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Zaman, Ali heroics helps Pakistan clinch Champions Trophy title

20 Juin 2017

Pakistan gained four points to move to 95 points as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semi- final victory over England. On Sunday, Pakistan dominated the defending champions in all the aspects of the game and inflicted a crushing 180-run defeat on India.

Zaman was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumhrah had over stepped.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: "After the India match in the group stage, I told the players the tournament hadn't finished yet. Credit to everyone for standing up and showing that resilience and reaching the final but today we were outplayed in all departments".

He said that Champions Trophy has been a memorable event and Pakistani fans will remember it for a very long time indeed.

India, who entered the field as favorites after winning the previous match against Pakistan in the tournament, had a shaky start when fiery Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir dismissed Indian opener Rohit Sharma for a duck.

Mohammad Amir's average against Rohit Sharma in global matches. But they were likely regretting their decision as Pakistan racked up a stunning 338 runs in their 50 overs.

Pandya was the man who had to go and that was it for India. "Twenty-five extras is a bit too much in a game like that, and that's something that we certainly need to take care of in the future".

Earlier, Fakhar rode his luck after Kohli sent Pakistan into bat at a sun-drenched Oval.

India captain Kohli accepted his side had been a distant second best. "We tried to do out best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, while we didn't show any resistance apart from Hardik, who's knock was outstanding", he said.

The Express Tribunewas all praises for Fakhar Zaman by scoring a spectacular century to set up Pakistan's first ODI title win in 25 years.

But veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300.

The Dawn called it a historic win over Pakistan's arch rivals.

The 27-year-old completed a 92-ball hundred including two sixes when he swept star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, for his 12th four. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end.

Zaman, Ali heroics helps Pakistan clinch Champions Trophy title