Pakistan smashes highest score in this year Champions Trophy

Ruben Hill
June 19, 2017

So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over, huge cheers erupted around the arena.

It was Pakistan's first major global 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup.

"It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive", Afridi wrote in his column for the ICC's official website. But he put that behind him here with a magical spell of three for 16 in his first five overs, removing India's top three batsmen - first Rohit Sharma, then Virat Kohli, followed by Shikhar Dhawan.

Arthur continued: "We want to be a little more consistent as a team".

The victory, and its relative ease over an India team that not only had got the better of Pakistan in one-day matches for the past decade, winning 12 and losing only eight - and winning four of the last five since 2013 - stunned cricket fans and experts, especially coming from a Pakistan team that has played only one worldwide series in its home country since a 2009 terrorist attack forced them to adopt the United Arab Emirates as their home turf. Despite Hardik Pandya's 76 from 43 deliveries down the order, India could not rebuild after Amir's brilliance, and were beaten by 180 runs.

After winning the toss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said that they are not taking Pakistan for granted and are looking forward to putting their best foot forward.

6 Instances of both Pakistan openers passing 50 in a World Cup or Champions Trophy game. Pakistan's margin of victory is their biggest by runs in 129 ODIs against India.

India still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from the Pakistan fans made clear that the end was nigh. No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket. Along the way they beat hosts England in another one-sided match - ultimately well deserving of lifting the trophy.

"Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the finals - (but) we were outplayed in all departments". The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have.

Pakistan finished on 338 having lost four wickets, their second highest ODI score against India.

"A lot of people had vibes that we might not be able to defeat India, that their batting is too strong for us to handle".

"They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did", Kohli told a news conference.

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