Pakistan rout India to win maiden ICC Champions Trophy title

India were eventually dismissed for 158, with 19.3 overs to spare, losing by a massive 180 runs.India captain Virat Kohli said Fakhar Zaman’s cavalier approach was hard to counter as 80 percent of his “high risk shots” came off well during the Champions Trophy final against Paksitan, here on Sunday. Riding on their luck early one, the openers Fakhar Zamaan and Azhar Ali gave them a flawless 100 plus stand.With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board.Hafeez struck an unbeaten 57 from 37 balls and Babar Azam amassed 46 as Pakistan chalked up 338 – a total deemed eminently gettable on a run-filled surface.He dismissed three of the world’s top (ODI) batsmen in Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell. He went past Brendan Taylor’s 42 off 27 balls against Ashwin in the 2015 World Cup game in Auckland.”It was about the team doing well and we have done well to be in the final”, Kohli said.India have done well chasing down targets so captain Virat Kohli opted to put his rivals in to bat first.Amir, who missed Pakistan’s semi-final win over England with a back spasm, had taken two wickets for four runs in eight balls and India were six for two.It was the complete opposite for India however, as they started out as one of the tournament favourites, and went on to script a few very convincing wins on their way to the final, where the finally lost the plot.India had defeated Pakistan in the group stage match of the tournament.India never really recovered from this triple blow, even though they had batting strength, with the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra singh Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, and Ravichandran Ashwin, all being recognised batters, following Kohli.But Pakistan batsman Hafeez says his team-mates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday.”It s been an up and down ride for us but I m just so proud of the boys”, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur told Sky Sports.Successive Indian governments have refused to play bilateral cricket with Pakistan and it is unlikely that the result of the 2017 Champions Trophy will change the views of the Narendra Modi government.”They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win. But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it’s better for the team in the future”.