Pakistan wins Champions Trophy, crushes archrival India

Pakistan stun defending champions India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan stun defending champions India to win Champions Trophy

But he put that behind him here with a magical spell of three for 16 in his first five overs, removing India's top three batsmen - first Rohit Sharma, then Virat Kohli, followed by Shikhar Dhawan.

Pakistan head coach Micky Arthur praised his side's resolve after they recovered from that 124-run hammering by India at Edgbaston to win effectively four knockout matches in succession.

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

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.

Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan's opener along with Azhar Ali, had a remarkable knock, scoring a century in just his fourth appearance at an ODI match.

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Mohammad Hafeez, averaging 30 in the tournament, whacked 57 not out off 37 balls.

India's current skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said the final of the ICC Champions Trophy is expected to be a "well-contested" game.

India's star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had a return to forget, his 10 wicketless overs costing 70 runs. Fakhar Zaman was the beneficiary of the Indian largesse and he ensured the Indian team paid the price for it, as much as for their wayward bowling. The Pakistan openers capitalized on the lucky break by attacking Bumrah but Bhuvaneshwar Kumar held his own at the other end.

0 quicker fifties in an ICC ODI tournament final than Hardik Pandya's 32-ball half-century.

Kohli escaped a dropped catch at slip in Amir's next over, only to be athletically captured at point by 18-year old Shadab Khan the very next ball.

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Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, including six huge sixes, to give India hope of a dramatic revival but he was run out following a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and left the arena shaking his head in an obvious state of frustration.

Amir was the man doing the damage, Pakistan's talisman taking three wickets to rip out India's top order.

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first worldwide century.

Leg-spinner Shadab took a wicket with his sixth ball when Yuvraj Singh (22) was lbw, although it needed a Pakistan review of an original not out decision.

India should have had a wicket when Fakhar was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah on three.

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

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