Amir, Fakhar star as Pakistan rout India for Champions Trophy title

June 16  Indian cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar led the list of congratulatory messages for Team India after they reached their second consecutive the ICC Champions Trophy final by decimating Bangladesh by nine wickets in the semi-final

Amir, Fakhar star as Pakistan rout India for Champions Trophy title

"That's massive. So let's hope that this really kick-starts that momentum in Pakistan again".

This was Pakistan's largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005.

But, when Virat Kohli raveled why was smiling while congratulating his arch rivals for a thoroughly deserved victory, he won everyone's heart.

But veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300.

But a brilliant century by Fakhar Zaman laid the foundations for an imposing total of 338 for four and Mohammad Amir came up with a devastating opening spell to rip out the cream of India's batting, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets, including the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah caught by Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, and went on to win the tournament's Golden Ball award at the top bowler throughout the competition.

"The pitch was consistent throughout, we backed out strengths (to chase)", said Kohli after Pakistan outplayed India by 180 runs to win their maiden Champions Trophy.

The ICC Champions Trophy final win against India helped Pakistan vault to the No.6 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-day International (ODI) rankings, thereby helping them to inch closer to securing a direct entry to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. "Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket", former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said.

Pakistan had started disastrously when they suffered a 124-run thrashing at the hands of India before they bounced back to defeat South Africa by 19 runs, Sri Lanka by three wickets and England in the semi-final by eight wickets.

It was a remarkable tournament for Pakistan and Hasan Ali, who ended as the top wicket-taker with 13, was named Player of the Series for his fantastic bowling displays. "We can not take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day", Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.

"They [Pakistan] deserved to win. We knew the calibre of players we had so we just had to keep believing". The way they turned things around, it was fantastic.

"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".

"I have played with Amir since 2007", revealed Imad Wasim, the Pakistan all-rounder.

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