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Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

19 Junio 2017, 04:58 | Gerardo Tarin

"Pakistan has surprised everyone in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 after being ranked eighth coming into the tournament, and was well and truly beaten in its first match against India".

On a day, when the National Passion surrendered, National Sport saved India from embarrassment.

But Pakistan batsman Hafeez says his teammates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday.

Virat Kohli defended India's poor showing in the ICC Champions Trophy final after Pakistan cruised to an 180-run win with 117 balls to spare.

"It's a great team effort".

"I wasn't feeling well yesterday, I was thinking I wouldn't be able to play, but the physio said I would be fine in the morning".

"We showed great character". I am sure it is going to be jam-packed in Pakistan, the roads will be full and I can't wait to go home.

Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman's 114 his maiden one-day worldwide hundred in just his fourth match at this level.

India's captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed, hold the trophy as they pose for a photgraph at The Oval in London. Claiming Dhawan and Sharma's wicket early will go a long way to giving Pakistan a sniff at the title. The last time India and Pakistan met in the finals was in T20 World Cup in 2007.

"After the India match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet".

"It sort of feels surreal really, to be honest", Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told a news conference.

As soon as the sun set and people broke their religious fast, large numbers came out to watch Pakistan seamers squeezing India in its run-chase.

"That was an aberration". We wanted to be a lot more consistent.

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Fakhar's natural game has plundered Pakistan domestic cricket for five seasons.

Mohammad Amir, who did not play in the semis, produced a brilliant spell of pace bowling and took the price scalps of the top three Indian batsmen to leave the Men in Blue at bay.

And the question millions of cricket fans around the world, possibly even a billion, are all asking is 'which Pakistan will turn up?'. "They were more intense, passionate and deserved to win". I just wanted to hit the ball hard.

Yuvraj, despite that cover drive of his, never looked at ease at the crease and was trapped before the wickets before Hasan Ali got the better of MS Dhoni. "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, and we have no hesitations or shame in admitting that we could not play our best game today".



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