Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he hoped his side s stunning 180-run Champions Trophy final win over arch-rivals India would be a catalyst for the full return of worldwide cricket to his homeland.

It remains to be seen if Pakistan records another upset in the final match to return home as champions or it's going to be a one-sided affair in India's favour as was witnessed during the previous duel.

Inspired by a century from rookie Fakhar Zaman and a thrilling match-winning bursts of fast bowling from Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali, the men in green stormed to only their second ICC global 50-overs title.

Pakistan have won the Champions Trophy cricket final after beating their arch-rivals India by 180 runs at the Oval ground in Britain's capital, London. We knew we'd prepared well, we knew that game was an aberration, we knew we were better than that.

"We showed great character".

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman (114) hit his maiden ODI hundred after being caught off a no-ball in the innings' fourth over, bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.

Meanwhile, Fakhar's opening partner Azhar Ali described himself as "the most relieved man" after Virat Kohli fell to a catch at point the ball after Azhar had dropped him at slip off the bowling of Mohammad Amir.

26 dismissals done by Pakistan in this tournament, the most for them in single edition of Champions Trophy and most by any team in this tournament as well.

"Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets - and I did it", said Amir.

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India, for all the strength of a top-order featuring skipper Virat Kohli, the world's top-ranked ODI batsman, had much to do against one of the best bowling attacks in this eight-team tournament if they were to retain their title. "I hit five or 10 balls and said to the coach, 'I don't want to practise today as I'm not feeling well'".

Another recruit from the Lahore camp, 18-year-old leg spinner Shadab Khan took two crucial wickets to leave India six down - the first demanding a review from his captain against Yuvraj Singh which saw a not out lbw decision overturned.

"That was an aberration". Hopefully we can post more than 300.

India had defeated Pakistan in the group stage match of the tournament.

"Credit goes to my boys".

There was a still a seat-of-the-pants element to Pakistan's progress, though, and it was not the greatest surprise when the stand ended with a run-out mix-up in which both batsmen were stranded at the same end. "Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well".

India Captain Virat Kohli said that his team would "take (the defeat) on the chin and move on". Moreover, this was the 11th ODI final meet between these two teams and Pakistan won their 8th out of them.

"We have guys who have such skill and such an ability that they can perform on any stage".

Meanwhile, reflecting on India´s tournament as a whole, Kohli insisted: "We can (still) be very proud. and we leave here with our heads held high".

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