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Pakistan smash 338 vs India in Champions Trophy final

19 Juin 2017

Pakistan, entering the tournament ranked eighth out of the eight teams in the tournament, stunned arch-rivals India on Sunday to win the 2017 International Cricket Council Champions Trophy final by 180 runs at Kia Oval in London, England.

India's inning got off to a rocky start with the collapse of its top batting order to Pakistan's bowling attack in chase of a daunting 339-run target in the high-octane nail-biting final of the Champions Trophy at London's Oval ground on Sunday.

As they have done many times before, however, Pakistan suddenly found their form with wins over top-ranked South Africa and Sri Lanka before delivering an outstanding all-round display to stun previously unbeaten hosts England in the semi-finals.

He dismissed Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

Leading the batting for the young Pakistan side - which had fallen easily to India by 124 runs in a group stage match on June 6 - was 27-year-old Fakhar Zaman who recorded his maiden century in only his fourth global innings.

Along with senior pro Azhar Ali (58 off 71 balls), Zaman set the platform with a 128-run partnership for the opening wicket and consolidated it further with a whirlwind 72 off 63 balls with Babar Azam (46 off 52).

Pakistan have been starved of worldwide cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues and Mohammad Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public.

Leg spinner Shadab Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh right in front but the umpire denied Pakistan's appeal.

"We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".

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The "Law of Averages" were certainly going to catch up with India's "Big Three" after their brilliant run in the tournament. Shikhar Dhawan , Rohit Sharma , and Virat Kohli have been exceptional with the bat so far, this season.

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman (114) hit his maiden ODI hundred after being caught off a no-ball in the innings' fourth over, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.

Once last hope Hardik Pandya (76) was run out, the writing was on the wall as India were bundled out for just 158 with nearly 20 overs remaining.

That slowed Pakistan down somewhat but Mohammad Hafeez proved an unlikely aggressor, wallloping a 34-ball half-century as India's bowlers suffered.

India was asked to produce the highest successful run chase in Trophy history, and had the weapons to do it. Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us.

But this crazy-good Pakistan side had other ideas.

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four. "After losing the first game, we had no chance to lose again", said Hafeez, who played an important role in the win with a classy 57 not out.

Bumrah's first three overs cost 24 runs, including four wides.

Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win. You will have failures, and one team has to lose on the day, and today was our day to lose because the opposition played much better than us", said a candid Kohli.