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Pakistan pays India back in same coin in Champions trophy final

Pakistan pays India back in same coin in Champions trophy final

Pakistan has won their first ever Champions Trophy title, thrashing India by 180 runs.

To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

Revelation and redemption helped Pakistan turn world cricket's order upside down as Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global century and Mohammad Amir's brilliant new-ball spell underpinned a landslide 180-run win over India in the Champions
Trophy final.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said: "After the India match when we lost in the group stage, I told my boys the tournament hadn't finished yet".

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand Government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.

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.

Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well.

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

Kohli went on to congratulate the winning Pakistan side and said that their comeback in the tournament shows the potential of the team.




India were then routed for 158 in the 31st over.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawan's opening partner after the younger player aggregated 252 runs in four matches at an impressive strike-rate of 113.

In India nearly all print media went easy on Kohli and his team, crediting Pakistan's performance though the front-page of the Hindustan Times screamed "Obliterated at the Oval: India humiliated by Pak".

In March, Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and head of the ICC's Pakistan task force had said that they want to give Pakistan fans the chance to see the world's best players in live action.

Former Pakistan captain turned politician Imran Khan tweeted his congratulations, while former teammate Wasim Akram, one of the world's greatest fast bowlers, said he was "over the moon".

Seam bowlers Mohammad Amir and Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country's first appearance in the final of the limited-overs tournament which is regarded as a mini-World Cup.

Shahid Afridi said that the current team can develop into one of the top three teams in the world by the 2019 World Cup.

But Pakistan batsman Hafeez says his teammates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday.


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