Hafeez hails Pakistan spirit for India stunner

Virat Kohli in a press conference ahead of the final against Pakistan

Pakistan's captain and wicket keeper Sarfraz Ahmed (left) celebrates with teammate Shadab Khan after taking the catch to dismiss India's Kedar Jadhav during the ICC Champions Trophy final.

But Pakistan batsman Hafeez says his team-mates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday.

Hasan Ali, the player of the tournament who kickstarted Pakistan's revival in their group-win over South Africa, then ended the match with 19.3 overs to spare.

Opener Fakhar Zaman, playing only his fourth One Day International, mixed fearlessness with sensibility and smashed 114 from just 106 balls to help his team post a mammoth 338 on board. They 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.

Sharma, the tournament's second-top scorer behind opening partner Shikhar Dhawan, fell for a three-ball duck when left-arm paceman Amir, having bowled a couple of outswingers, had him lbw with an inswinger. I said when we arrived here, we have nothing to lose and we have nothing to lose today too.

India, for all the strength of a top-order featuring skipper Virat Kohli, the world's top-ranked ODI batsman, had much to do against one of the best bowling attacks in this eight-team tournament if they were to retain their title.

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

Pakistan thrashed favourites India by 180 runs to clinch the Champions Trophy title in a thrilling competition at London's Oval ground on Sunday.

The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease.

India managed just two more runs before the final wicket sparked wild scenes in South London.

"Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the finals - (but) we were outplayed in all departments".

"It's a great, great team effort from where we came from because we knew after losing the first game [in the group stage to India], we were nowhere. Obviously the same bowlers are going to play, but the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it's better for the team in the future".

"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win".

When asked about the 27-year-old's blitzkrieg, Kohli said that it becomes hard to contain an unorthodox batter like Zaman.

Arthur played down his own role by adding: "This isn't about me and my career; it's about 15 unbelievable players in that dressing room".

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