the 30-year-old gloveman. "However, our batting and bowling were up to the task today", he concluded. Pakistan added 91 runs to their total in the last 10 overs to set India a target that had never been achieved in the final of an ICC tournament.

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"Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets - and I did it", said Amir.

"The credit goes to my boys; they're learning very well and they work hard.When superstars play, it is easier to guide them during a match because they don't need much guidance; they already know how to cope with high-pressure situations".

The biggest heroes for Pakistan were rookie opener Fakhar Zaman and left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir.

India eventually collapsed to 158 all out as they suffered their heaviest defeat in terms of runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.

Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn't resist Amir's persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a "not out" lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India's hopes were fading fast at 54-4.

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Matches between the two old rivals is never a boring one with the adrenaline hitting record highs every time . I am very hopeful of their win especially after the way India have played in the tournament so far.

"But if there is one thing you can say about the Pakistan cricket team, it is that it exists to confound everyone".

Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off successive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.

The left-hander failed to let the horror mix-up deter him - striking Ravindra Jadeja for six over long on and following up with a brace of boundaries as Pakistan raced up to 150 in the 26th over.

Earlier, Fakhar rode his luck after Kohli sent Pakistan into bat at a sun-drenched Oval.

Wickets continued to fall cheaply - MS Dhoni falling into a leg-side trap on the pull and Kedar Jadhav top-edging an attempted pull off Shadab before Pandya struck three sixes in a row off the spinner to post a 32-ball fifty, the fastest in a world ODI final.

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Fakhar shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unleashed a barrage of attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground to give Pakistan real hope of upsetting the defending champions.

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    He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Hardik Pandya and Jadeja, running back from point, held a well-judged catch. It was compelling shot-a-ball viewing, with several not necessarily dispatched in the intended direction.

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