Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs in finals

Lynette Rowe
June 20, 2017

Pakistan have celebrated the Champions Trophy title for the first time in the history by eliminating arch-rivals India.

Praising Pakistan for their brilliant all-round performance in the Champions Trophy final here on Sunday, Indian skipper Virat Kohli said the green brigade can upset any team on their day.

However, some of the Pakistan fans at The Oval went over the board with their celebrations and made some derogatory comments towards the Indian team which was returning to the dressing room after the loss.

From young pacer Hasan Ali to left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan's young brigade has sizzled in the Champions Trophy.

Chasing a challenging total of 339 runs, India was bowled out for 158 runs in 33.3 overs. The south Asian nation claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009.

"It was disappointing. Congos to Pakistan".

Arthur is convinced that only talented newcomers can make Pakistan change their approach towards the game."He is of the view that some of Pakistan's senior players were too set in their own ways and that it is already too late in the game for them".

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"When players like that get going on their day, it becomes really hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk - and they were all coming off", said Kohli. "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an incredible tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".

Meanwhile, reflecting on India's tournament as a whole, Kohli insisted: "We can (still) be very proud. and we leave here with our heads held high". They were more intense and more passionate.

Pandya got out after scoring 76 runs off 43 balls. The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final.

- Hasan, in the absence of the injured Amir (back spasm) produces a superb skilled display in taking three wickets as previously unbeaten tournament hosts England are dismissed for 211.

"You learn with every cricket game that you play", Kohli said.

"It needs a lot of guts to do that", he said.

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