In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs. We went into it with massive confidence, feeling we had a great chance of winning and then going on to win the tournament. It was his maiden ODI hundred in just his fourth match at this level.
The player of the match was, quite correctly, awarded to Pakistani batsman, Fakhar Zaman.
It was after Ali's dismissal in the 23rd over, for a 71-balll 59 - via a run out, that Zaman - playing his fourth global innings, switched gears and set Pakistan on course for a sizable total.
"When players like that get going on their day, it becomes real hard to stop them because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off", said Kohli.
There has not been an global match in Pakistan since a 2009 attack on Sri Lanka's team bus killed six policemen and injured seven cricketers.
"They proved it again today, they can upset anyone on their day".
"The credit goes to my boys; they're learning very well and they work hard.When superstars play, it is easier to guide them during a match because they don't need much guidance; they already know how to cope with high-pressure situations".
"We're scheduled to have a World XI in Pakistan in September for three Twenty20 games", he said. "They were more intense and more passionate".
"We just had to keep believing. they kept on believing, trusting their roles (and) trusting the game-plan that "Saffy" (Sarfraz) and I had set up", said Arthur for whom this was a first major tournament success after spells in charge of both his native South Africa and Australia. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well.
Pakistan enhanced their long-held reputation as one of the most unpredictable teams in world sport with an extraordinary and overwhelming victory over bitter local rivals India in the Champions Trophy final on Sunday.
Dhawan and Hasan had won the Golden Bat and Golden Ball trophies respectively for finishing as the most successful batsman and bowler.
The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs.
Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, including six huge sixes, to give India hope of a dramatic revival but he was run out following a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and left the arena shaking his head in an obvious state of frustration.