Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Amir, Fakhar lead Pakistan to Champions Trophy triumph

Amir, Fakhar lead Pakistan to Champions Trophy triumph

But he was hardly missed on Wednesday, with fellow left-arm paceman Rumman Raees, making his one-day worldwide debut, taking two for 44 as England were skittled out for just 211. Amir had been ruled out of Pakistan's semi-final against England due to a back spasm during a practice session.

However, a picture that evoked mutual admiration and went viral recently is the one which shows former Indian captain and current wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni carrying the son of Pakistani skipper Safaraz Ahmed in his arms.

Hasan Ali delivered the golden ball. "We have a young team and credit to my boys".

After being asked to bat first, Pakistan looked steady during the initial proceedings as both the openers were playing rather sensibly.

The duo forged 128-run partnership in 23 overs before a running mix-up cost Pakistan a wicket.

Hafeez hit 57 off 37 balls including three sixes and together with Imad Wasim (25*) powered Pakistan to the biggest total seen at this year's Champions Trophy, 338/4. To add insult to injury, India bowled 13 wides and three no-balls in what was a woeful day for all, save Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/44 in 10 overs).

He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five.

It was a win forged on a brilliant individual performances and marshalled by Sarfraz Ahmed's superb captaincy but the green and white masses who stayed to celebrate when the final wicket fell in India's reply will know it also relied on a huge slices of luck.

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This was the first ever Champions Trophy title for Pakistan.

"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase".

"They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today".

"We wanted to bowl first". As Virat Kohli said in the post-match conference, it was just the probing, aggressive bowling display by Pakistan that did the Indian batting in.

Amir (6-2-16-3) then tormented the Indian batsmen with a devastating first spell and eventually the defending champions were bundled out for 158 in only 30.3 overs.

After a 120-run loss to India at Edgbaston in the qualifying round, they went on to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and then India in the final.

India won the toss and chose to field first in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

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