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Champions Trophy Final: Photos from Pakistan's triumph over India

19 June 2017

Unpredictable Pakistan thumped India by a whopping 180 runs to lift the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

They virtually crushed India in the cricketing field and Indians were so demoralised that their fans started leaving Oval after first 15 overs sent down to them.

Pakistan can dare to dream of returning to England to win the World Cup in 2019, but more important even than that is a future which sees global tours returning to their country for the first time since the deadly terror attack in Lahore during Sri Lanka's 2009 visit.

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today", Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said at the presentation ceremony. "We have a young team and credit to my boys".

The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease. After Fakhar caused Azhar to be run out on 59, he took out his frustration on India, notably spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja. India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament's leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan. The left-hander was literally brutal as he smashed 12 fours and 3 massive sixes during the course of the innings.

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Mohammad Hafeez - with a 34-ball 50 - and Babar Azam chipped in too to ensure Pakistan turned the promise into substance.

Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord's, was superb. He had lost a match that India entered as favourites. Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 72 for six.

"We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, who's knock was outstanding", he said.

June 07, Edgbaston: Beat South Africa by 19 runs- Hasan Ali, with three wickets, leads a brilliant bowling display as bottom-ranked Pakistan hold the top-ranked Proteas to 219.

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India were first rocked by Fakhar, who became ever more convincing after escaping a run-out chance on one and then being caught-behind off a no-ball on three. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing. "And we have no hesitations or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today".

India and Pakistan have faced each other 10 times in the International Cricket Council's top two events - World Cup and Champions Trophy. "Virat Kohli should be banned from playing cricket for lifetime for selling pride of 130Cr Indians to Pakistan".

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an fantastic tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".

These two nations are known to have the most passionate fans and they have not let their teams down.

"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase", Kohli said. "One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition".

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