Pakistan stun defending champions India to win Champions Trophy

Posted June 19, 2017

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed jumps into the arms of Pakistan's Imad Wasim after he catches India's MS Dhoni during the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on Sunday.

India: 158 all out in 30.3 overs (Rohit 0, Dhawan 21, Kohli 5, Dhoni 4, Yuvraj 22, Jadhav 9, Pandya 76, Jadeja 15, Ashwin 15, Ashwin 1, Bhuvneshwar 1*, Bumrah 1; Amir 3/16, Junaid 1/20, Hafeez 0/13, Hasan 3/19, Shadab 2/60, Wasin 0/3, Zaman 0/25).

Together, they made India pay for the let-off and misses.

India were eventually dismissed for 158, with 19.3 overs to spare, losing by a massive 180 runs.

"It's a great team effort".

The Pakistani bowlers, who have done very well since after the early India match, came in with all guns blazing.

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.

Chasing such a big target, that too in the finals was never going to be easy and India had pinned all its hopes on Virat Kohli, one of the best chasers in the world as he had done so many times for the Men in Blue in the past.

Leading the batting for the young Pakistan side - which had fallen easily to India by 124 runs in a group stage match on June 6 - was 27-year-old Fakhar Zaman who recorded his maiden century in only his fourth worldwide innings. Mohammad Amir dismantled the top order, dismissing Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan with pace and swing. Against India, they continued in the same vein.

The captain also praised the young blood and said that team is in right direction towards preparation of 2019 World Cup.

Kohli commended Pakistan for their performance in the tournament. They entered this tournament as the eight-ranked ODI team - they qualified ahead of West Indies - and their campaign appeared doomed when they surrendered so meekly to India in their opening match.

Here, they recovered from a humbling defeat by India in their opening game with similar tenacity.

"That was an aberration".

"We wanted to bowl first".

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed: "After the India match when we lost in the group stage, I told my boys the tournament hadn't finished yet". "This is the first ICC event for many of these players".

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that the cricket world should now stop saying that Pakistan can not beat India in major tournaments.

"Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was unbelievable", Kohli said. "The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said. We didn't take them lightly.

"Everyone desires composure, not just me". I was looking for early wickets and I did it.

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team but we've got a group of players here who are fantastic".