Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

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

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

Pakistan: Sarfraz Ahmed (captain and wicket-keeper), Ahmed Shehzad, Azhar Ali, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Shoaib Malik, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Amir, Rumman Raees, Junaid Khan, Imad Wasim, Fahim Ashraf, Shadab Khan, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail.

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.

Leg spinner Shadab Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh right in front but the umpire denied Pakistan's appeal.

But the rest of the much acclaimed Indian batting line-up staged a spectacular collapse and were reduced to 72/6 in the 17th over.

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 was nearly unplayable at times. "Even with the ball, they were very aggressive", he added. Captain Virat Kohli also left early leaving Indian fans disappointed.

The in-form Shikhar Dhawan, who went into the final as the tournament's highest scorer, seemed set for another fine knock as he hit four boundaries during his 22-ball 21.

Amir struck a third time to get rid of Dhawan and it was 33-3 and soon Singh, Dhoni and Jadhav were back in the hutch at 72-6 and it was all but over.

By the time Pandya was run out in the 27th over following a disgusting mix-up, the match was as good as done and dusted.

Pakistan won the Champions Trophy final against India by 180 runs.

Azhar and Muhammad Hafeez both racked up half centuries, whereas Fakhar smashed 114 off 106 deliveries, and Babar Azam scored a solid 46 off 52.

On June 4 at Edgbaston, India blew away Pakistan by 124 runs in a group match.

- Pakistan are completely outplayed in what coach Mickey Arthur calls a "shambolic" display as India pile up 319 for three before dismissing their old foes for just 164 in a rain-marred match.

They came into the final against India at the Oval as the outsiders and when India won the toss and made a decision to chase it was felt like Pakistan would need to post close to 350 to just have a chance.

But this crazy-good Pakistan side had other ideas.

Pakistan's 181-run victory in the Sunday mega-clash was their first of any major ICC tournament since their victorious ICC World T20 2009 campaign and the first 50-over ICC title since their maiden World Cup title in 1992. "Hopefully we can have a good performance".

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