Pakistan Cricket Team Shocks India To Win Champions Trophy

Pakistan Cricket Team Shocks India To Win Champions Trophy

Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, 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.

Mohammad Amir then reduced India to 33 for three by dismissing their much-vaunted top three, with Rohit Sharma out for a duck and opposing skipper Virat Kohli, the world's top-ranked ODI batsman, falling for just five.

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 am confident that the faith and trust of the Pakistan cricket team will be strengthened with this performance of the side", Sarfraz said.

This Champions Trophy went ahead as scheduled despite a terror attack at a pop concert in Manchester, northern England, on May 22 that killed 22 people.

"It might not be necessary to continue with two 50-over tournaments going forward".

A very happy @SarfarazA_54 has a message of thanks for all the Pakistan fans after their #CT17 triumph. He is naturally a very aggressive batter and he stuck to his strength even when the chips were down.

Sarfraz paid tribute to the influence of a coaching staff led by Mickey Arthur, who took charge shortly before Pakistan's tour of England a year ago, where a Test series was shared but the ODI campaign lost 4-1.

Lauding Pakistani batsmen, the great cricketer said that they played every ball the way, it deserved. When we arrived here, we just played like we have nothing to lose.

"Pakistan, meanwhile, has a team that can develop into one of the top three teams by the time the 2019 World Cup is played in England".

But Arthur insisted that reverse had been an "aberration".

"They kept on believing, they kept on trusting their roles, they kept on trusting the game plan that Saffy and I had set up", Arthur said. Arthur replied: "Yeah. But look, it's not about me and my career, it's about 15 unbelievable players in that dressing room who have been absolutely fantastic for the last one year". The other 5 finals have been won by the chasing team. In a dismal final, Hardik Pandya was the only bright spot A moment of miscommunication between Hardik and Jadeja resulted in an easy run out for Pakistan.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord's, finished with three for 16.

"It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final", Kohli said. After scraping to the last-four with some luck but plenty of pluck, Pakistan were expected to cave in against England, the only unbeaten side in the tournament till that stage.

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