Pakistan Defeat India To Win Champions Trophy

Pakistan Defeat India To Win Champions Trophy

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord s, was superb.

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. "They have showed faith in us and we would like them to support us during the final too", the soft-spoken Pakistan skipper said in a hurried tone.

England, the only undefeated team in the tournament until that point, were among the favourites to reach the final, but Pakistan dominated with both the bat and ball to outclass the hosts and set up a title clash with India.

"After the India (group) match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet".

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman today. I think that's the only analysis a person needs to do and nothing more", the captain said.

As Virat Kohli accepted post the match that they were not at their best, Pakistan players were beyond themselves as could be seen from their dressing room celebrations.

"They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day", he said. But the momentum has swung towards India of late.

Amir bowled brilliantly in the tournament, and so did Junaid, Shadab, Imad and Hasan.

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India continued to lose wickets at the regular intervals.

India had a glimpse of hope when Yuvraj and Dhoni were at the crease but today even that wasn't meant to be.

After India's crushing loss to Pakistan in the final of the Champions Trophy in London, Virat Kohli addressed the media with a heavy heart, citing the reasons behind the debacle.

Hardik Pandya was a lone fighter as he was batting brilliantly and scored 76 in 43 balls.

When Hardik Pandya was going after the Pakistan bowlers, there came a moment when the team must have fancied their chances but the chance got lost in a tragic mix-up between Pandya and Ravindra Jadeja.

To make things worse, that no-ball seemed to also instil confidence in Azhar Ali a well, who went off Test mode and chose to get into his one-day groove.

Fakhar overcame his early wobbles to share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century.

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