Pakistan inflicted a massive 180-run defeat upon title-holder and favorite India at the Oval in London on Sunday to win the tournament featuring the world's top eight one-day worldwide nations. Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman starred for Pakistan in the final.
After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir's figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets. "Pakistan was the underdog coming into the final but there was a feeling of destiny about it", Hussey wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council (ICC) describing his first experience on watching the arch-rivals play.
Leading the batting for the young Pakistan side - which had fallen easily to India by 124 runs in a group stage match on June 6 - was 27-year-old Fakhar Zaman who recorded his maiden century in only his fourth global innings.
Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman was picked as Dhawan's opening partner after he aggregated 252 runs in four matches at a strike-rate of 113, following scores of 31 against South Africa, 50 against Sri Lanka, 57 against England in the semi- final and 114 against India in the final.More news: Dueling protests on Sharia law held in Santa Clara
On Sunday, Pakistan dominated the defending champions in all the aspects of the game and inflicted a crushing 180-run defeat on India.
The former captains were of the view that success in the Champions Trophy widely speaks about the rise of cricket in Pakistan despite the fact that foreign teams are not visiting the country for nearly one decade. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs from 43 balls. I think they had an wonderful tournament.
Virat Kohli and Sarfraz Ahmed. A disappointing day but I have a smile on my face because of the way we played across the tournament.
The last time Pakistani openers scored more than 100 runs prior to the fall of the first wicket in two consecutive matches was in 2003.
"But you have to accept that the other team has outplayed you and they've shown better skill than you, they've shown better composure in pressure situations than you".
"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win".