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Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team of the tournament

Kristopher Love | 20 June, 2017, 01:45

In a stunning manner, Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at London's Kennington Oval on Sunday.

The caption of the photo read, 'Pakistan supporters burst crackers in downtown Srinagar to celebrate Pakistan cricket team's victory over India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday'.

Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.

"I'm disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I'm proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall".

Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup reflected well on their former Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who kept his squad from losing focus after their dismal display against the Indians earlier in the tournament.

"We have got a group of young players. However, our batting and bowling were up to the task today", he concluded.

The margin of victory - by a massive 180 runs with just under 20 overs to spare - was as emphatic as it was surprising for a team who tested the skin on their teeth and the seats of their trousers to the limits to get over the line.

"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase".

Hasan was extremely confident of India's victory in the final and even went on to say that the current Pakistan team is no match for Team India.

The already considerable scoreboard pressure became impossible for India to cope with when Mohammad Amir reduced them to 33 for three.

The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.

Hasan Ali was responsible for taking the last Indian wicket, leaving the Blue Shirts with 158 runs from 30.3 overs.

Jadeja, Ashwin and Yuvraj Singh.

The Delhi police busted a betting racket and arrested three bookies during the final match of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament between India and Pakistan, the police said on Monday.

Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off successive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.

The powerful all-rounder also hit Fakhar for back-to-back sixes, but a mix-up between the wickets with Jadeja cut short the most absorbing of counter-attacks and the end was not long in coming thereafter.

Fakhar rode his luck for a spellbinding 114, caught-behind from a no-ball on three and escaping a run-out chance with just a single to his name in Pakistan's total of 338 for four at The Oval.

Fakhar, the man-of-the-match, shared an opening stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59).

The Dawn called it a historic win over Pakistan's arch rivals. Later Mohammad Hafeez helped his side to post 300 plus total with 57 from 37 balls.