Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

Put in to bat, Pakistan got off to a flawless start.

And that, intoxicatingly, was the fulcrum of their stunning thrashing of India by 180 runs to lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at London's Kennington Oval on Sunday. It's the first time Pakistan is playing the final of Champions Trophy.

If Fakhar was the hero that the full house at The Oval and 50-odd on the rooftop of Archbishop Tenison's School saluted as the unlikely hero of the game, young right-arm pace bowler Bumrah would be remembered as the villain, especially for the India fans.

Zaman's century had helped Pakistan reached a buffer zone against India. The previous record was Australia's 125 runs victory over India in 2003 World Cup final at Johannesburg on March 23, 2003.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was all praise for his team for staging a dramatic comeback after the loss to India in the league stage. "They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day".

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

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.

With that no-ball, Bumrah's confidence went for a vacation down the coast to Bournemouth and Zaman's found its way back home, with the Pakistan batsman cracking a smile at his slice of luck, nearly as if he understood, this was going to be his day. Zaman was on 3 at the time, and looking out of sorts.

He was reprieved on three, caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball, and went on to carve, slice and belt his way to a 92-ball century. We don't take oppositions for granted and today is no different. Following opening stands of 40, 74 and 188, the pair delivered another strong start, and while it wasn't always pretty, against a form team it made a massive difference. Zaman's 114 off of 106 balls earned him the Man of the Match award in the final. Indeed, the ineffectiveness of India's two experienced spinners was the big letdown. The two conceded 137 in 18 overs.

The "Law of Averages" were certainly going to catch up with India's "Big Three" after their brilliant run in the tournament.

Mohammad Hafeez - with a 34-ball 50 - and Babar Azam then chipped in too to ensure a challenging if far from impossible target on a very good pitch, after India captain Virat Kohli had put Pakistan in on a gloriously hot and sunny morning. Indians couldn't restrict the Pakistan batting within a minimal score. Yuvraj was out leg-before to Shadab Khan on review, and Dhoni pulled Hasan Ali straight to the fielder on the square leg boundary.

India lost their last four wickets for the addition of only six runs.

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets, including the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah caught by Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, and went on to win the tournament's Golden Ball award at the top bowler throughout the competition. His run out, however, ended a partnership of 80 (57b) for the seventh wicket and killed the game off. Like the last meeting between the two teams - their league match of this same tournament - this match was also a no-contest.

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