Zaman, Ali heroics helps Pakistan clinch Champions Trophy title

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Virat Kohli was all grace and smiles after India's crushing defeat in the ICC Champions Trophy final but the Pakistani fans were downright nasty to the India skipper and his teammates.

Victorious Pakistan players dominated the Champions Trophy team of the tournament which was announced on Monday with their captain Sarfraz Ahmed named captain of the side.

Zaman meanwhile will go down in Pakistan cricketing history as the player who scored 114 runs against India in the final of an ICC world event.

Fakhar Zaman neatly summed up the glorious chaos from which Pakistan seems to draw its cricketing strength, having begun the Champions Trophy as an uncapped drinks carrier and ended it with a maiden one-day worldwide hundred in just his fourth appearance, an average of 63 and a shiny winner's medal.

It was a day of contrasting fortunes for India's two new-ball bowlers. "But you have to applaud their brand of cricket and their comeback in this tournament after being crushed by India", Raju Verma, an auto driver, said.

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

The fan was seen recording the video and taunted every Indian cricketer on their way towards the pavilion.

"India couldn't even make half of the score, whole team booked in 30.3 overs", the Daily Jang said.

But he put that behind him here with a magical spell of three for 16 in his first five overs, removing India's top three batsmen - first Rohit Sharma, then Virat Kohli, followed by Shikhar Dhawan.

"With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities throughout the innings", he added. The south Asian nation claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009. He had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan's first Champions Trophy win.

Delhi's streets were all but deserted after the game ended with fans storming out of public screenings after Hardik Pandya's 76-run blitz ended with India staring down the barrel at 152-7. Twitter user Prachi Dasin said "This is cheating, Fakhar Zaman is out of syllabus!" While Warne wrote: "Congrats Pakistan on a wonderful victory. The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said. "They outplayed us. They were more intense and passionate on the day". The fact remained that a fully turned-on Pakistan team, the sentimental favourites here for all that they are going through for inability to play at home - were the better team and deserved winners.

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