Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory


Meanwhile, Pakistan would consider it as a golden opportunity to avenge their first match defeat against India and clinch their maiden title.

Defending champions India proved no match for Pakistan on Sunday, losing the much-awaited final game of the Champions Trophy by 180 runs at The Oval in London.

When the spin spearhead gives away 70 runs in 10 overs in a final, the writing is already on the wall for the team and that is exactly what happened as R Ashwin had one of his worst days on the cricket field in the final at the Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan play their "home" matches in UAE and Sunday's 180-run win against defending champions India was a ideal platform to send a strong message to the government in New Delhi.

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He shared a first-wicket stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59) and then put on 72 with Babar Azam (46) for the second wicket.

It was the complete opposite for India however, as they started out as one of the tournament favourites, and went on to script a few very convincing wins on their way to the final, where the finally lost the plot.

Pandya raced to his half-century in 32 balls, with the third of three successive sixes in one over from Shadab Khan - but after pressing on to a new career-best, with four fours and six maximums, he was run out in a hapless mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja which encapsulated India's miserable day.

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"With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities".

Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty. He went for 18 in his first two overs as Pakistan helped themselves with a strong foundation.

His blitzkrieg of an innings (114 from 106 balls) set the tone for the match, and India failed to recover from this big blow altogether.

The Indian captain had come into the match with an astonishing batting average of 253 runs in this year's tournament, having been dismissed only once in four matches. "Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well". Not only did they need wickets in hand, but they also needed to score the quick runs.

He removed India's top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5). Then Bumrah dismissed Fakhar off a no-ball on three and the opener made India pay for the reprieve with a 92-ball ton.

The spin duo of Imad Wasim and Mohammad Hafeez alongside medium-pacer Rumman Raees - who made his debut in the semi-finals - will look to provide depth and variation to the Pakistan bowling line-up.

When asked about the 27-year-old's blitzkrieg, Kohli said that it becomes hard to contain an unorthodox batter like Zaman. The wicketkeeper-batsman made a statement even before he took questions from the press and appealed that this victory should open the gate for worldwide teams to tour Pakistan in the future.