Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Ellis Neal

Amir, Fakhar star as Pakistan rout India for Champions Trophy title

Amir, Fakhar star as Pakistan rout India for Champions Trophy title

Hasan had a superb tournament, finishing as the highest wicket-taker and taking home the man-of-the-series award.

It is for the first time that the two arch-rivals are facing each other in a Champions Trophy final, with Pakistan marking their maiden appearance in the coveted tournament.

"It's disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because I'm very proud of how we've played in this tournament".

India had already beaten Pakistan once in the tournament.

Fakhar Zaman rode his luck for a spellbinding maiden one-day worldwide hundred as Pakistan set title-holders India a tournament record run chase to retain the Champions Trophy at The Oval.

But went on to smash 114 and share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59).

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: "After the India match in the group stage, I told the players the tournament hadn't finished yet".

Zaman was lucky on Sunday when he got new life after Jasprit Bumrah bowled a no-ball even as the Pakistani opener was caught behind by Dhoni. "Hopefully, all countries will now visit Pakistan", he said. "We have a young team and credit to my boys".

It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns.

Mohammad Hafeez and Azhar Ali also chipped in with half-centuries on the way to setting India a target of 339 - the highest ever ODI total scored by Pakistan in a final.

Then one ball after Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan.

Dhawan was out to an Amir cross seamer, and India was 33-3.Yuvraj Singh and Mahendra Singh Dhoni could still rescue India, but Singh was hit pad first by spinner Shadab, confirmed by video review.

Amir, who missed the semi-final win over England with a back spasm, reduced the defending champions to 54-5.

Earlier, Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss and invited Pakistan to bat. They certainly played really good cricket.

Once Pakistan posted an imposing total, the pressure was entirely on the Indian batsmen, and with fit-again Mohammed Amir getting rid of in-form Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the writing was on the wall.

"They had an fantastic tournament. The way they turned things around speaks volumes for the talent they have in their side", Kohli said.

Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous.

"We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game".

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