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Pakistani players celebrate after winning the Champions Trophy at Oval London

Hopes were not high against defending champions India, who pummeled Sarfraz Ahmad and his charges on June 4 by 124 runs, in the final.

According to Sportskeeda, Kohli said he was more than satisfied with Hardik Pandya's performance throughout the Champions Trophy.

Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to thrash a rather off-colour India by 180 runs and lift the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy on Sunday.

"We showed great character".

India, on the other hand, who played to their potential throughout the tournament, were struggling against the disciplined Pakistani batting lineup and failed to utilise the conditions completely.

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.

India, looking to retain the Champions Trophy, went down without a fight as they collapsed to 158 all out and Amir felt his spell was crucial. We have a young team and credit to my boys.

Giles Clarke, the president of the England and Wales Cricket Board and head of the ICC's Pakistan task force said, in comments reported by the Guardian in March: "The desire is to give the cricket-starved Pakistani supporters the chance to see some of the world's finest players in live action". While some compared Pakistan's title win here to an unknown, unranked Boris Becker winning his first Wimbledon in 1985, what stood out for them was the manner in which they decimated a bigger and better side, India at the Oval. "But it is, you know, it really is", a smiling Arthur said.

Earlier also, several times chaos has been witnessed in this area after India-Pakistan match, but this is the first time when the government has imposed restriction in the area.

"That was an aberration". We never took anyone lightly. He was the player of the tournament for the previous edition of Champions Trophy. Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said. Fakhar, four knocks into his global career, struck a buoyant big-match century against his team's archrivals, denting key bowlers out of shape during a 128-run opening stand with Azhar Ali, before a bristling Pakistan grew the total with hitherto unsuspected power and skill.

"The way they turned things around for themselves speaks volumes of the talent that they have in their side".

While some broke television sets and burned posters of Indian players, many got down on the roads to chant angry slogans against the team.

"Everyone desires composure, not just me".

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