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

Fakhar, Amir sparkle as Pakistan stun India


Pakistan's record-breaking 180-run win over arch-rivals and title-holders India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday completed a remarkable turnaround for Sarfraz Ahmed's side in the space of just a few weeks.

Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind.

Pakistan, ominously made to bat first - the team batting first lost six of the seven previous finals - racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar helped to run out on 59.

Dhawan was caught out by Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed at the tail end of the 9th over, and Shadab Khan took Yuvraj Singh's wicket in the 13th over in an LBW appeal led by Sarfaraz which was initially ruled not out by the umpire.

Defending champion India had already beaten lowly Pakistan, the world's eighth-ranked team, in the earlier stages of the competition. And till the day it stays that way, there will be wonderful moments on and off the pitch that brings fans closer, help showcase sportsmanship spirit and allow players play in the spirit of the game.

Pakistani opener Fakhar Zaman had edged it to MS Dhoni when he was batting on 3.

India continued to lose wickets at the regular intervals.

Zaman was lucky early in his innings as he survived a caught-behind off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah with the Indian pacer having overstepped.

Hardik Pandya swings his bat in frustration after being run out during the ICC Champions trophy cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London.

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After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first global century.

Fakhar, the man-of-the-match, shared an opening stand of 128 with Azhar Ali (59) and then put on 72 with Babar Azam (46) for the second wicket.

Hafeez, who made an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls, said the win was for the Pakistan public.

Kohli also praised young all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs off 43 balls.

But the run-out Pakistan's openers had pair had threatened arrived when Fakhar's failure to respond to Azhar's call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance.

Zaman meanwhile will go down in Pakistan cricketing history as the player who scored 114 runs against India in the final of an ICC world event.

Hasan Ali was responsible for taking the last Indian wicket, leaving the Blue Shirts with 158 runs from 30.3 overs.

"A lot of people had vibes that we might not be able to defeat India, that their batting is too strong for us to handle".

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