London, June 19: Pakistan demolished defending champions India by 180 runs in the final to lift their maiden ICC Champions Trophy 2017 cricket tournament here on Sunday (June 18).
Riding on an impressive century by opener Fakhar Zaman and brilliant fifties from Azhar Ali and Mohammed Hafeez Pakistan went on to post a massive total of 338/4 in the allotted 50 overs.
In reply, India were all bundled out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs as no batsman, barring Hardik Pandya, offered any resistance against a disciplined bowling effort from Pakistan.
On a placid track where batting looked easy when Pakistan were batting, pacer Mohammad Amir gave three early blows to India by dismissing Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan in his spell of six overs.
India could never recover from the early losses and were restricted to a paltry 158. Pandya (76 off 43 balls) was the lone batsman who was unnerved by the Pakistani bowling and scored runs at ease.
He was unfortunate to be involved in miscommunication and ended up losing his wicket via run out.
None of the Indian batsmen played with responsibility and threw their wickets away at crucial junctures. Credit should also be given to the Pakistani bowlers who kept things tight for India from the very first over and never let the pressure ease.
Pakistan, thus, claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009.
World Cup winning skipper Imran Khan and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram led the tributes as Pakistan cricket fraternity celebrated a 180-run victory over India.
Here's who said what on Pakistan's emphatic win over India:
Congratulations to Team Pakistan on their great performance in winning #CT17 And how wonderful to watch Fakhar's raw talent in action.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 18, 2017
So proud. Pakistan played like winners and now are champions of the world. Tonight belongs to the heroes in the Green and white #bringItHome— Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) June 18, 2017
Misbah Ul Haq:
This performance will be remembered long by both Indian and Pakistani fans :) Pakistan 've made this #CT17 truly memorable— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 18, 2017
Love you Pakistan team we just love you ..proud moment for every Pakistani .. pic.twitter.com/r41pyD3xLI— Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) June 18, 2017
Congrats Pakistan on winning the #CT17 While they were a lot of brilliant performers the way Sarfaraz captained impressed me the most👍— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) June 18, 2017
I was hoping a team in green and gold would win. Seems there was a mix up in countries though 😉— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) June 18, 2017
Well done Pakistan, congrats Mickey
Congratulations 🇵🇰 on a wonderful performance today. Absolutely brilliant with both bat and ball. #CT17winners🏏— Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) June 18, 2017
We proud of you team pakistan 🇵🇰— Saqlain Mushtaq (@Saqlain_Mushtaq) June 18, 2017
Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today. Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) June 18, 2017
Egg on my face Pakistan ... but delighted to have been proved wrong ... Fantastic Cricketing country and your team have been outstanding ..— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) June 18, 2017
Batting first in big games, the age old theory coming true once again.— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) June 18, 2017
But very disappointing from India today.#INDvPAK
Some Words of appreciation for Team India as well:
India excellent throughout tournament except today. Impressed how well @imVkohli spoke post match. Gracious in defeat.— Brendon McCullum (@Bazmccullum) June 18, 2017
How many Defending Champions reach the finals? India did that...and in style. We should be very proud of how the boys played. ##CT17— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 18, 2017