Pakistan beat India to lift Champions Trophy

Paola Ditto
Giugno 20, 2017

Pakistan have won the Champions Trophy cricket final after beating their arch-rivals India by 180 runs at the Oval ground in Britain's capital, London.

The victory was splashed across most major newspapers, with leading English daily Dawn proclaiming: "Pakistan breaks jinx, trounce India in dream final".

With the exception of Zimbabwe's tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all of their "home" matches outside of the country since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

Pakistan made 338 for four, with Fakhar Zaman's 114 - the left-handed opener's maiden ODI hundred - the cornerstone.

Mohammad Amir, who did not play in the semis, produced a brilliant spell of pace bowling and took the price scalps of the top three Indian batsmen to leave the Men in Blue at bay. They were eventually dismissed for 158, with 19.3 overs to spare.

Pakistans Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawans opening partner after the youngster aggregated 252 runs in four matches at an impressive strike-rate of 113.

"We wanted to bowl first".

Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession.

Put into bat, the Men in Green had a ideal start as both Azhar Ali and Zaman shared a 128-run opening stand to put their team on road of a massive first innings-score.

"Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was awesome", Kohli said.

Pakistan gained four points to move to 95 points as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semifinal victory over England.

"Even with the ball they came out, they were really aggressive initially, they got those early breakthroughs".

When asked about the preparation and the team's approach about the much-hyped match, Kohli said, "We have not spoken about the game in any different way".

"We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game".

"These two lads, plus (leg-spinner) Shadab Khan, are the future of Pakistan cricket and I sincerely hope they will only go in the upward direction from here". "Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the final but today we were outplayed in all departments".

"It says a lot about his personality. but what I do know is that Mohamed Amir is a big-match player", said Arthur.

Virat Kohli's decision to insert the opposition in yesterday's ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan surprised quite a few pundits at The Oval here yesterday.

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