Pakistan can upset any team on their day, says Kohli

Champions Trophy 2017

Together with Azhar Ali (59), he put on 128 for the first wicket - Pakistan's highest opening stand against India in an ICC tournament - and it took a run out to separate them as Fakhar was guilty of ball-watching. They won by 180 runs against an India side widely tipped to prevail before the start. Junaid was the consistent wicket-taker who helped Pakistan find their feet mid-tournament. They beat South Africa, Sri Lanka and host England to reach their first Trophy final, where only they believed they could end a seven-match, six-year losing streak to India in global tournaments. The right-armer was also adjudged as the player of the tournament.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an wonderful tournament".

But the rest of the much acclaimed Indian batting line-up staged a spectacular collapse and were reduced to 72/6 in the 17th over.

Seamer Mohammad Amir then ripped through India's top order to leave them reeling at 54-5. Rohit had left alone Amir's first two deliveries outside the off stump, and should have anticipated the inswinger next - but was not ready for it. But India captain Virat Kohli defended his decision to bowl on a flat track and said a lucky reprieve for centurion Fakhar Zaman proved to be a costly one.

Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, hit half a dozen of sixes to provide some entertainment, before being run-out due to a awful mix-up with Jadeja.

Pandya was involved in a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and was run-out.

Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

"We showed great character".

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"Even with the ball they came out, they were really aggressive initially, they got those early breakthroughs".

Apart from Pandya, no other Indian batsmen could play freely and were found struggling against a steaming Pakistan bowling attack. One no-ball from Jasprit Bumrah turned the game in Pakistan's favour.

No one got hold of India's most reliable bowler at any stage, and Kumar's figures of 10-2-44-1 were a remarkable outlier in Pakistan's total of 338 for four in the final.

The omens weren't good at the toss as India made Pakistan bat first. He ended up with a knock of 76 runs off 43 balls. This was India's seventh wicket for 152 runs.

Then second wicket partnership between Fakhar and Babar Azam added 72 runs. In his 106-ball innings, Zaman hit 12 boundaries and three sixes. "The cricket is played between two teams". Embraced aggression, freedom in play.

"I think it'll be massive (for Pakistan cricket)", Arthur said.

Mohammad Amir squashedall such hopes with a fiery opening spell that saw him scalping India's prolific top-three - Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan - in quick succession.

There was no looking back after that and was liberal help from all the Indian bowlers, who erred in length, gave away needless extras to release the pressure completely. Pakistan achieved the 300 landmark with Hafeez hitting a six in 45.2 overs.

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