Champions Trophy: 23 more Muslims booked in India for celebrating Pak victory

Reflecting on the announcement, Minister of State for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said that the Pakistan team had lifted the spirit of nation by producing brilliant performance throughout the tournament.

There was no way back for India, who collapsed to 158 all out with almost 20 overs of the match as they suffered their heaviest defeat by runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan. "It's a very young team and credit goes to them and the management".

India may well have suffered a 180-run rout at the hands of Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final but they came out on top on the other side of London - in field hockey.

Photographs of Pakistan cricket fans dancing in the streets were plastered all over the national newspapers yesterday, after their eighth-ranked team produced a thrilling landslide win against arch-rivals India in the Champions Trophy final.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed, who returned home taking Champions Trophy, is busy meeting his fans that are showing up to his house in Karachi.

Cricket fans across both countries follow the matches closely, and a win or defeat results in a display of overwhelming emotions, including incidents when fans break their television screens.

Sarfraz also won the Player of the Match award in the match against Sri Lanka when Pakistan, chasing 237 runs for victory, had slipped from 74 for one to 162 for seven.

"Look, I think it'll be massive (implication of this victory)". We knew what their abilities were, and that certainly wasn't what we had trained for, and we didn't play to anywhere near our ability.

This was Pakistan's first ICC title triumph since their 2009 World Twenty20.

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. Mohammad Hafeez has gained two slots to reach 20th rank while opener Azhar Ali has moved up 11 slots to 31st position.

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team", coach Mickey Arthur said. "That's the aim at the moment".

  • Julie Sanders