Fakhar, Amir script India's downfall as Pakistan lift Champions Trophy

Paola Ditto
Giugno 19, 2017

A fortnight on from being thrashed by India in their opening group match at Edgbaston, Mickey Arthur's side looked a totally different team as they followed up their semi-final hammering of hosts England by trouncing the defending champions.

Opener Fakhar Zaman scored a brilliant century as Pakistan posted a monstrous 339-run target for India in the high-octane Champions Trophy final here at The Oval on super Sunday.

Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali took three wickets, including the final wicket of Jasprit Bumrah caught by Pakistan Captain Sarfraz Ahmed, and went on to win the tournament's Golden Ball award at the top bowler throughout the competition.

Pakistan beat India by 180 runs at the Oval, bowling their opponents out for 158 in pursuit of their first innings score of 338.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord s, was superb. But for a guy like Zaman, it becomes really hard to stop players like him, because I think 80 per cent of his shots were high- risk and they were all coming off.

Pakistan were at their very best in the first half of the innings as they clearly dominated the Indian bowlers from the beginning. I said when we arrived here, we have nothing to lose and we have nothing to lose today too. "Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well".

"Pakistan break jinx, trounce India in dream final", the Dawn proclaimed in its lead story.

"They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did", Kohli told a news conference. "They outplayed us, they were more intense and passionate on the day".

Mohammad Amir then reduced India to 33 for three by dismissing all the members of their much vaunted top three, with Rohit Sharma out for a duck and opposing skipper Virat Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, falling for just five.

Caught off a no-ball on three, left-handed opener Fakhar went on to make an impressive 114.

Yuvraj then fell LBW on appeal to 18 year old Shadab, and Dhoni hooked out to the leg-side boundary to leave India utterly on the ropes at 54-5.

Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76, reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out.

Ravindra Jadeja did not let that happen as he refused to sacrifice his wicket when he and Pandya were stranded at one end.

For once, the Pakistan middle order didn't waste the great start.

With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board.

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.

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