Pakistan defeat India by 180 runs to lift Champions Trophy title


Mohammad Amir removed all of India's top three as Pakistan stunned their arch-rivals with a remarkable 180-run win in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan's team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India.

India got their man finally thanks to a fine catch by Jadeja running back from point after a skewed big hit at Pandya.

India still had three wickets in hand but the deafening cheers from the Pakistan fans made clear that the end was nigh.

Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of worldwide cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds. "After losing the first game, we had no chance to lose again", said Hafeez, who played an important role in the win with a classy 57 not out. And he showed in the semi-finals on a big stage he can do the job for us.

Fakhar Zaman hit a maiden one-day worldwide century to set up a thrilling victory against India, who had been strong favourites to lift a second successive title.

Chasing 339 for victory, due in no small part to a disappointing bowling display, India sank to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.

Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Rohit, 0.3), 2-6 (Kohli, 2.4), 3-33 (Dhawan, 8.6), 4-54 (Yuvraj, 12.6), 5-54 (Dhoni, 13.3), 6-72 (Jadhav, 16.6), 7-152 (Pandya, 26.3), 8-156 (Jadeja, 27.3), 9-156 (Ashwin, 28.1).

That Pakistan lifted the trophy was surprising enough - at eighth in the world they began as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament - but it is the way they demolished the strong favourites will live long in the memory. Pakistan ran up its highest total of the tournament.

As I said, you can do little to control when people are going well like that, and we certainly tried to make them hit in areas that we felt it would be uncomfortable, but we just didn t have anything going our way in that partnership (Zaman-Azhar).

The first over by Kumar was a good one as he bowled a maiden to start things up for India.

"That was an aberration".

However, the Indian fast bowler had overstepped the front line and Zaman was recalled having scored just three runs off seven balls.

The final margin of 180 runs was the largest run victory by either Pakistan or India in head-to-head One day worldwide matches, and the largest margin of defeat for a full ICC member in a Champions Trophy competition. "We have a young team and credit to my boys". Dhawan might be the tournament's highest scorer but he was no match for an inspired and brilliant quick bowler.

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment.

India captain Virat Kohli: "Pakistan had a good performance, I congratulate them".

"Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was unbelievable", Kohli said.