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CT17 Final: Pakistan thrash India To Become Champion of Champions

Pakistan Win ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Pakistan lift the ICC Champions Trophy after beating India during ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

LONDON (AFP): Mohammad Amir removed all of India s top three as Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed to 33 for three and 54 for five against a Pakistan side they had thrashed by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.


Pakistan Team Group Photo With Champions Trophy 2017


Azhar Ali holds the Pakistan flag
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Azhar Ali of Pakistan looks on after Pakistan win the ICC Champions trophy cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017 (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Pakistan Team Champions Parade in Oval Ground
Pakistan parade the trophy in front of fans after winning the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval, London. (Photo by Steven Paston/PA Images via Getty Images)

Sarfraz Ahmed and his team pay thanks for their trophy


Fakhar Zaman was named Man of the Final
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman holds the trophy as he celebrates with Pakistan players on the pitch after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017.
Pakistan thrashed title-holders India by 180 runs to win the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.
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India were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan s 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman s 114, the left-handed opener s maiden one-day international hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

Pakistan Won ICC Champions Trophy 2017

Amir, who missed Pakistan s eight-wicket semi-final win over England with a back spasm, finished with three wickets for 16 runs in six overs.


Hasan Ali holds aloft the golden ball award
Pakistan’s Hasan Ali holds up his award for the Golden Ball winner at the presentation after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017.
Pakistan thrashed title-holders India by 180 runs to win the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.
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But it was fellow paceman Hasan Ali, the player of the tournament having kick-started Pakistan s revival in their group win over South Africa, who ended the match with more than 19 overs left when he had Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.


Mohammad Amir takes flight after picking up a wicket
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Mohammad Amir of Pakistan celebrates after claiming the wicket of India’s Virat Kohli during the ICC Champions Trophy Final match between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images)

Second time lucky: Mohammad Amir celebrates getting Virat Kohli


Sarfraz Ahmed poses with the Trophy


Muhammad Amir dismissed three of the world s top (ODI) batsmen in Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

“It s been an up and down ride for us but I m just so proud of the boys,” Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told Sky Sports.

Pakistan has All Three ICC Event Trophies

“We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly,” added the South African after Pakistan s first major global tournament success since they won the 2009 World Twenty20 in England.

An elated Sarfraz added: “After the India match when we lost in the group stage, I told my boys the tournament hadn t finished yet.

Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today. Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well.


ICC Champions Trophy 2017
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Detailed view of the trophy during the ICC Champions Trophy Final match between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Harry Trump-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

This was Pakistan s largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005.

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

Kohli accepted his side had been second best as he acknowledged Pakistan s “amazing tournament”.

Amir struck just three balls into India s reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger.

Then one ball after Kohli, the world s leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan.

Hassan Ali is Man of the Tournament

The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.

India then lost two wickets for no runs in four balls to be 54 for five inside 14 overs.


Shadab Khan celebrates with his captain after taking Wicket
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates with Shadab Khan after catching out Kedar Jadhav of India during the ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Hasan Ali throws his arms back triumphantly to celebrate a wicket
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18 : Hasan Ali of Pakistan celebrates after dismissing MS Dhoni of India during the ICC Champions Trophy final match between India and Pakistan at the Kia Oval cricket ground on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Philip Brown/Getty Images)

Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep.

Pakistan, who had lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council tournaments and started this event the lowest ranked of the eight teams involved, were now on the brink of a sensational win.

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

But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja saw him run out for 76.

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


caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball on three


Fakhar Zaman Man of The Final

Fakhar, the man-of-the-match, shared an opening stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59).

But the run-out Pakistan s openers had threatened arrived when Fakhar s failure to respond to Azhar s call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance.


Fakhar Zaman exults after reaching his century
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman celebrates reaching his 100 during the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Fakhar Zaman performs the sajdah to celebrate his century
Pakistan’s Fakhar Zaman falls to his knees and kisses the grass as he celebrates reaching his 100 during the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Ian KINGTON

Mohammad Hafeez launches one down the ground
LONDON, ENGLAND – JUNE 18: Mohammad Hafeez of Pakistan bats during the ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The 27-year-old Fakhar, however, put the setback behind him to complete a 92-ball hundred when he swept star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin for his 12th four.

Pakistan beat India 1st Time in ICC Event

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

But veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez s quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300.

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