Successive Indian governments have refused to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan and it is unlikely that the result of the 2017 Champions Trophy will change the views of the Narendra Modi government.
Together, they made India pay for the let-off and misses.
Put into bat, the Men in Green had a ideal start as both Azhar Ali and Zaman shared a 128-run opening stand to put their team on road of a massive first innings-score. A bolt so ridiculously good that this Pakistan performance reminded everyone of their glory days, when Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis, Saeed Anwar and Inzaman-ul-Haq ran the show. Having lost the three cheaply, the Indians quickly slipped to 54-5 and even though the big-hitting Hardik Pandya tried to lift them with a 43-ball 76, it was only a matter of time before the innings caved in.
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The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs. Fakhar was out to a nice catch on the run by Jadeja behind square.
But after four wins - finishing with a 180-run thumping over their biggest rivals - the underdogs were celebrating winning their first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup. And if this wasn't too much already, some fans cried uncontrollably on the camera and chanted foul slogans against Indian cricketers, specially Virat Kohli. "But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it's better for the team in the future".
Jadeja was out in the next over, as India's last four wickets went for six runs, medium-pacer Hasan Ali taking two of them to extend his tournament-leading tally to 13.
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Due to rain interruptions, the target was revised with Pakistan needing 289 in 41 overs according to Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method. Kohli has been a firm backer of Yuvraj , who he believes has the game suited for big occasions like Sunday.
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Thomas was in the final group with Brian Harman , the third-round leader, and they did not tee off until almost 3 p.m. local time. Opens, on different courses in a different era, told the new victor , "You don't know it, but your life has changed overnight".
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Koepka then frittered a golden chance to regain the lead on the 11th, but was unable to convert a nervy nine-foot putt for birdie. Given the list of illustrious names who could not survive past 36 holes here, special credit is due to Scottie Scheffler.
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Jordan Spieth may not have finished in the top either, but he had one of the best rounds Sunday at -3. Fowler gave himself a break: "You kind of have to say, 'Hey, it's a major, I played well this week"'.
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He defended his title in the Waste Management Phoenix Open in February, beating Webb Simpson in a playoff at TPC Scottsdale. Koepka was a cumulative 12-under on the back nine, with his only bogey coming Sunday on No. 10 thanks to a three-putt.