Bollywood forgets cricket after Pakistan win ICC Champions Trophy

Bollywood forgets cricket after Pakistan win ICC Champions Trophy

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

Put in to bat, Pakistan got off to a ideal start.

The shock triumph sparked scenes of jubilation among the Pakistan contingent in the capacity crowd in sun-baked south London, prompting a serenade from vehicle horns outside.

In Kashmir - a disputed region over which India and Pakistan have fought two of their three wars since independence - the sporting celebrations swiftly sparked violence.

Even Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chipped in with his congratulations.

The 2013 champions came into the final as the favourites but were outdone by a combination of Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir as they succumbed to a 180-run defeat at Kennington Oval.

The Prime Minister added that the cricket team has provided an "excellent opportunity for the entire nation to rejoice in the Holy month of Ramadan".

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Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman's 114 his maiden one-day worldwide hundred in just his fourth match at this level. India limped to 54 but when the fifth wicket tumbled it was in deep trouble.

Barring the first five-odd overs India were only playing catch up, praying for Pakistan to do what they usually do - suicide - but their resolve on Sunday was like a team on a mission. Sri Lanka batted first and looked well-placed to post a big total at 82-1 and then 161-3 before a spell of four wickets for just six runs saw them bundled out for 236, Mohammad Amir (2-52), Junaid Khan (3-40) and Hasan Ali (3-43) all impressing.

"So that's fantastic. But the credit goes to the players".

He said: "It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm just so proud of the boys".

Chasing such a big target, that too in the finals was never going to be easy and India had pinned all its hopes on Virat Kohli, one of the best chasers in the world as he had done so many times for the Men in Blue in the past. "Well played, deserved winners and a great result for Pakistan cricket", former Indian opener Virender Sehwag said. They also needed victories like this for them as a team. The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have.

The South African-born mentor wants his team to get some structure and become more consistent as they came into this tournament as the lowest-ranked side.

Registering their largest margin of victory in the 129 one-day matches Pakistan has played against India, the victory had fans in Pakistan dancing in the streets, waving Pakistani flags and setting off fireworks. The south Asian nation claimed their third ICC tournament, having earlier won the 50-over World Cup in 1992 and the World Twenty20 in 2009.