Pakistan crushes India to win Champions Trophy

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Azam played a mediocre shot after a sensible innings on the excellent batting strip and he, the openers and a belligerent Mohammad Hafeez completely neutralised the world-class spinners of India, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as their two overs produced 137 runs.

It proved to be a good toss to lose as Sarfraz said he would also have elected to field if he had won it.

"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.

With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board.

Sagakkara also said that India's chase was off-colour right from the start and felt that the Indian batsmen played on the backfoot.

It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first global century before falling for 114. Pakistan made sure it did not turn out to be a costly mistake, though, as Amir dismissed him next ball.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the ideal platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

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Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well.

He removed India's top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5). Even though, Ali was run out, Zaman upped the ante, smashing four boundaries and two sixes in a span of three overs and completed his century off 92 deliveries.

The two featured in an unbeaten 71 run-stand for the fifth wicket off 47 balls to handle an improved bowling performance by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Co in the final ten overs.

Pandya came to the crease with India teetering on 54 for five after Yuvraj Singh and former captain Dhoni departed in quick succession.

Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76, reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out.

But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first global century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja. An annoyed fan, Shivanand, from Virupapur, a village in Kushtagi Taluk in Koppal District, was so upset about India losing wickets that he took his old 24-inch TV out of his shop and smashed it on the road.

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