Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

At that point it really was embarrassing for Pakistan and seemed to give them little to no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals with India and South Africa expected to dominate the group.

"Fakhar is a great impact player".

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.

They didn't stop there as they came out with their best show in the final to bag their first Champions Trophy title. You don't need to look elsewhere than Aamir, the 25-year-old, who ripped through the Indian top-order in his first spell of fiery fast bowling on a flat surface where no Indian bowler could extract anything.

The rest of the Pakistan attack were irresistible, backed up by excellent fielding, all in front of a vibrant, raucous and enthusiastic capacity crowd.

An awesome win for Pakistan against all the odds! It was the sort of start the Pakistan batsmen were looking for and they got it with a bit of assistance from the Indian bowlers.

Hasan Ali added 3 more wickets to his tally, ending the tournament with 13 wickets - the joint-most in a Champions Trophy edition with Jerome Taylor.

The hockey team nearly always entered a tournament as one of the favourites, while Pakistan boasted the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Javed Miandad back in 1992. That was until Amir got to work. 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.

After Yuvraj Singh was given lbw on review to leg-spinner Shadab and MS Dhoni holed out off the pace of Hasan, the contest was as good as done.

Fakhar failed to let the horror mix-up deter him - striking Ravindra Jadeja for six over long on and following up with a brace of boundaries as Pakistan raced up to 150 in the 26th over.

Fakhar Zaman scored the first ODI century of his career and what a way to do it!

Caught off a no-ball on three, left-handed opener Fakhar went on to make an impressive 114.

Mohammad Hafeez, averaging 30 in the tournament, whacked 57 not out off 37 balls. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.

"We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions". Credit to the team management for boosting us well.

Pakistan legend Wasim Akram on Twitter: "Wow, wow, wow - unbelievable performance by team green". Maybe the 1992 World Cup triumph will forever remain their pivotal moment, but this was no less extraordinary. "I am over the moon".

Barring Zimbabwe, no other country has visited Pakistan after the terror strike on the Sri Lanka team bus in March 2009.

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