Pakistan rout India for Champions Trophy title

India blew the chance to seal a clean sweep as victory would have made Kohli's team world No.1 in one-day and Test cricket. The whole team deserves to celebrate well beyond the Eid festival next week as the players richly deserve their victory. One such Bollywood star was Rishi Kapoor, who angered a lot of Pakistanis by referring to the Indian team as the Baap of the Pakistani team.

But they responded with victory over South Africa and a thrilling defeat of Sri Lanka to reach the last four, before easily seeing off one of the pre-tournament favourites in hosts England in the semi-finals.

"It's a great, great team effort from where we came from because we knew after losing the first game [in the group stage to India], we were nowhere. We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, while we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, who's knock was outstanding", he said. "This is the least we could do".

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years. The previous instances came in Champions Trophy 2000 (Ganguly and Tendulkar) and 1979 World Cup (Mike Brearley and Geoffrey Boycott).

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Complimented by contrasting styles, the conservative Azhar Ali and offensive Fakhar provide the ideal foil for each other. But they were more for a post-match inquest than any strong catalytic points for the massive 180-run defeat. "This is the first ICC event for many of these players". While Fakhar won the Man of the Match Award on Sunday, pacer Hasan Ali, who finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps, walked away with the Player of the Tournament Award.

Pakistan have been starved of worldwide cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues and Mohammad Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public.

Instead, those who gathered at the religious community center in Rawalpindi delayed the food in order to watch Pakistan's historic win over India at the Champions Trophy on a giant TV screen. "It's a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us", the wicket-keeper added.

114 Zaman's score, the fourth-highest by a Pakistan batsman in a World Cup or Champions Trophy game, and the first hundred for Pakistan in the final of these tournaments.

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Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, lifts the Champions Trophy with his team-mates.

With Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman also coming of age, Pakistan's batting lineup appears to have the right blend of youth and experience, boosted by the solidity of former captains Azhar, Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it s better for the team in the future.

"We played some really good cricket but we're not going to take anything for granted for sure". "But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India", Raju Verma, an auto driver, told AFP.

"When we arrived here (in England), we were No 8 and now we are the champions", said the 30-year-old gloveman.

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