Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

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

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

But it was wins all the way from then on, culminating in Sunday's stunning success at The Oval - the scene of Pakistan's first Test match victory in England in 1954.

But Pakistan batsman Hafeez says his team-mates vowed to stick together despite the avalanche of criticism and they reaped the rewards in memorable fashion on Sunday. "After the India (group) match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet".

Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman's 114 his maiden one-day global hundred in just his fourth match at this level.

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Pakistan piled up an impressive 338 for four after being put in to bat and India's much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir.

After the first game, played against the team they can not lose to, Pakistan were dead and buried, with the only question being which airline they would use to book their flight back home.

Pakistan's cricket team rejoices after a win against arch-rival India in the 2017 ICC Championship final.

But Pakistan collapse to 162 for seven before an unbroken stand of 75 between skipper Sarfraz (61 not out) and Mohammad Amir (28 not out) sees them win what is a virtual quarter-final. This will be the legacy we leave behind, that we beat India in the final. We knew we'd prepared well, we knew that game was an aberration, we knew we were better than that. "A guy hitting a good shot is something that after a stage it s not in your control as you have already bowled the ball but conceding extras is something that we can control as a team", he said. The Green Shirts had entered as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, with nobody predicting they would go on to lift the trophy.

Amir took out all three of India's premier batsmen, bowled a maiden for figures of 6-2-16-3, then watched as his teammates mopped up.

Pakistan have been starved of worldwide cricket in their own country since an attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009, forcing them to play their "home" series at neutral venues.

Kohli said: "They can upset anyone on their day". Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes.

Arthur played down his own role by adding: "This isn't about me and my career; it's about 15 unbelievable players in that dressing room".

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