Pakistan crush India by 180 runs to lift Champions Trophy

Five miles down the road on Sunday, his spellbinding work with the ball hurried Pakistan to a surprise victory over India, their greatest rivals, in the final of the Champions Trophy.

Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan's team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India.

Pakistan beat India by 180 runs at The Oval on Sunday. Zimbabwe is the only nation to have toured Pakistan two years ago.

"Hopefully this win, everyone will remember, not just for today, not just for tomorrow, but for a very long, long time", added the wicket-keeper/batsman.

Pakistan's batting tally was led by a century scored by Man of the Match Fakhar Zaman, who made 114 off 106 balls before being caught out by Ravindra Jadeja off the bowling of Hardik Pandya.

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.

"One big partnership would have been the key to set it up nicely, but as I said, credit to the opposition".

It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns.

A near flawless performance in the field from Pakistan saw India fall a full 180 runs short of their target as they offered little resistance to the Pakistan attack.

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He had 310 yards to the hole when he hit 3-wood that could have led to big trouble if he went too far long or left. His 7-under 65 matched Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama for the low score in the first two rounds at Erin Hills.

"We knew we were prepared well".

"That was an aberration".

"When the game is on the line, the more he performs, the more amped up he gets". He was selected the player of the tournament by a panel consisting Geoff Allardice (ICC General Manager - Cricket, and Chairman Event Technical Committee), 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 (correspondent of the Agence France-Presse).

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today". Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well.

Pakistan continue to hold their own in global cricket, even though they have not played a major worldwide team in their own country since March 2009, when the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists while en route to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through".

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an unbelievable tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have", said Kohli at the post-match presentation ceremony.

"They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day", he said. They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final.

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