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BREAKING: Pakistan Beat India To Win ICC Champions Trophy

BREAKING: Pakistan Beat India To Win ICC Champions Trophy

Pakistan put together an incredible performance at the crease and in the field as they upset the odd to destroy rivals India and win the ICC Champions Trophy for the first time.

Just two weeks ago India battered Pakistan in the group stages of the ICC Champions Trophy and no one gave the beaten side a chance of even making it in to the knockout stages, how wrong they were.

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At that point it really was embarrassing for Pakistan and seemed to give them little to no chance of qualifying for the semi-finals with India and South Africa expected to dominate the group.

An incredible crowd saw an amazing match. Image: PA

But after beating South Africa and then holding on to beat Sri Lanka they then upset hosts England in the 'semi', beating them by eight wickets.

They came into the final against India at the Oval as the outsiders and when India won the toss and decided to chase it was felt like Pakistan would need to post close to 350 to just have a chance.

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Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali made the perfect start for Pakistan even with Zaman 'losing' his wicket only for it to be a no-ball and India missing out on a run-out all before the opener reached 10.

The pair put on 128 together before Ali was run-out in pretty ridiculous circumstances after his fellow opener didn't run when there was clearly one available.

Zaman with his maiden ODI century in just his fourth match. Image: PA

Babar Azam was next and Pakistan got to 200-2 after 33 overs and were on for around 400 with the 'rule' these days being doubling the scorer at 32 overs.

That was when Zaman was out having made his maiden ODI century and making 114 from 106 balls. From there Mickey Arthur's side lost some of their momentum but still finished on 338-4, leaving India by far the highest chase in a Champions Trophy final.

But India love a chase right?

Amir was almost unplayable at times. Image: PA

Mohammad Amir had Rohit Sharma lbw in the first over and the king of the ODI chase, Virat Kohli came in at 0-1 but instead of steadying the ship he was dropped after just eight balls and instead of taking that reprieve he was out one ball later.

Amir struck a third time to get rid of Dhawan and it was 33-3 and soon Singh, Dhoni and Jadhav were back in the hutch at 72-6 and it was all but over.

Pandya gave India some hope by smashing 76 from 43 before being run-out by Jadeja in laughable circumstances and then Hasan pitched in with three wickets to finish a huge 180 run win

An amazing win for Pakistan against all the odds!

Topics: Pakistan, India

Ryan Sidle

Ryan is a writer for SPORTbible. He covers all sport from football, formula one, cricket, rugby, tennis, athletics, mma and wrestling. He obviously hates YOUR football team and has no interest in synchronised swimming.

 

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