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Champions Trophy: How Twitter played the India-Pakistan final

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Image caption India captain Virat Kohli was given a lifeline when he was dropped on five, but his wicket fell the very next ball

Pakistan thrashed defending champions India in the Champions Trophy to stun the country of 1.2 billion people on Sunday.

India started as the favourite both in TV newsrooms and on Twitter with anchors and people giving Pakistan absolutely no chance.

Take this tweet from a fan-page of former India cricketer Virender Sehwag.

Image copyright Virender Sehwag (Fan page)

But Pakistan had a different script in mind, which unfolded on Twitter like this:

The no-ball

Jaspreet Bumrah gets Fakhar Zaman early! But it's a no-ball.

Image copyright Ranveer Singh
Image copyright Madhura Naik

Zaman show

The batsman took a moment to ponder over his bad shot to Bumrah's "shocker" and proceeded to hammer the Indian bowlers.

By now, Indians supporters were getting a bad feeling...

Image copyright Jas Gill

... and started pleading for wickets

Image copyright Mohammad Kaif

Fakhar Zaman gets a 100!

Image copyright Manish Shaarma

A plea for perspective

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Image copyright Hsley Pakistan

Mammoth total

Pakistan set a target of 338 - but Indians were still confident.

Image copyright Yogendra Yadav

But Pakistan had other plans

Image copyright @MehwishHayat
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The wickets just kept on falling

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Image copyright @hvgoenka

Hardik Pandya made a valiant effort...

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... only to be run out

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... and Pakistan celebrates an epic win!

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The match summed up

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Congratulations pour in

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In India, there was anger, blinding anger

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... but most were gracious in defeat

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And anyway there's always hockey

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