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Pakistan win Champions Trophy

The Indian cricket team faced the wrath of angry fans after losing the ICC Champions Trophy finals to Pakistan.

Led by Fakhar Zaman's aggressive 114 off 106 balls, Pakistan scored 338-4 at The Oval in London after India won the toss and surprisingly opted to field first.

Leg-spinner Shadab took a wicket with his sixth ball when Yuvraj Singh (22) was lbw, although it needed a Pakistan review of an original not out decision.

"The ICC Champions Trophy 2017 has been a fairy tale journey for the Pakistan cricket team".

He posted a video on YouTube, where he congratulated the Pakistan cricket team for their massive win, but also had good words for Team India. Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were the only Indians who made the XI. He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.

Amir picked up three wickets for 16 runs from his six overs.

The side was selected by a jury of cricket experts, which comprised former captains Michael Atherton of England, India's Sourav Ganguly, Ramiz Raja of Pakistan as well as Lawrence Booth (Editor, Wisden Almanack and cricket writer, The Mail) and Julian Guyer (cricket correspondent, Agence France-Presse), with ICC General Manager - Cricket, Geoff Allardice, as chairman. Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15 shortly afterwards. "We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions", said Sarfraz.

"Amir was the guy that could do that for us", said Arthur.

But it was fellow paceman Hasan Ali, the player of the tournament having kickstarted Pakistan's revival in their group-win over South Africa, who ended the match with more than 19 overs to spare when he had tailender Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed. We dusted ourselves off after the India defeat in Edgbaston and came back superbly. "When Hardik started hitting, everyone started getting the feeling that if we could take the game deep, then we could probably get closer to the total".

"I want to congratulate the Pakistan team and their fans, I think they really had an fantastic tournament", Kohli said on Sky Sports. The way they turned things around speaks volumes of the talent they have in their side. "We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today", the Indian skipper added. "Especially on wickets like these, where if a batsman gets going, it really becomes hard for the spinner and people are slogging across the line and getting away with it", Kohli reasoned.

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