Pakistan thrash India to win Champions Trophy final

India had thrashed Pakistani side by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day global century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the ideal platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final. One would never know what if Kohli had chosen to bat first and what if Jasprit Bumrah had not bowled an early no-ball.

Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.

A spectacular bowling attack easily defended a solid total of 338, bowling out India inside of 31 overs for just 158.

Meanwhile, reflecting on India's tournament as a whole, Kohli insisted: "We can (still) be very proud. and we leave here with our heads held high".

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"Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today".

Pakistan won the match by 180 runs. So you can only do so much, as I said, as a bowler and as a captain when that is happening, Kohli did sound a tad helpless trying to explain Zaman's performance. The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side came into the tournament as eighth ranked and stunned everyone to register an emphatic win. This is the least we could do, " said Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez.

Chasing 339, India's top-order were undone by some brilliant bowling from Mohammad Amir who dismissed the in-form trio of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Shikhar Dhawan.

Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.

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.

India continued to lose wickets at the regular intervals.

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Pakistan pace spearhead Mohammed Amir broke the backbone of the Indian batting line-up and laid the foundation for his team's historic win.

Hardik Pandya was the top-scorer for India with 76 runs before he was run out by Hasan in the 27th over after a mix-up with partner Ravindra Jadeja.

128 The opening stand between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan's first century stand for the first wicket against India in an ICC ODI event.

Fakhar responded with two overs of circumspection and then two more which brought him three fours and two sixes as he suddenly put his foot down against India's two specialist spinners on his way to a century, which arrived when he swept Ravi Ashwin ferociously to the fence again.

He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Pandya to Jadeja, running back from point.

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Inzamam ul Haq‏: This is what I envisioned for Pakistan, a team that can take up any challenge and fightback like they mean it. The same England batsmen, who batted with flair and finesse through the tournament, came a cropper in a high stake semifinal.

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