Pakistanis rejoice after team hammers India in Champion's Trophy

Pakistanis rejoice after team hammers India in Champion's Trophy

Hasan Ali, un-Pakistani-esque in his line-and-length bowling style but someone who ran in with characteristic aggression, took three to make sure India could not rebuild.

Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

Kohli could very well have dealt to Pakistan what Zaman did to India.

People of South Kanpur who burnt the posters and effigies of the players said that they could have digested the defeat of team India if it was any other country but losing to arch rival Pakistan has brought huge disappointment to them. Fakhar Zaman, the opening batsman of Pakistan scored his maiden century and received tonnes of appreciation from the entire cricket fraternity. "Sometimes, you have to sit and say, the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything", Kohli continued.

"Today's win shows that no one is favourite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in global cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi. Zaman was out caught behind for three, but was called back after Jasprit Bumrah had overstepped.

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years.

The Law of Averages were certainly going to catch up with India s Big Three after their brilliant run in the tournament. Kohli after winning the toss elected to field first and the Pakistan openers didn't leave a stone unturned to capitalise on the opportunity.

Since the departure of captains Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan from the 50-over format in 2015, Pakistan slumped to ninth in ODI rankings and barely managed to qualify for the Champions Trophy, contested by the top eight sides in the rankings. It will be interesting to see if The Indian Cricket team can work to turn the table in their favour as they set to chase the big score.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman celebrates his century during the Champions Trophy final against India. From there Mickey Arthur's side lost some of their momentum but still finished on 338-4, leaving India by far the highest chase in a Champions Trophy final. He slammed Ravindra Jadeja for two fours and a six before hitting R Ashwin for a six and a four.

Pakistan post a mammoth total of 338 against India.

He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Hardik Pandya and Jadeja, running back from point, held a well-judged catch.

Captain Kohli said: "I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters". After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game. When we arrived here, we just played like we have nothing to lose.

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