Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Pakistan thrash India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan thrash India to win Champions Trophy

The team has players of five countries, including four from Pakistan.

Mohammad Amir removed all of India's top three as Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

The Black Caps didn't win any of their three games in the tournament.

Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day global century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

"To be appointed as captain of the team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake", said Sarfraz in a statement.

Amir was involved in the spot-fixing scandal that blighted the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

The victory was made even more remarkable when recent form is taken into consideration as Pakistan had also lost their last seven matches against India in ICC events before the final.

India are due to host the next Champions Trophy in 2021, but there is no guarantee that tournament will go ahead, with a biennial World T20 another proposal being considered.

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

Sarfraz was chosen as the captain following his inspirational leadership during the 18-day tournament that was the cornerstone of his team's 180-run victory over India. They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field, as well.

Dhawan was out to an Amir cross seamer, and India was 33-3.Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni could still rescue India, but Singh was hit pad first by spinner Shadab, confirmed by video review.

But he could not stop Sunday's slide as he holed out off Hasan, with Imad Wasim taking a low catch in the deep.

He said: "The 1992 World Cup win gave us a new generation of match winners and this win ranks very close to that, I am confident that Pakistan cricket is back on track and we will see this team reach some incredible highs in the years to come, especially if the team continues to play with the kind of passion and commitment displayed in this tournament".

Pandya did his best to rescue a hopeless situation, thumping Shadab for three successive maximums and a four in the 23rd over as he raced past 50 in just 32 deliveries. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end.

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four.

"It says a lot about his personality. but what I do know is that Mohammad Amir is a big-match player". "Then we kept losing wickets".

"It's never wise to try and make a call too early, but certainly the applications of both are very well founded", said Richardson.

"Pakistan break jinx, trounce India in dream final", the Dawn proclaimed in its lead story.

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