Pakistan crush India to win the ICC Champions Trophy

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Hot favorite India was supposed to trounce underdog Pakistan in the Champions Trophy cricket final in London.

"It's the final so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games". This made it hard to counter his approach during the Champions Trophy final, at The Oval, in London, on Sunday.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an awesome tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have". The resultant free-hit did not result in too many runs but the Pakistan openers launched an assault on the Indian bowlers after that.

338 runs scored by Pakistan in this match, the 2nd-highest by a team in an ICC tournament final after Australia's 359 against India in 2003 World Cup.

Sarfraz will pleased with the performances of the likes of Fakhar Zaman and Hasan Ali, who despite a lack of experience delivered on the big stage.

He may have missed Pakistan's semifinal triumph over England, but Mohammad Amir was back with a bang in the summit clash, as he opened bowling with great aplomb.

Mohammad Amir's average against Rohit Sharma in worldwide matches.

The left-hander fell to another superb delivery by Amir which kissed the outside edge on its way to Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps.

Mohammad Hafeez whacked 57 not out off 37 balls, Babar Azam 46, and Imad Wasim 25 not out, as the last 10 overs netted 91 runs, giving Pakistan's bowlers - its strength - an impressive total to defend.

Mohammad Amir scalped the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan. "I'm so happy for the nation of Pakistan who have been waiting for this for a long time".

However, a picture that evoked mutual admiration and went viral recently is the one which shows former Indian captain and current wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carrying the son of Pakistani skipper Safaraz Ahmed in his arms.

"Today's win shows that no one is favourite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in worldwide cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi.

After playing a shot to left of the square leg, Azhar wanted to steal a single but Zaman didn't respond his call and thus India got a much needed breakthrough in form of Azhar.

Put in to bat, Pakistan got off to a ideal start. Fakhar Zaman brought up his first ODI ton and led Pakistan to a huge score. Only this time, he made a decision to field two spinners - Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

India captain Virat Kohli: "I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters".

Any thought of the unlikeliest of victories was snuffed out when Pandya was run out by the length of the pitch after a mix-up with Jadeja.

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