Pakistan stun holders India to lift Champions Trophy

Mohammad Amir removed all of India s top three as Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.Led by Fakhar Zaman’s aggressive 114 off 106 balls, Pakistan scored 338-4 at The Oval in London after India won the toss and surprisingly opted to field first.For once, the Pakistan middle order didn’t waste the great start, and Mohammad Hafeez (57 not out) and Babar Azam (46) helped to net 91 runs in the last 10 overs, to give Pakistan’s bowlers an impressive total to defend.In a clip uploaded by the International Cricket Council (ICC) on their official Twitter handle, India skipper Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh could be seen sharing a light moment on the ground with the Pakistan cricketers, and it has gone viral on social media, with a number of fans from both the nations lauding their gesture.”The whole group kept believing, we knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India”. Amir, who was 18, was banned from cricket for five years and also served three months of a six-month prison sentence in a young offenders’ institute.”But I am more happy and delighted for players like Fakhar Zaman and Hassan Ali, who impressed their peers through their talent and performances, and found their way in the side”. They certainly played very good cricket. “The fans, especially youngsters, who saw the team dethrone India, will be inspired to replicate the performances of their heroes in the years to come”, he said.Hasan Ali drew inspiration from his fellow fast bowler to take three wickets and, supported by tigerish fielding which has not always been a feature of Pakistan cricket teams, they bowled out India for 158 to win the trophy for the first time.Pakistan pace bowler Hassan Ali and rookie opener Fakhar Zaman are among those to make huge gains. “We want to be more consistent as a team”.”We wanted to bowl first”. The Green Shirts had entered as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, with nobody predicting they would go on to lift the trophy.Sport looks at Pakistan’s remarkable run to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title. For them, and for millions of people across Pakistan, the taste of victory was sweet.”With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities. It’s no shame losing to a better team”, Kohli had said in his post-match conference on Sunday.He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of global cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds.