Pakistan Stuns India to Win 2017 ICC Champions Trophy Final

Rob Blanchette@@_Rob_BFeatured ColumnistJune 18, 2017

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 18:  Sarfraz Ahmed of Pakistan lifts the winners trophy as Pakistan win the ICC Champions trophy cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Pakistan destroyed India in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final as they collected victory by 180 runs Sunday.

India's mighty batting order collapsed after their opponents posted 338 for four in their opening knock.

The Indians could only manage to score 158 runs in an easy win for the new champions.

Pakistan were put into bat by India as the favourites expected to create a run chase they were comfortable with.

However, things turned sour for the Indians as their opponents produced the best batting display of the tournament.

Pakistan's players celebrate their victory over India on the pitch after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017.
Pakistan thrashed title-holders India by 180 runs to win the Champions
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Pakistan were huge outsiders but scored 338 runs as Fakhar Zaman smashed 114 off 106 balls.

Azhar Ali added 59 runs as he proved he is a star in the making, and Babar Azam's knock of 46 kept the ship sailing to the win.

Mohammad Hafeez survived to the end of the innings, hitting 57 runs of 37 balls.

India's bowlers suffered on a flat track, but it was Pakistan's mental resolve that proved decisive.

Rohit Sharma, who has opened with gusto for India throughout the tournament, was out for a duck on just his third ball, and the Indians' decline rapidly occurred.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 18:  Pakistan celebrate after Hasan Ali dismisses Ravichandran Ashwin of India during the ICC Champions Trophy Final between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Imag
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Virat Kohli survived just nine balls as he was dismissed for only five runs, and it became apparent that India were on the verge of defeat.

Hardik Pandya scored a quick 76 to spare India's blushes, but it wasn't enough as Pakistan turned the screw with style and aggression.

Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali took three wickets apiece as India surrendered the match, and they were all out for 158 after just 30.3 overs.

Pakistan are a team with huge potential, but they have not previously displayed this type of quality in previous outings.

Their defeat of England hinted at what was to come in the final, but their win against India will go down in their country's folklore against the world's most dangerous side.