Pakistan stun India to win Champions Trophy final

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

I said when we arrived here, we have nothing to lose and we have nothing to lose today too.

By the time Ravindra Jadeja took a well-judged catch off Hardik Pandya to remove Zaman, the team's total had reached 200.

This was Pakistan's maiden victory in the International Cricket Council Champions Trophy, one of the major global cricket tournaments conducted by the ICC.

As Pakistan beat India in the recently concluded Champions Trophy final in London, some television sets were broken in India, while the situation was quite different in Kashmir.

"If there's been a more improbable Pakistan triumph than this, it's yet to be written", said Osman Samiuddin, author of a definitive book on Pakistan cricket, The Unquiet Ones.

Pakistan gained four points to move to 95 points as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semi- final victory over England. Read Also: Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan: Most memorable moments over the years The left-handed opener was struggling to get going and was out in the fourth over, caught by MS Dhoni off Bumrah, but it turned out to be a no-ball.

India captain Kohli accepted his side had been a distant second best.

"They [Pakistan] had an fantastic tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have". "They can upset anyone on their day". "We can be very proud of that as a unit and we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".

"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through. We can not take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

It was the culmination of an impressive tournament from Pakistan who improved as the tournament went on after their poor opener against India.

Pakistan, who will aim for more ODI glory in England at the 2019 World Cup, looked anything but tournament winners after their opening loss.

India captain Virat Kohli said: "Pakistan had a good performance, I congratulate them".

Defending champions India proved no match for Pakistan on Sunday, losing the much-awaited final game of the Champions Trophy by 180 runs at The Oval in London. "We've been through [his past] before but what I do know is that Amir is a big-match player".

Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with a superb inswinger.

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