Pakistan win Champions Trophy

Champions Trophy team of the tournament

Pakistan came out with a splendid all-round performance as they defeated arch-rival India by 180 runs at The Oval to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.

Leg-spinner Shadab took a wicket with his sixth ball when Yuvraj Singh (22) was lbw, although it needed a Pakistan review of an original not out decision. When Pakistan beat India in the final, they had all the reasons in the world to celebrate and they were rejoicing the biggest moment of their cricketing careers on the field thus far.

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

India captain Virat Kohli, who was one of three batsmen dismissed in a devastating opening spell from Mohammad Amir, accepted his side had been a distant second best.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif congratulated the national team in a video message.

The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which comprised former captains Michael Atherton of England, India's Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (cricket correspondent, Agence France-Presse), with ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, as chairman.

Both the batsmen didn't spare any of the Indian bowlers, except Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and scored on all parts of the ground. It was formalities for Pakistan after that and they clinched the win by bowling out India for 158 in the 31st over. Junaid Khan also chipped in with a wicket.

Arthur said on Sunday: "It's been an up and down ride for us, but so proud of the boys". The ICC Champions Trophy has seen Indians defending Pak player Sarfaraz Khan and bashing people who made fun of him for not knowing English and this new development where Kohli is supported by Pak fans shows a great deal of maturity by people on the social media and is giving us hopes for peace much more than before. "All the credit goes to the entire team, they all worked really hard", the Pakistan captain said.

"To be appointed as captain of the Team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the flawless icing on the cake", Sarfraz told the ICC website. We dusted ourselves off after the defeat to India at Edgbaston and came back superbly.

"Not that we are not playing at our best; we tried our level best, but we just couldn't make things happen today".

"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase". "When Hardik started hitting, everyone started getting the feeling that if we could take the game deep, then we could probably get closer to the total".

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