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Five key moments that propelled Pakistan to Champions Trophy glory

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Patty Aguilar | 19 June, 2017, 19:51

In India nearly all print media went easy on Kohli and his team, crediting Pakistan's performance though the front-page of the Hindustan Times screamed "Obliterated at the Oval: India humiliated by Pak".

To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

Pakistan, entering the tournament ranked eighth out of the eight teams in the tournament, stunned arch-rivals India on Sunday to win the 2017 International Cricket Council Champions Trophy final by 180 runs at Kia Oval in London, England.

India eventually collapsed to 158 all out as they suffered their heaviest defeat in terms of runs in 129 ODIs against Pakistan.

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. Zaman and Azhar were ready to use their feet and with no turn on offer whipped them on all parts of the ground easily.

"Hopefully this win, everyone will remember, not today, not tomorrow, [but for a] very long, long time", said a delighted Sarfraz.

They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day global hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

Despite a series of successes in the kitty, the Indian team were on the back foot, and lacked aggression, a stark contrast to what they have been showcasing so far.

"If there's been a more improbable Pakistan triumph than this, it's yet to be written", said Osman Samiuddin, author of a definitive book on Pakistan cricket, The Unquiet Ones. "They were more intense, passionate and deserved to win".

"Hardik played well. Small margins can be massive in cricket". 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.

Kohli also said he backed his boys to chase in the title clash.

Gupta's claim was a jab at emotional Pakistani cricket fans, some of whom have in the past reacted to Pakistan's defeat against India in a similar manner. I know there are people that expect the team and myself to do well every time that we play, but I understand as a player and as a person that it's not possible. Sometimes, the opposition does play very well. This will be the legacy we leave behind, that we beat India in the final. "A guy hitting a good shot is something that after a stage it s not in your control as you have already bowled the ball but conceding extras is something that we can control as a team", he said.

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