Zaman, Amir propel Pakistan to rout India for first Champions Trophy title

Indian skipper Virat Kohli was all praise for Pakistan cricket team that defeated the Men in Blue by 180 runs in the final of 2017 Champions Trophy at Kennington Oval on Sunday.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4.

Azhar Ali also scored 59 off 71 and after his departure Babar Azam also put some notable contribution in the board with 46 off 52.

But a brilliant century by Fakhar Zaman laid the foundations for an imposing total of 338 for four and Mohammad Amir came up with a devastating opening spell to rip out the cream of India's batting, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

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.

It was Pakistan's first global 50-over trophy since winning the 1992 World Cup.

The cricket rivalry between the neighboring countries of Pakistan and India is traditionally matched in intensity only by that between England and Australia, and the match had been awaited with eager anticipation by fans from both sides.

"When players like that get going on their day, it becomes really hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk - and they were all coming off", said Kohli.

"They are basically a nomadic team which plays overseas".

"This is a fantastic form of the game that the players love playing", said Hussey, "And the supporters have shown that they still enjoy the spectacle of what one-day cricket can offer".

There was more good news for Pakistan in the individual rankings, with player-of-the-tournament Hasan Ali climbing 12 spots into seventh on the bowling charts, with the right-armer finding himself in the top-10 for the first time. Pakistan played like winners and now are champions of the world. Pakistan made sure it did not turn out to be a costly mistake, though, as Amir dismissed him with the next ball.

Next ball, Kohli hit it straight to Shadab at point and Amir, bowling at 140-plus kph, had his second wicket. Alongside a photo of the hockey team, the paper featured an image of Kidambi Srikanth, who won the Indonesia Superseries Premier badminton tournament earlier in the day.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters", he said. They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final.

I dedicate this win to the people of Pakistan.

The 37-year-old further said that at present, Pakistan have got a team that has the ability to develop into one of the top three teams by the time the 2019 World Cup is played in England.

  • Leroy Wright