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Pakistan Defeat India To Win Champions Trophy

19 June 2017

The previous highest was registered by Australia when they thrashed India by 125 runs in the 2003 World Cup final in Johannesburg.

Fakhar Zaman reached to his magnificent hundred in thirty first over as he became the only Pakistani batsman in Champions Trophy 2017 to score a hundred. "Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well". Credit to Pakistan. They outplayed us.

Fakhar responded with two overs of circumspection and then two more which brought him three fours and two sixes as he suddenly put his foot down against India's two specialist spinners on his way to a century, which arrived when he swept Ravi Ashwin ferociously to the fence again.

This was Pakistan's largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the ideal platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

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Mohammad Hafeez whacked 57 not out off 37 balls, Babar Azam 46, and Imad Wasim 25 not out, as the last 10 overs netted 91 runs, giving Pakistan's bowlers - its strength - an impressive total to defend.

The fourth, fifth and sixth overs were milked for 29 runs, after the first three had produced only eight.

The left-handed opener, playing in just his fourth One-day worldwide, overcome some anxious moments early in his innings to hammer 114 from 106 balls to lead Pakistan's charge in their first-ever appearance in a Champions Trophy final.

Yuvraj then fell LBW on appeal to 18 year old Shadab, and Dhoni hooked out to the leg-side boundary to leave India utterly on the ropes at 54-5.

Ravindra Jadeja did not let that happen as he refused to sacrifice his wicket when he and Pandya were stranded at one end.

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Hasan Ali drew inspiration from his fellow fast bowler to take three wickets and, supported by tigerish fielding which has not always been a feature of Pakistan cricket teams, they bowled out India for 158 to win the trophy for the first time.

He said: "It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm just so proud of the boys".

This was Pakistan's first major worldwide title since their triumph at the ICC World T20 2009.

Earlier also, several times chaos has been witnessed in this area after India-Pakistan match, but this is the first time when the government has imposed restriction in the area. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have. "Keep praying for us, Pakistan", he said. "A guy hitting a good shot is something that after a stage it s not in your control as you have already bowled the ball but conceding extras is something that we can control as a team", he said.

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