Felicitations pour in as Pakistan clinch Champions Trophy

With India taking on Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final on Sunday, fans have been vociferous in supporting their respective teams on social media.

Zaman collected his third fifty in a row, shortly which the opening stand was cut off with a run out - apt, considering the degrees of running on exhibition and India's muddled bowling.

Earlier, Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and as expected chose to bowl first in Champions Trophy final against Pakistan, here at The Oval.

Pakistan strike bowler Mohammad Amir, who missed the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm, took out all three of India's premier batsmen for figures of 6-2-16-3.

Today's match was a one-sided affair, with Pakistan outperforming India in all three departments. Obviously, if you reach the finals you have to play some good cricket, and credit to them (Pakistan), they've turned things around for themselves really well.

Arthur suggested he and the staff made a mistake in analysing India too much, creating a fear that came out on the field at Edgbaston. A forerunner of the Champions Trophy, the seven-team tournament featuring all of the then-Test playing was organised by the Victorian Cricket Association.

Throughout the tournament, Pakistan has proven that its bowling is its stronger suit with the skill and guile of players like Hassan Ali and Imad Wasim, who've both impressed me hugely.

India captain Virat Kohli: "I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters".

Television advertising rates for today's cricket final between India and Pakistan are 10 times the normal price, industry sources said, as millions of fans are expected to tune in for a clash that last time ranked among the six most-watched sporting events.

Indian batting has been rock solid with all their top three batsmen - Shikhar Dhawan (317 runs), Rohit Sharma (304 runs) and Kohli (253 runs) enjoying a fine run of form.

"When you win ugly, you learn a lot about the team".

Azhar, often criticised for slow-scoring, completed a 61-ball fifty with a single off Ravindra Jadeja and later in the same over Fakhar followed him to the landmark in 60 balls when he cut the left-arm spinner for four through Yuvraj Singh at point.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was all praise for his team for staging a dramatic comeback after the loss to India in the league stage. They were threatening (to oppositions) instead of being self-destructive, they looked ready to play the waiting game instead of being unnecessarily glamorous.

We will update this post with more live stream channels when the match will start. They were passionate, they were the winners and they were everything that Pakistan that can be at their highs as they clinched the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.

  • Julie Sanders