Pakistan defeat India to win Champions Trophy

Mohammad Amir missed the semi-final clash against England due to a back injury in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017

This is the least we could do, " said Pakistan's batsman Mohammad Hafeez.

All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm.

If turning things round since then has been impressive, to turn fortunes round since their opening match against yesterday's rivals, when they were thrashed by India by 124 runs, has been even more so.

Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya, gave a brief flicker of hope to the Blue Shirts, handily knocking 76 runs off 43 balls. But his run out following a misunderstanding with Ravindra Jadeja just typified the day India had at the Oval.

"Then we kept losing wickets".

Turning to the coin, India won the toss and Virat Kohli opted to bowl first. That is the point here.

For once, the Pakistan middle order didn't waste the great start.

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Fakhar Zaman was the beneficiary of the Indian largesse and he ensured the Indian team paid the price for it, as much as for their wayward bowling. The left hander finally fell for 114 from 106 balls.

Once Pakistan posted an imposing total, the pressure was entirely on the Indian batsmen, and with fit-again Mohammed Amir getting rid of in-form Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the writing was on the wall. This team of youngsters look a force to be reckoned with over the coming years.

That extras cost India in the finals would be an understatement. R Ashwin, who replaced him, was no better.

Babar Azam was next and Pakistan got to 200-2 after 33 overs and were on for around 400 with the "rule" these days being doubling the scorer at 32 overs. They reached 50 in the tenth over. "They can upset anyone on their day", Kohli said after the match. They conceded 12 wides/no-balls in the first 11 overs (13 wides and three no-balls in total). But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it s better for the team in the future.

Pakistan got off to a tentative start after being inserted. India were 154-7 at this stage. Zaman's batting didn't have the grace that one normally associates with left-handers but on a true pitch where hitting through the line was easy, it suited his style. It changed the course of the game for one more time.

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical 1-44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls - almost three extra overs.

Hafeez, who smashed an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls to help take Pakistan past thee 300-mark, said the win was for everyone in his homeland.

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