Champions Trophy final: Pakistan beat India by 180 runs in epic match

ICC Champions Trophy 2017 Final – India vs Pakistan

Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy

Title-holders India, set 339 to win, collapsed after Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Amir removed the top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and captian Virat Kohli.

But Sharma was out for a duck off the third ball, Kohli went for 5, and Dhawan, the player of the 2013 tournament and a candidate for this one, was out for 21.

128 The opening stand between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan's first century stand for the first wicket against India in an ICC ODI event.

Pakistan, which won the 1992 World Cup, has played as a team in exile since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

India defeated Pakistan mostly in major ICC tournament matches so far in the history of the game. While Fakhar won the Man of the Match Award on Sunday, pacer Hasan Ali, who finished the tournament as the highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps, walked away with the Player of the Tournament Award.

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.

Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, lifts the Champions Trophy with his team-mates.

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India won the toss and made a decision to field first in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through".

It appeared India, chasing 339 to win, had had a lucky break when Kohli, the world's leading one-day global batsman, was dropped on five by first slip Azhar Ali off Amir.

"Pakistan, meanwhile, has a team that can develop into one of the top three teams by the time the 2019 World Cup is played in England". There was no realistic way back and they eventually folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs. Agallant effort from Hardik Pandya created some interest in the faltering Indian chase but one would never know if he could have taken India home when more than 180 runs were needed in about 23 overs with only four wickets in hand.

Babar Azam joined Fakhar, who lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.

Pakistan then prove it's possible to bat on a used pitch, with Fakhar making his second fifty in as many matches, as they cruise to victory with 77 balls to spare.

Special arrangements were made to broadcast the final live in community halls, cinemas and parks across Pakistan.

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