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Pakistan stun India to win Champions Trophy final

19 Junio 2017, 02:28 | Benedicto Grullon

Fakhar Zaman scored a maiden worldwide ton, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez scored fifties, Babar Azam scored 46 as Pakistan put up 338. Cricket lovers had thought that this time also Indian cricket team will register a win over arch rival Pakistan, but when India cricket team started losing wickets at regular interval, hopes of the people started to fad.

"It's not about me and my career, it's about 15 unbelievable players in that dressing room who have been absolutely fantastic for the previous year", replied the South African. Dhawan might be the tournament's highest scorer but he was no match for an inspired and brilliant quick bowler. Dhawan's playing style can best be described as offensive defense.Having faced him on the field before, it would be imprudent for the Pakistani team to underestimate Dhawan or to take him lightly.One of the most prolific batsmen of the Indian side, Dhawan's performance will be something both sides will want to see. After Fakhar caused Azhar to be run out on 59, he took out his frustration on India, notably spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win. On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

Babar came out of the opener's shadows, but after Shoaib Malik and he holed out in the off-side deep, Hafeez (57no) hit four fours and three sixes to turn Pakistan's promise into the 300-plus substance required against India's powerhouse batting line-up in these run-fest conditions.

His transformation into a hero was complete as his final tally was six overs, two maidens, 16 runs and three wickets.

Virat Kohli, who walked in next, was dropped on five by Azhar Ali at first slip.

If Zaman announced his arrival in global cricket with a match-defining knock, it was pacer Mohammad Amir who finally managed to sing a redemption song that he has been longing for.

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.

# Amir picked up 3 wickets from 6 overs and gave just 13 runs.

Indian batsmen have chased down such totals in the past but then Pakistani bowlers turned up.

Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win the ICC Champions Trophy.

"The extras are something that s never a good feeling to concede so many. We tried our best to hit good areas but they just batted really well today", he further said.

For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each.

In Champions Trophy history, 2013 has been the only edition in which the team batting first won the final.

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