Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Inspired Pakistan pummel India to win Champions Trophy

Fakhar Zaman found the flawless time to post a maiden ODI hundred and lay the platform for Pakistan's imposing 4-338 against India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

With its win, Pakistan, which came into the tournament ranked No. 8 in the world, has clinched its first Champions Trophy victory.

Captains from both the teams - Sarfaraz Ahmed of Pakistan and Virat Kohli of India - signed the wall which depicted their caricatures with the tournament's trophy.

It is to be mentioned here that the Board of Control for Cricket in India and Pakistan Cricket Board had met in Dubai on 30 May to discuss bilateral cricketing ties between the two countries, however, there was no conclusive outcome.

"Do you want to say that India should not play Champions Trophy at all?"

Virat Kohli won the toss and put Pakistan in to bat first.

Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4 - the highest score of the event - owed much to Fakhar, who took full advantage of being caught off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball on three by compiling a flamboyant 114, his maiden one-day worldwide hundred.

The final will be a contest between Pakistan's strong bowling and India's solid batting. Azhar Ali got run out after he scored a good innings of 59 runs of 71 balls.

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The 27-year-old Zaman, playing in just his fourth ODI, had already reached his half-century and made it count, targeting the spinners of Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja in particular to great effect.

The Pakistan side made a comeback in the tournament all thanks to their bowling department, leading the line is the dynamic Hassan Ali, picking up wickets with his reverse swings.

The risky Pandya seemed to be in mood to reshape the innings however his brilliant knock was thwarted by the misunderstanding of running between the wicket as he got run out after scoring 76 runs of 43 balls.

He then punished them in the best possible manner, scoring a century and being part of a 128-run opening partnership.

As far as Playing XI is concerned, India are going with the same team that registered a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the semi-finals.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and chose to field against Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval here on Sunday.

Fakhar Zaman scored 114 off 106 balls.

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