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Pakistan crushes India to win Champions Trophy

19 Juin 2017

India played an unchanged XI from their 9 wicket win against Bangladesh in the semifinal while Pakistan made one change with the fit-again Mohammad Amir replacing the rookie Rumman Raees.

However, the last time Pakistan beat India was in 2009 also in a Champions Trophy match.

Team India may be ahead against Pakistan in ICC tournaments by an 8-2 margin, but in all ODI tournament finals Pakistan holds a 6-2 edge in the head-to-head battle against India.

With hundreds of millions of fans glued to their TV sets all over the world, Pakistan came out with a clinical show with both the bat and ball to finally end their Indian jinx in ICC tournaments.

Pakistan piled up an impressive 338 for four after being put in to bat and India's much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir. What actually happened was that newbie opener Fakhar Zaman, playing his fourth worldwide innings, hit 114 from 106 balls in one of the highest-pressure cricket matches of the decade, before a bristling middle order grew the total to 338 for 4, with the kind of power and skill which not even their mothers would have suspected they possessed. But Pakistan supposed weakest suit shone bright as they built the platform for a formidable total.

As the entire world is eying today's clash of titans, several veterans from the cricketing world believe that it is going to be the mother of all cricketing spectacles.

"Congratulations @TheRealPCB, the team & the whole country for such a great win.#CT17". It's easy to say that India are better than Pakistan. Amir's contribution deserves praise in equal measure.

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If "Man of the match" Zaman announced his arrival in global cricket with a match-defining knock, Pakistan cricket's enfant awful Amir finally managed to sing a redemption song that he has been longing for.

The Oval was where, in 1882, England's defeat by Australia led to a mock obituary in a newspaper referring to the "ashes" of English cricket and hence the name for all future Anglo-Australian Test series. Amir dismissed Dhawan, the tournament's leading scorer with Sarfraz taking a simple catch behind the stumps. Atotal of 350 was on cards at that point and the fact that the Indian bowlers denied that to Pakistan can be no consolation for Kohli.

Toss: The Men in Blue have won the toss and chose to bowl first. Hardik Pandya swatted six sixes off spin and got himself 76 off 43 balls, giving India - six down now - a microscopic speck of hope.

He shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59), the pair unleashing a barrage of crisp attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground.

It is after 10 years that India and Pakistan are meeting in the final of an ICC tournament.

Babar Azam kept the run-rate ticking along with 46 from 52, before Mohammad Hafeez (57no) took control in the final overs, smashing a crucial half-century from just 34 balls and finding great support in Imad Wasim (25no).

Pakistan crushes India to win Champions Trophy