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Zaman, Amir propel Pakistan to rout India for first Champions Trophy title

August 21 2017, 06:32 | Van Peters

There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an incredible tournament".

"Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was fantastic", Kohli said.

Pakistan's players celebrate their victory over India on the pitch after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017.

"If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle order that hasn't batted much in this competition, so that's pretty much our aim and focus", Arthur said.

"I mean, 25 extras is a bit too much in a game like that, and that s something that we certainly need to take care of in the future".

No matter what the official global television audience is for the final - wildly speculative figures exceeding one billion people have been reported - the match will bring cricket lovers in at least two countries to a standstill when it gets underway at 7.30pm AEST (late afternoon India and Pakistan Standard time). We just weren't good enough on the day.

He added: "We wanted to inspire the whole nation because we have been missing this for the last nine years with no cricket at home".

Babar came out of the opener's shadows, but after Shoaib Malik and he holed out in the off-side deep, Hafeez (57no) hit four fours and three sixes to turn Pakistan's promise into the 300-plus substance required against India's powerhouse batting line-up in these run-fest conditions.

He trapped Rohit Sharma leg before wicket for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five. Fast bowler Mohammad Amir has recovered fully from the back spasm and has been recalled in the playing XI in place of Ruman Raees.

# Kedar Jadhav scored 9, Ravindra Jadeja 15 and R Ashwin was dismissed for 1.

Fielders made several mess-ups in the outfield while bowlers failed to bowl at the right line throughout the innings as a result arch-rivals Pakistan managed to score a healthy total.

Apart from Pandya, no other Indian batsmen could play freely and were found struggling against a steaming Pakistan bowling attack.

His transformation into a hero was complete as his final tally was six overs, two maidens, 16 runs and three wickets.

June 07, Edgbaston: Beat South Africa by 19 runs- Hasan Ali, with three wickets, leads a brilliant bowling display as bottom-ranked Pakistan hold the top-ranked Proteas to 219.

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.

"Congratulations to Team Pakistan on their great performance in winning #CT17 And how wonderful to watch Fakhar's raw talent in action", Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan tweeted.

He shared a first-wicket stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59) and then put on 72 with Babar Azam (46) for the second. Pakistan lost that match by 124 runs (D/L method) and openers Azhar Ali and Ahmed Shehzad put up 47. He took his guard and also took his time before unleashing a breathtaking innings of 114 off 106 balls.

Hafeez smashed 3 sixes and 4 boundaries and helped Pakistan set a monstrous target of 339 runs for the Men in Blue to defend the title.



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