Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan created history on Sunday at The Oval by beating India to lift the ICC Champions Trophy title, but despite a match between the arch-rivals, players did their bit to tone down the hostility that comes along with an India-Pakistan tie.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed hailed his side's character and belief as they delivered a brilliant performance to hand defending champions India a 180-run thrashing in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy cricket tournament here on Sunday.

There was no realistic way back and they eventually folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.

Just two weeks ago India battered Pakistan in the group stages of the ICC Champions Trophy and no one gave the beaten side a chance of even making it in to the knockout stages, how wrong they were.

These numbers indicate their utter dominance in the two biggest games of the tournament, against two of the toughest opponents: they beat England by eight wickets with 77 balls to spare in the semi-finals, and thrashed India by 180 runs in the final.

Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.

Opener Fakhar Zaman, playing only his fourth One Day International, mixed fearlessness with sensibility and smashed 114 from just 106 balls to help his team post a mammoth 338 on board.

"When players like that get going on their day, it becomes really hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk - and they were all coming off", said Kohli.

Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali also chipped in with half-centuries on the way to setting India a target of 339 - the highest ever ODI total scored by Pakistan in a final. "I got to one final with Pakistan, and eventually got a medal".

Left-arm fast Muhammad Amir kicked off Pakistan's bowling attack, taking three crucial early wickets ─ those of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

Meanwhile, reflecting on India's tournament as a whole, Kohli insisted: "We can (still) be very proud ... and we leave here with our heads held high". They're struggling at the 9 position with meagre 77 rating points, and that makes it all the more hard for them to qualify for the ICC World Cup 2019.

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years.

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team but we've got a group of players here who are fantastic".

This is the greatest number of wickets India has lost at the end of 14 overs since Jan 2013 in a 50-over game.

"I think great things went for me and my team and my country", Sarfraz told reporters after a win made all the more astounding by the fact Pakistan had suffered a 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous. Losing to India first up was regarded as a stumble, a bad day.

He was caught behind off Bumrah on three but replays showed the paceman had bowled a no-ball.

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