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Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Other batsmen in the top five are Rohit Sharma (304, 5 matches), Tamim Iqbal (293, 4 matches), Joe Root (258, 4 matches), Virat Kohli (258, 5 matches).

The Champions Trophy final between arch-rivals India and Pakistan was the most tweeted one day global (ODI) ever in the history of Twitter with a record-breaking 1.8 million tweets for #INDvPAK in #CT17, the most for any ODI, said a statement from the micro blogging social network.

Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan's team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India. "We played very well and now we have won the final", he said.

Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman's 114 his maiden one-day worldwide hundred in just his fourth match at this level.

India, looking to retain the Champions Trophy, went down without a fight as they collapsed to 158 all out and Amir felt his spell was crucial.

"All the boys worked very hard, after losing that first match, the way the boys made the comeback is remarkable", said Sarfraz.

"Pakistan had a dream run in the tournament, but doubts remained over its ability to tackle the pressures of an India game, let alone that of a final".

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"That was an aberration. We will take that on the chin and move on", concluded the 28-year-old.

But it was fellow paceman Hasan Ali, the player of the tournament having kick-started Pakistan's revival in their group-win over South Africa, who ended the match with more than 19 overs to spare when he had tailender Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

India captain Kohli conceded Pakistan were worthy winners and, while he claimed to be proud of his players, his admission that the new champions played with more passion was a damning indictment.

"First of all I would like to thank God, I think this is a big victory for the whole Pakistani public", he told reporters".

Despite the heavy loss, Kohli had a smile on his face. Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was incredible.

"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win".

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