Pakistan crush India to win the ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan crush India to win the ICC Champions Trophy

Fifteen people have been arrested in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh for allegedly shouting "anti-India and pro-Pakistan" slogans during the Champions Trophy cricket final.

"The 1992 World Cup win gave us a new generation of match winners and this win ranks very close to that".

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 rode his luck for a spellbinding 114, caught-behind from a no-ball on three and escaping a run-out chance with just a single to his name in Pakistan's total of 338 for four at The Oval.

"India lost the cricket but won in hockey against Pakistan".

Amir, who missed Pakistan's eight-wicket semi-final win over England with a back spasm, finished with three wickets for 16 runs in six overs.

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.

The 50-over tournament hosted by England and Wales recently concluded on Sunday (18 June) as Pakistan upset the odds to defeat favourites India by 180 runs.

"Cricket is the blood and heart of our nation", says journalist Bina Shah, in the Pakistani city of Karachi.

"They both, on the face of it, meet the majority, if not all, of the full member criteria that has been set. I dedicate this win to the people of Pakistan".

According to bookies, huge sums of money were riding on Team India - not just within the country but also gambling hubs overseas such as in the Gulf nations- as this was one of the most-anticipated sporting events in months.

Fakhar continued to a 92-ball century, finally falling to Indian bowler Hardik Pandya in the 33rd over.

He raised hopes of pulling off a one-man Indian Houdini act as he hit three successive sixes to reach his half century. "It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm so proud of the boys", he said. "Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well". The Pakistan team entered the tournament as Underdogs as they barely made it there being positioned at No.8 in the ICC ODI Rankings.

Pakistan was cruising at 0-128 in the 23 over with Azhar on 59, when he was involved in a farcical mix-up with opening partner Fakhar Zaman.



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