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Pakistan stun holders India to lift Champions Trophy

Pakistan stun holders India to lift Champions Trophy

Fakhar got another life, and the Pakistan opener embraced it. It was his maiden ODI hundred in just his fourth match at this level.

India eventually collapsed to 158 all out as it suffered its heaviest defeat in terms of runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.

Victorious Pakistan players dominated the Champions Trophy team of the tournament which was announced yesterday with their captain Sarfraz Ahmed named captain of the side.

In India nearly all print media went easy on Kohli and his team, crediting Pakistan's performance though the front-page of the Hindustan Times screamed "Obliterated at the Oval: India humiliated by Pak".

Earlier, Fakhar made the most of an early reprieve after Kohli won the toss and sent Pakistan in on a typically good Oval pitch, with the sunny conditions seemingly ideal for batting.

Babar Azam chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left India needing to produce the highest successful run chase in the tournament's history to lift the trophy for the third time.

On Sunday, Virat Kohli went out at just 5 though he was dropped once.

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Former Sri Lanka captain Kumar Sangakkara has hailed Pakistan's opening batsman Fakhar Zaman and pacer Mohammad Aamer's heroic performance in their victory over India in the Champions trophy final here.

Their hopes now rested largely on the shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

The bowling lineup was led by Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 13 wickets, and his team mate Junaid Khan.

India lost their last four wickets for the addition of only six runs. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first worldwide century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja.

That mattered little, however, on Sunday as Pakistanis savoured the thumping of their much bigger neighbour, whose economic ascendancy and hugely popular Indian Premier League has fuelled fears Pakistan will struggle to hold its own in the future.

"The way he batted today and the way he bowled and the way he fielded, that's exactly why we back him, because he can be the match-winner for us in situations where the team is in trouble", said Kohli.

A maiden hundred from novice worldwide opener Fakhar Zaman and then Mohammad Amir's superlative new-ball spell of three for 16 proved way too much for hot favourites India, defeated by 180 runs at The Oval. We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today.