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Pakistan wins Champions Trophy, crushes arch-rival India

19 June 2017

On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

Amir, who missed Pakistan s eight-wicket semi-final win over England with a back spasm, finished with three wickets for 16 runs in six overs.

Pakistan have won the Champions Trophy cricket final after beating their arch-rivals India by 180 runs at the Oval ground in Britain's capital, London.

India will feel aggrieved as 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 reach his first global century. Ashwin was brought in to hunt for wickets but he was played out and struck for a six in his first over. Openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman built a 128-run partnership. Ali is also the first bowler to take four successive three-wicket hauls in the Champions Trophy.

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. They had a fair share of luck with inside edges missing the stumps and mishits falling short of fielders.

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Considering it was only the 27-year-old's fourth ODI, having been plucked from Pakistan league cricket by coach Mickey Arthur after impresssing at a talent spotting camp in Lahore earlier this year, it has been a rise as stunning as it seemed unlikely.

Once last hope Hardik Pandya (76) was run out, the writing was on the wall as India were bundled out for just 158 with nearly 20 overs remaining.

Given that the highest successful run-chase in an ODI at the Oval was the 322-3 scored by Sri Lanka against India 10 days ago, Kohli's side needed a strong start to defy history.

The match turned out to be one of the most nightmarish under Virat Kohli's captaincy.

Hardik Pandya hit a go-for-broke 76 off 43 balls, including six sixes, but his career-best slog was stopped when he was run out by teammate Ravindra Jadeja.

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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.

India, on the other hand, who played to their potential throughout the tournament, were struggling against the disciplined Pakistani batting lineup and failed to utilise the conditions completely. On the greatest stage sparked further by the rivalry of the two nations, Fakhar could have been forgiven for playing a more contained game.

Around his courageous smash and grab of 114 in 106 balls, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez contributed half centuries as well as Pakistan climbed to an impressive-looking 338-4.

The two quick wickets of Yuvraj and Dhoni had India at 54-5 and with no realistic chance of winning the contest.

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Finally, India gets a breakthrough. "He's fit to play, and he will play", said Arthur in answer to a question from AFP. But Pakistan could also find a place for Amir by leaving out a spinner in either Shadab Khan or Imad Wasim.