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After intense final, Pak-India players enjoy spirit of cricket

19 Juin 2017

Pakistan crushed defending champions India by 180 runs at The Oval to win the Champions Trophy for the first time on Sunday.

Three persons have been arrested in connection with a betting racket during the India-Pakistan Champions Trophy final match, the Delhi Police said on Monday.

Pakistan can dare to dream of returning to England to win the World Cup in 2019, but more important even than that is a future which sees worldwide tours returning to their country for the first time since the deadly terror attack in Lahore during Sri Lanka's 2009 visit.

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman's century 114 off 106 helped his side put a huge total on the scoreboard.

Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment. The right-armer was also adjudged as the player of the tournament. "As soon as the game ended, celebrations mirroring the 1992 World Cup and 2009 World T20 wins began across the country". "I am over the moon #PakistanZindabad", he tweeted.

Who would have thought that a number 8 team who barely managed to qualify for the champions trophy would go on to lift the trophy.

Gilchrist compared their against-the-odds win to the West Indies' victory over England in the World Twenty20 final in 2016, despite troubles plaguing their cricket board at home. "Up & above 4rm here", Misbah said.

At that point it really was embarrassing for Pakistan and seemed to give them little to no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals with India and South Africa expected to dominate the group. "That's part of playing worldwide sport".

Head coach Mickey Arthur was asked if Pakistan's victory represented his greatest achievement.

In his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) website, the swashbuckling all-rounder cautioned other cricketing nations to not take the Green Brigade lightly as on their day they have the potential to outshine any good side.

However, there were a few who weren't too pleased with the lack of explicit display of regret from the Indian players, and for them sharing a light-hearted moment with the opposition after a dismal loss.

But the run-out Pakistan's openers had pair had threatened arrived when Fakhar's failure to respond to Azhar's call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance. Embraced aggression, freedom in play. "He's got a proper big-match temperament, and he showed that today on the biggest stage".

After intense final, Pak-India players enjoy spirit of cricket