Pakistan Thrashes Archrival India by 180 Runs to Claim ICC Champions Trophy

Former cricketer Zaheer Abbas on Monday lauded the Pakistan team for pulling off an excellent win against title-holders India in the Champions Trophy final and credited youngsters for the big victory.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was all praise for his team for staging a dramatic comeback after the loss to India in the league stage.

They piled up 338 for four, with Fakhar Zaman making a dashing 114 - the left-handed opener's maiden hundred in just his fourth match at this level since a debut in Pakistan's group-stage win over South Africa. "In Sarfraz (Ahmed), it now has a captain who can perhaps take the team to unprecedented glory in the years ahead", opined Afridi.

The ICC Champions Trophy final win against India helped Pakistan vault to the No.6 spot in the International Cricket Council (ICC) One-day International (ODI) rankings, thereby helping them to inch closer to securing a direct entry to the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales.

"The players have gone through a lot". Fakhar then scored a century in the final and Ali then continued the start given by Mohammad Amir while defending a total of 339. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs from 43 balls.

Earlier also, several times chaos has been witnessed in this area after India-Pakistan match, but this is the first time when the government has imposed restriction in the area. But, one can not underestimate Pakistan, looking at their performance in the last few matches, especially against England. But luck was on Pakistan's side.

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years.

There was no shortage of drama and entertainment even after the India versus Pakistan ICC Champions Trophy final came to an end at The Oval in London on Sunday.

Fakhar brought up his maiden century in his fourth one-day global by muscling a sweep of Ashwin for his 12th boundary.

But Shah says cricket is also a great unifier, bringing Indians and Pakistanis closer together.

Hasan Ali was responsible for taking the last Indian wicket, leaving the Blue Shirts with 158 runs from 30.3 overs.

"India was a bit lacklustre in their chase once Kohli was dismissed". Amir, fired up, got Sharma lbw.

So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over, huge cheers erupted around the arena.

"It's always a bad feeling when you get out or the batting doesn't work collectively and everyone feels bad about not having contributed to the team in any way", said the top-ranked one-day batsman.

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.