Pakistan thrash arch-rivals India to win ICC Champions Trophy

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The final margin of 180 runs was the largest run victory by either Pakistan or India in head-to-head One day worldwide matches, and the largest margin of defeat for a full ICC member in a Champions Trophy competition.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord s, was superb. Zaman's 114 laid the foundation for Pakistan innings and helped them reach to a huge total of 338 for 4, which they defended successfully. His candid and composed approach while responding to questions before and after a match means he is able to duck a tough question during a press conference after a defeat as big as the one against Pakistan in the finals with a convincing answer.

"Rohit, Dhawan and Kohli have been in tremendous form so I was looking for early wickets - and I did it", said Amir.

The outstanding Fakhar only made his one-day worldwide debut in the win over South Africa last week, but the 27-year-old had already made up for lost time with half-centuries against Sri Lanka and England. Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments, This is what happens in sport.

Even India captain Virat Kohli was impressed.

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Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.

Pakistan have been badly bruised against India this series in their opening group stage match, having lost the game by 124 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method.

Fakhar had the last laugh, as Pakistan won its first Trophy final by 180 runs, and its first global ODI title in 25 years.

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.

But it was wins all the way from then on, culminating in Sunday's stunning success at The Oval - the scene of Pakistan's first Test match victory in England in 1954.

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Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.

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.

"Mohammad Amir is a big-match player", said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.

But veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez s quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, then took Pakistan well beyond 300.

For the first time in the tournament, their top order failed while their usually reliable spin bowling was costly - Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav returned combined bowling figures of 21-0-164-1.

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