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What makes the Pak-India Champions Trophy final historic?

What makes the Pak-India Champions Trophy final historic?

The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 tournament is finally over and Pakistan team has emerged the winners - they beat India by 180 runs in the final to clinch their maiden Champions Trophy crown.

He said he hoped the win would nourish passionate fans starved of watching their team play at home.

After Kohli won the toss and, surprisingly, opted to field first, Pakistan posted an imposing total of 338 for four featuring Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global hundred, an innings where he might have been run out for one and was caught off a no-ball on three.

Fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out with 19.3 overs to spare.

Speaking after the match, Sarfraz said he never expected to win the title after losing to India by 124 runs in their opening match.

"I would rate his performance as arguably the greatest by a Pakistani in a world event final considering that this was only his fourth ODI and first ever against India", he said.

"We can be very proud of that as a unit, we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".

However, support for the Indian team hasn't dwindled post Pakistan's upset win.

"Pakistan has unearthed new heroes in a span of 14 days", said Afridi, "From Fakhar Zaman to Hassan Ali and Shadab Khan, Pakistan has shown the world its rich talent and pedigree".

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

Pakistan gained four points to move to 95 points as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semifinal victory over England.

"Fakhar is a great impact player, he played like a champion batsman".

"To be appointed as captain of the team of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, which includes some of the finest and most attractive cricketers of this generation, is the ideal icing on the cake", said Sarfraz in a statement.

But Pakistan collapse to 162 for seven before an unbroken stand of 75 between skipper Sarfraz (61 not out) and Mohammad Amir (28 not out) sees them win what is a virtual quarter-final.

Amir struck just three balls into India s reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger. And look we are here today.

KRK tweeted to say, "Virat Kohli should be banned from playing cricket for lifetime for selling pride of 130Cr Indians to Pakistan".

"We want to be a little more consistent as a team but we've got a group of players here who are fantastic".