Pakistan thrash India in cricket Champions Trophy victory

Pakistan celebrates at ICC Champions Trophy Final, The Kia Oval, London, June 18.

There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan. "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", Afridi said.

"It's a great team effort".

"Yes, we have shown the composure in pressure situations most often in this tournament, but that is no guarantee that you're going to do it every time".

They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day global hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

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.

Sarfraz said, "I think this is a great achievement for me, my team and my country".

Pakistan, once a cricketing powerhouse, has watched its world ranking slide as top teams have refused to tour the conflict-prone country, forcing the home side to play all worldwide matches overseas. "So, hopefully, this win will boost Pakistan cricket and all [cricket] playing nations will come to Pakistan", the Dawn quoted Sarfraz, as saying. You know, we knew the caliber of players we had.

"That was an aberration". We wanted to be a lot more consistent.

Imran, however, lamented that Pakistan despite having a huge population was nowhere in other sports globally and has lost its stature in hockey and squash.

"Mohammed Amir, returning after his back spasms, proved once again why he is one of the finest pace bowlers in the world right now by ripping the heart out of the Indian batting", he added.

Meanwhile, reflecting on India's tournament as a whole, Kohli insisted: "We can (still) be very proud ... and we leave here with our heads held high. The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.

"They had to earn their win, credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments". "It's a final against India, so I just tried to enjoy the innings".

Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous.

"We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game".

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