Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

A lot of Shikhar Dhawan's success in the Champions Trophy is down to staying still and playing the ball late

A lot of Shikhar Dhawan's success in the Champions Trophy is down to staying still and playing the ball late

Earlier, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and as expected made a decision to bowl first in Champions Trophy final against Pakistan, here at The Oval.

It was built on a tremendous stand for the opening wicket - with India's first breakthrough not until the 23rd over when Pakistan had already amassed 128 runs.

Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir shone as Pakistan defied the odds to overwhelm arch-rivals India by 180 runs and pull off a major upset in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

What a difference two weeks have made, though, Fakhar delivering at every attempt after being brought in for his debut at the age of 27 and Amir's pace and swing proving too good here for Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan - who could add only 26 runs between them to the 895 they had made over the previous four matches. And all you can say is, the best side on the day won, which is what is supposed to happen in sport.

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.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4. The last time they met in a summit clash was 10 years back, when India clinched the World T20 title, in a thriller at Johannesburg.

On the other hand, many pubs chose to open early and lure prospective customers with "buy two, get three" beer offers.

After India elected to bowl first, Fakhar led a charmed life early on.

"That was an aberration".

The powerful all-rounder also hit Fakhar for back-to-back sixes, but a mix-up between the wickets with Jadeja cut short the most absorbing of counter-attacks and the end was not long in coming thereafter.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan is the tournament's leading run scorer with 317 runs in four matches and will look to continue his momentum against Pakistan.

"It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us. Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well". He has been sensational throughout and he is playing a terrific knock when it matters the most.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an wonderful tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have. The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.

"I'm disappointed but I have a smile on my face because I'm proud of how my team has performed in the tournament overall".

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