Kane Williamson named 12th man as Pakistan dominate Champions Trophy team

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The Champions Trophy could be scrapped in favour of staging the World Twenty20 every two years, according to International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive David Richardson.Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win this year's edition of the Champions Trophy at The Oval on Sunday, with a worldwide television audience of millions watching the stunning final.

In the final against India, Zaman had an early reprieve when he was caught behind off a no-ball from Jasprit Bumrah but he bounced back to notch his maiden century, laying a foundation for Pakistan's total of 338 runs.

They beat South Africa, the world's top-ranked one-day side, and Sri Lanka to reach the last four before dismantling previously unbeaten hosts England with a ruthless semi-final performance.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said he was proud of his team after they thumped India at the Oval on Sunday to win the 2017 Champions Trophy.

Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.

"It's the final so it looks magnified to everyone, but we have won before, we have lost before, and we have always learnt things from all those games". We knew what their abilities were, and that certainly wasn't what we had trained for, and we didn't play to anywhere near our ability. Amir bowled brilliantly but all my bowlers bowled really well.

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This was Pakistan's largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005. "I am confident that the faith and trust of the Pakistan cricket team will be strengthened with this performance of the side", Sarfraz said.

Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling. Credit goes to my batsmen, my bowlers and the team management.

The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir.

There was no realistic way back and they eventually folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.

Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep.

Pakistan gained four points to move to 95 points as their wins over higher-ranked opponents in the tournament included the one in the final against India and an eight-wicket semifinal victory over England. "Hardik Pandya struck huge sixes because he was not part of the plan", he opined. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first worldwide century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja. The opening pair put on 128 runs before Azhar Ali was run out for 59 runs. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end.

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