Champions Trophy 2017: Pakistan crush India with devastating bowling display

India: 158 all out in 30.3 overs.

"It's a great team effort".

He said: "Eighty per cent of Zaman's shots were high-risk and they were all coming off".

Riding on Fakhar Zaman's 114 runs, Pakistan posted massive 338 runs for the loss of four wickets in the high-voltage final of the Champions Trophy against arch-rivals India here on Sunday.

The last time Pakistani openers scored more than 100 runs prior to the fall of the first wicket in two consecutive matches was in 2003.

The Men in Blue have won all three of their previous matches against Pakistan in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council (ICC) tournaments to date and it is but obvious that they would start going into the finals as favourites.

Out for 3 in the fourth over of the Champions Trophy final, he walked away from the celebrating Indians then stopped to watch the replay on the video screen at The Oval.

"If there's been a more improbable Pakistan triumph than this, it's yet to be written", said Osman Samiuddin, author of a definitive book on Pakistan cricket, The Unquiet Ones.

Pakistan have managed to bounce back in the tournament, trouncing South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages and England in the semi-finals to book a berth in the final.

Zaman was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumrah had overstepped. "When they (Indian team) had won the toss, why they did not opt to bat first?", questioned Ankit Singh, an angry cricket lover. "Sometimes, you have to sit and say, the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything", Kohli continued. "It's a very proud moment for me and my country, and thanks to the nation for supporting us". We haven't spoken about this game in any different way. There was no semblance of a fight and Kohli conceded Pakistan were more intense on the big day. And when the tournament's top scorer Shikhar Dhawan followed India looked cooked.

For two-time winners India, the match represents a chance to underline their recent superiority over their neighbours.

If Zaman announced his arrival in worldwide cricket with a match-defining knock, Pakistan cricket's "enfant terrible" Amir finally managed to sing a redemption song that he has been longing for.

MOHAMMAD Hafeez dedicated a stunning ICC Champions Trophy success to the public of Pakistan after thrashing India at The Oval.

Fakhar targeted spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (0-70) and Ravindra Jadeja (0-67), hitting three huge sixes and a further 12 boundaries on a flat pitch before falling to Hardik Pandya.

The Indian batsman has been clicking on all cylinders, displaying masterful performance throughout the tournament especially the opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, giving India a ideal start, putting up scores on the board and pressuring the opposition bowlers.

Pandya, who came in at number seven showed some of the form that India desperately needed; however, they needed that kind of an innings at the top of their order.

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