Hot favorite India was supposed to trounce underdog Pakistan in the Champions Trophy cricket final in London.
Defending champion India had already beaten lowly Pakistan, the world’s eighth-ranked team, in the earlier stages of the competition.
And though Pakistan had scrapped its way to the final, the result seemed a foregone conclusion.
And it pulled off a famous 180-run victory in front of a feverish crowd at The Oval.
The shock triumph sparked scenes of jubilation among the Pakistan contingent in the capacity crowd in sun-baked south London, prompting a serenade from car horns outside.
Back home, people across Pakistan took to the streets to celebrate.
Even Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif chipped in with his congratulations.
He said he “deeply appreciated” the team’s extraordinary victory and said the players and management “deserve the nation’s profound gratitude and appreciation…