Pakistan broke their dismal run in ICC events against India in a convincing manner on Sunday by winning the Champions Trophy at The Oval in London by a staggering 180 runs.
Prior to this, Pakistan were 2-13 against India as per win-loss records in ICC events with their last win going back eight years in the Champions Trophy too. With the win, Pakistan won their first Champions Trophy to add to their 1992 World Cup and 2009 World T20 wins. And expectedly so, Pakistani media hailed this win by splashing the heroic effort on the front pages.
Batting first after Virat Kohli won the toss, Pakistan recorded a second straight 100-plus opening stand between Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali to get a strong start. With the foundation built, Pakistan didn’t give up on the momentum to score a massive 339 for India to chase and defend their title. However, India didn’t get their usual bright start with Rohit Sharma gone for a duck. Wickets started to follow easily right behind with the team left in tatters at 54/5. Things improved courtesy Hardik Pandya’s 76 but a mixup between him and Ravindra Jadeja was the final nail in the coffin before India collapsed to 158.