Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli pose with the Champions Trophy before the final | AP

But India, who put in a solid display of cricketing skills right through the tournament, would go home heads held high as the runner-up.

Zaman with his maiden ODI century in just his fourth match.

However, India skipper Virat Kohli expressed disappointment after losing against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final but said that his team has just lost a game of cricket against a side which outplayed them. Playing in only his 3rd ODI, 27 year old Fakhar Zaman was the pick of the Pakistani batsmen, knocking his way to 114 off 106.

Amir, once vilified for his role in the 2010 Pakistan spot-fixing scandal which led to him serving a prison term in London, was at his brilliant best when he produced a devastating opening spell. Boys you made us happy & proud.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

Out for 3 in the fourth over of the Champions Trophy final, he walked away from the celebrating Indians then stopped to watch the replay on the video screen at The Oval.

Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.

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Bowler Mohammad Amir then removed India's top three batsmen in quick succession.

With very little exposure to playing in lucrative Twenty20 league across the world and lack of global cricket at home, the Champions Trophy win on Sunday was a remarkable feat for the young Pakistan side.

Zaman attacked, Azhar Ali anchored and India's bowlers tried and tried to no avail, the breakthrough finally coming through a run-out in which Zaman left Ali stranded more than halfway down the pitch. Pandya did provide a little hope with his 76 runs helping take the reigning champions from 72-6 to 152-7.

India won the toss and made a decision to field first in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval. But early wickets are never good, especially in a chase.

India suffered a shock loss to Sri Lanka in the group stage before overwhelming Bangladesh in the semis and their captain Virat Kohli has been impressed by Pakistan's resurgence. "It has been an ultra-quick turnaround from no-hopers to champions for the Pakistan players and the manner in which the team won the match was really impressive", Afridi wrote in his column for the ICC's official website.

"We have played here before, one more effort to go and I'm sure the guys will give it our best shot", added Kohli.

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