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Pakistans drought-breaking Champions Trophy win a sweet victory for millions

ISLAMABAD—The 600 people of the Dawoodi bohra community were supposed to be gathering to have food together in a hall soon after breaking a 15 ½ -hour fast on Sunday.Instead, those who gathered at the religious centre in Rawalpindi delayed the food in order to watch Pakistan’s historic win over India at the Champions Trophy on a giant TV screen. For them, and for millions of people across Pakistan, the taste of victory was sweet.“You can expect anything from only one cricket team in the world and that is Pakistan,” Ali Abbas Mandosarwala, who was at the centre with his wife, two sons and a daughter, said as India was bowled out for 158 and lost the final by a margin of 180 runs.“Honestly I wasn’t expecting Pakistan to go beyond the group stage,” he added, reflecting on the unpredictable nature of the national team, “but the young players have shown there’s nothing impossible in this world.”Read more: Pakistan, led by Mohammed Amir, wins Champions TrophyArticle Continued BelowCommunities gathered around TV screens throughout the country on Sunday night to share the moment as Pakistan won its first ever Champions Trophy, just weeks after being written off following a loss in the tournament’s opening match — also against India.Jubilant fans spilled onto the streets dancing and distributing sweets soon after Hasan Ali claimed the last Indian wicket in the 31st over.Pakistan players walk the trophy around The Oval after beating India by 180 runs to win the ICC Champions Trophy final in London, Sunday.  (Kirsty Wigglesworth / The Associated Press)  Led by Fakhar Zaman’s aggressive 114 off 106 balls, Pakistan scored 338-4 at The Oval in London after India won the toss and surprisingly opted to field first. In reply India was skittled with nearly 20 overs to spare.

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