Pakistan crush India to lift Champions Trophy

Pakistan beat India by huge 180 runs in ICC Champions Trophy final held at The Oval and lifted the Champions Trophy. Pakistan reached final after beating England in semi-final.

Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to field against Pakistan. Pakistan set target of 339 to win while India only managed to score 158. This is first Champions Trophy win for Pakistan.

Fakhar Zaman

The biggest hero for Pakistan’s batting was rookie opener Fakhar Zaman, playing in just his fourth ODI, delivered the first blow when he capitalised on a let-off to hit a barnstorming 114 off 106 balls that propelled Pakistan to 338-4. No team have ever chased that much in an ICC event’s final.

Mohammad Amir

Mohammad Amir squashedall such hopes with a fiery opening spell that saw him scalping India’s prolific top-three — Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan — in quick succession. Having lost the three cheaply, the Indians quickly slipped to 54-5 and even though the big-hitting Hardik Pandya tried to lift them with a 43-ball 76, it was only a matter of time before the innings caved in.

Hassan Ali

Hassan Ali, the tournament’s top wicket-taker, Junaid Khan and Shadab Khan going for the kill, the Indians were finally bowled out for just 158 in 30.3 overs.

The Pakistanis erupted with joy as they celebrated the country’s most famous 50-over win in 25 years.

The victory refreshed memories of the historic 1992 World Cup triumph when Pakistan came back from the verge of elimination to win the coveted crown. Pakistan were faced with a similar situation in the Champions Trophy after they fell against India in their opening game at Edgbaston. But they prevailed in four must-win games in a row to win the Champions Trophy. It is the first time that Pakistan have beaten India in the final of an ICC event.

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