Kohli, Dhawan and Bhuvneshwar Make ICC Champions Trophy Team

Vincent Carr
June 20, 2017

In a stunning manner, Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy at London's Kennington Oval on Sunday.

Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawan's opening partner after he aggregated 252 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 113, following scores of 31 against South Africa, 50 against Sri Lanka, 57 against England in the semi- final and 114 against India in the final.

In fact, India defeated Pakistan in by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston, which made the Green's championship win even harder to predict.

And on Wednesday they knocked previously unbeaten tournament hosts England out of the competition with a comprehensive eight-wicket win in Cardiff.

Pakistan have been starved of worldwide cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues and Mohammad Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public.

Amir was involved in the spot-fixing scandal that blighted the Lord's Test against England in 2010.

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Among the bowlers, India pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah took significant leaps in the ICC ODI bowlers' list led by Aussie Josh Hazlewood. "Nine boys were playing an ICC event for the first time and four to five boys were in the team for the first time, so I think it is a very good sign for the youngsters. So, to watch some of these really stellar performances, handsome performances, by some of these young cricket stars, who have been unheard of before this tournament - to watch them mature throughout the games, and to watch the team peak at just the right moment, to bring home the trophy, was like a dream come true for all of us". We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today.

The Telegraph also played the hockey win big, though it was also acknowledged Pakistan's win. "And then we just showed great, great character and I am really happy because it's all for the nation of Pakistan because they've been waiting for such a long time".

Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger.

The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.

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

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: "After the India match in the group stage, I told the players the tournament hadn't finished yet". Fakhar's figures of 3.3-0-25-0 were ruined only by Hardik Pandya hitting two consecutive sixes.

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