Cricket fraternity congratulate Pakistan for CT 2017 win

Mohammad Amir removed all of India's top three as Pakistan routed their arch-rivals by 180 runs in an astonishing Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

The two sides' most recent encounter was their tournament opener earlier this month, where India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs.

However, India skipper Virat Kohli expressed disappointment after losing against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final but said that his team has just lost a game of cricket against a side which outplayed them.

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 worldwide hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

The green shirts' total was bolstered by a solid 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali which set the mood for the first inning.

The last time Pakistan won a major 50-over ICC tournament was also during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, when Khan led his team over England in the 1992 final at Melbourne, Australia.

"Rarely have I seen Pakistan deliver such a clinical performance in a tournament decider and annihilating hot favourite India came as a pleasant surprise", he added. As Virat Kohli said in the post-match conference, it was just the probing, aggressive bowling display by Pakistan that did the Indian batting in. Zaman made the most of the reprieve and registered his first boundary two-balls later.

With very little exposure to playing in lucrative Twenty20 league across the world and lack of global cricket at home, the Champions Trophy win on Sunday was a remarkable feat for the young Pakistan side.

Despite being disappointed, Kohli, at the post-match presentation ceremony, said: "I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an incredible tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have".

"Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today".

India, who entered the field as favorites after winning the previous match against Pakistan in the tournament, had a shaky start when fiery Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir dismissed Indian opener Rohit Sharma for a duck.

114 Zaman's score, the fourth-highest by a Pakistan batsman in a World Cup or Champions Trophy game, and the first hundred for Pakistan in the final of these tournaments. "They were more intense and more passionate".

"This is one victory that Pakistan fans will remember for long". Despite Hardik Pandya's 76 from 43 deliveries down the order, India could not rebuild after Amir's brilliance, and were beaten by 180 runs.

  • Julie Sanders