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

Sublime Fakhar leads Pakistan to 338-4 in final


To avoid unnecessary and unwelcomed tensions, security personnel were deployed outside cricketer M. S. Dhoni's residence soon after the match.

Amir and Hasan Ali's three wickets each guided Pakistan to bowl out India for just 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

While Kohli, who has a fantastic record in chases in limited-overs cricket, could only score five runs as India lost the plot, he showed class as he did not hold back anything while praising Pakistan.

India head into Sunday's Final as the rightful favourites to reclaim the ICC Champions Trophy against their traditional rivals.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.

He removed India's top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5).

Ironically, the mark they had to top was the 322 for three made by Sri Lanka in seven-wicket win over India at The Oval on June 8 - the lone group-stage loss suffered by Kohli's side.

Earlier, a magnificent maiden one-day worldwide ton by Fakhar Zaman, a 128-run opening stand in which Azhar Ali featured with a composed 59 and first-class management of the middle-overs powered Pakistan to 338 for four.

When asked about the 27-year-old's blitzkrieg, Kohli said that it becomes hard to contain an unorthodox batter like Zaman.

Fakhar should have been out for 3 in the fourth over, caught behind, but Jasprit Bumrah delivered a no ball.

Disappointed with the coin not turning in his favour, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz said, "We wanted to bowl first".

The total was boosted by a late cameo from Mohammad Hafeez, who smashed 57 from just 37 balls.

He ran out his fellow opener Azhar Ali while he was ball-watching after they'd made a record 128 but he shrugged that off too to earn his maiden century for Pakistan, in only his fourth one-day global, 11 days after his debut.

Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn't resist Amir's persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a "not out" lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India's hopes were fading fast at 54-4.

An over later, Ravindra Jadeja was picked up at slips by Junaid Khan.

He raised hopes of pulling off a one-man Indian Houdini act as he hit three successive sixes to reach his half century.

The veteran all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez then played some eye-catching strokes alongside Imad Wasim, promoted ahead of Sarfraz Ahmed, to take Pakistan to a highly competitive 338.

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