Pakistan thrash India to win Champions Trophy

Olive Rios
June 19, 2017

Zaman was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumrah had overstepped.

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 removed India's top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5).

"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.

It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns. We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today.

Amir took out all three of India's premier batsmen, bowled a maiden for figures of 6-2-16-3, then watched as his teammates mopped up.

Pakistan's margin of victory is their biggest by runs in 129 ODIs against India.

"So you can only do so much, as I said, as a bowler and as a captain when that is happening".

An incredible win for Pakistan against all the odds! They can upset anyone on their day.

The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.

India lost their last four wickets for the addition of only six runs.

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

The Pakistanis, who were handed 124-run thrashing at the hands of the same opponents in the group stage, scripted a wonderful turnaround story, as they came back from the brink of elimination form the early stages, to do their fair bit of giantkilling.

Kohli also praised young all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs off 43 balls.

Earlier, put in to bat, Pakistan put on board 338 for 4 in the stipulated 50 overs.

Put into bat, the Men in Green had a flawless 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.

The biggest heroes for Pakistan were rookie opener Fakhar Zaman and left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir. Junaid Khan took his first and India's eighth wicket when Babar caught Ravindra Jadeja in 27.3 overs.

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