Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan wallop India in one-sided final to win the Champions Trophy

Amir bowled Pakistan to a shock victory over India in the Champions Trophy Final at The Kia Oval yesterday - less than five miles from his darkest moment as a sportsman.

Pakistani cricket fans cheer as they watch on screen the Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India, on June 18, 2017.

They were eventually dismissed for 158, with 19.3 overs to spare.

Arthur, had few doubts the left-armer would deliver on his abundant talent, even if he had missed the semi-final win against England with a back injury.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: "After the India match in the group stage, I told the players the tournament hadn't finished yet".

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.

"We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".

India still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from the Pakistan fans made clear that the end was nigh. "We can not take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. He has always been world-class, a big-match player.

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Zaman was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumhrah had over stepped.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawan's opening partner after the youngster aggregated 252 runs in four matches at an impressive strike-rate of 113.

"I think it'll be massive (for Pakistan cricket)", Arthur said.

India have done well chasing down targets so captain Virat Kohli opted to put his rivals in to bat first. "Furthermore, the terrorists can not win and cricket must not give up on Pakistan", Clarke had said. The duo began cautiously and went three overs without a boundary. "Ben Stokes has emerged as one of, if not, the best all-rounders in the world". Yuvraj Singh seemed timid and slow.

The only bright spot for India was the performance of Pandya, who clubbed six sixes in a thrilling counter-attack before being run out in a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

He would have been run out for one if Kedar Jadhav's throw from cover had hit and he was caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball on three.

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. It was after Ali's dismissal in the 23rd over, for a 71-balll 59 - via a run out, that Zaman - playing his fourth worldwide innings, switched gears and set Pakistan on course for a sizable total.

Pakistan have been starved of global 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.

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