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Published: Tue, June 20, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

In October 2015, this Pakistan side only just made it into the tournament as one of the top eight teams in the world given just days after the cut off point they were beaten by Zimbabwe and slipped to ninth.

"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.

Fakhar Zaman, who scored a match-winning 114 in Pakistan's 180-run victory over arch-rivals India in the final, was picked alongside the tournament's top scorer Shikhar Dhawan of India.

Latif appreciated the efforts put in by Kohli and his team.

India captain Virat Kohli, who was one of three batsmen dismissed in a devastating opening spell from Mohammad Amir, accepted his side had been a distant second best.

Another former skipper Shahid Afridi said the performance will be "remembered long by both Indian and Pakistani fans'".

Pakistan's captain Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates after taking the catch to dismiss India's Jasprit Bumrah and take India's last wicket to win the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval in London, Sunday, June 18, 2017.

India managed just two more runs before the final wicket sparked wild scenes in South London.

Pakistan coach Micky Arthur said: "It's been an up and down ride but the whole group kept believing".

"After the first game I said there is a big gap between Ind & Pak these days".

"That was an aberration". After he was gone at 152, India managed only six more runs and survived for only 24 more balls. "Tournaments like Ashes or any other tournaments are not big than India-Pakistan matches", Latif said.

"Honestly I wasn't expecting Pakistan to go beyond the group stage", he added, reflecting on the unpredictable nature of the national team, "but the young players have shown there's nothing impossible in this world".

Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well.

Pakistan pacer Hassan Ali, who was named Player of the Tournament after finishing with 13 wickets including hauls of 3/19 in the final and 3/35 against England, has gained 12 positions to reach the No.7 position.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an fantastic tournament".

"They [Pakistan] had an fantastic tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have". You talk about our players not playing at home but also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don't see global cricket. "It's a final against India, so I just tried to enjoy the innings".

Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous.

Dhawan was out to an Amir cross seamer, and India was 33-3.Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni could still rescue India, but Singh was hit pad first by spinner Shadab, confirmed by video review.

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