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Amir, Fakhar star as Pakistan rout India for Champions Trophy title

19 Juin 2017

The 600 people of the Dawoodi bohra community were supposed to be gathering to have food together in a community hall soon after breaking a 15 1/2 -hour fast on Sunday. Despite this odd situation with nearly the entire Test playing nations continuously refusing to travel down to Pakistan for playing cricket, the performance reflected a courageous face with combination of courage and boldness of Pakistani players.

Arthur admitted Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe to toe with tournament favourites India with the title up for grabs. "Sometimes, you have to sit and say, the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything", Kohli continued. It was the sort of start the Pakistan batsmen were looking for and they got it with a bit of assistance from the Indian bowlers. Sunday, June 18, 2017.

Young men gathered in mass at TV shops across the Indian-held city of Srinagar as Pakistan belied expectations to thrash Virat Kohli's team by 180 runs at the Oval in London.

Itwas one of the hottest days in London and the Pakistan team suddenly became too hot to handle as India failed to cross the final hurdle in their Champions Trophy summit clash at the Oval yesterday.

Jubilant fans spilled onto the streets dancing and distributing candies soon after Hasan Ali claimed the last Indian wicket in the 31st over.

He also felt that Fakhar Zaman, who scored 114 in the final, has the credential to serve Pakistan cricket for a long time.

All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm.

Hasan Ali also answered his critics who said he was not capable of performing on the global stage after playing in the PSL the past two years. Even in the disputed territory of Kashmir, which has seen deadly exchanges of gunfire between Indian and Pakistani soldiers and guerrillas over the past week, thousands flooded the public streets to rejoice in Pakistan's victory.

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. They were all out for 158 in 30.3 overs.

Remember, this is the same team that barely qualified for the tournament, started as the lowest-ranked team in the fray, and was handed a 124-run drubbing in the opening match by India.

"All hail the champs", the English-language Express Tribune headlined its lead front page story. On a lifeless wicket, Pakistan got a much-needed "life" early on in their innings and they kicked off from that point.

Pakistan, who will aim for more ODI glory in England at the 2019 World Cup, looked anything but tournament winners after their opening loss. The nation of Pakistan deserves it for what they have been through. "Pakistan fans can not believe the journey their team has taken", he said.

The ICC Champions Trophy has always been generous to participating teams.

It was a win forged on a brilliant individual performances and marshalled by Sarfraz Ahmed's superb captaincy but the green and white masses who stayed to celebrate when the final wicket fell in India's reply will know it also relied on a huge slices of luck.