Pakistan stun defending champions India to win Champions Trophy

Posted June 20, 2017

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an incredible tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have", said Kohli in the post-match presentation, "They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final".

Reigning champions India went into Sunday's showpiece as strong favourites after thrashing Pakistan in the group stage, but found themselves on the receiving end of a crushing 180-run defeat at The Oval.

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first global century.

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.

The war of words had always been there, but the curses, trolls, and uncalled for verbal volleys on social media have made an India-Pakistan tie into a very ugly affair in the recent past and it isn't much different in the build up to the ICC Champions Trophy final.

With the exception of Zimbabwe's tour two years ago, Pakistan have had to play all of their "home" matches outside of the country since a 2009 terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore.

After that Zaman didn't look back, first it was a 128-run partnership with Azhar Ali, and then a 72-run partnership with Babar Azam which put Pakistan on top.

Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board and head of the ICC's Pakistan task force said, in comments reported by the Guardian in March: "The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world's finest players in live action".

There's something about the Champions Trophy and Shikhar Dhawan.

Pakistan did a brilliant work with the bat and after losing 4 wickets they set a huge target of 339 runs to chase for India. Pakistan are expected to stroll through to victory, Pakistan panic, Pakistan lose wickets and suddenly need in excess of 70 runs with three wickets remaining.

Tournament result: Pakistan win 2017 Champions Trophy.

Bumrah's first three overs cost 24 runs, including four wides. They not only failed to take wickets but also couldn't stop Pakistan's run flow. Pakistan's margin of victory is their biggest by runs in 129 ODIs against India.