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Pakistan rout India to win maiden ICC Champions Trophy title

19 Juin 2017

When Hasan Ali had Jasprit Bumrah caught by his captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the 31st over with a nasty bouncer, there were not many Indian fans around at the ground to see the complete collapse of an imposing batting line-up.

"India is in a great place and must be favoured to retain the ICC Champions Trophy but no-one should discount Pakistan".

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final. 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.

"The top order of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been remarkable, looking in total control out in the middle".

Fakhar (114) was caught-behind off a no-ball on three and might have been run out when he had just one, but went on to share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) in Pakistan's total of 338 for four.

This is the second time Pakistan have won a global title in the 50-over format after their triumph at the 1992 World Cup.

Arthur is confident the India "aberration" is now behind Pakistan, who've also lost all three of their previous knockout matches at International Cricket Council tournaments against their fiercest foes.

On Fakhar Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

Hardik Pandya gave the stunned India fans in a capacity crowd something to cheer as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.

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After the first game, played against the team they can not lose to, Pakistan were dead and buried, with the only question being which airline they would use to book their flight back home.

India have won four of their last five ODI matches against Pakistan, including a 124-run victory earlier in this tournament during the group stage.

Preview: A wounded Pakistan will be out for revenge while India will aim to maintain their dominance when the arch-rivals meet in the final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at The Oval in London on Sunday.

Another recruit from the Lahore camp, 18-year-old leg spinner Shadab Khan took two crucial wickets to leave India six down - the first demanding a review from his captain against Yuvraj Singh which saw a not out lbw decision overturned.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed himself had used a similar tactic in the first innings, sending in Imad Wasin ahead of himself, at a time when he knew that Pakistan needed quick runs. We don t get the home advantage like other teams.

# Kedar Jadhav scored 9, Ravindra Jadeja 15 and R Ashwin was dismissed for 1.

Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public. Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous.

Zaman's figures of 3.3-0-25-0 were ruined only by Hardik Pandya hitting two consecutive sixes.