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Champions Trophy final: India win toss, elect to field first

19 June 2017

India won the toss and chose to bowl first in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at the Oval in London today.

Pakistan had begun their ICC Champions Trophy campaign with a huge 124-run loss to India.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semi-finals, had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

Amir, whose career was almost ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, made a brilliant comeback after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final victory over England.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred helped Sarfraz's side to post a formidable total of 338-4 before their opponents slumped to 158 all out in reply, Hardik Pandya's 43-ball 76 sparing India from an even bigger humbling.

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"We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions".

India Captain Virat Kohli said that his team would "take (the defeat) on the chin and move on". "We give our best every time we go out on the field, and I'm really proud of the way the team has played in this tournament", he said.

They headed into this tournament as the eighth-ranked team.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.

"I was lucky with the no ball", he said.

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The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs.

The two Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (0/70 in 10 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/67 from 8 overs) got a pounding from Zaman, who would clear his front leg and muscle the deliveries through on-side, occasionally hitting the inside out shot through extra cover.

Itwas one of the hottest days in London and the Pakistan team suddenly became too hot to handle as India failed to cross the final hurdle in their Champions Trophy summit clash at the Oval yesterday. On a lifeless wicket, Pakistan got a muchneeded lifeline early on in their innings and they kicked off from that point. The game had been lost way before that and on that note here are five things that India did wrong in the all-important final.

Fakhar left to a standing ovation and handed the baton to Babar, who saw Shoaib Malik hole out off the economical Bhuvneshwar Kumar before failing to clear the rope himself, caught off Kedar Jadhav at long off.

However, in a complete mix up, Ali got run out at his individual score of 59.

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