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

Fakhar, Amir sparkle as Pakistan stun India

Fakhar, Amir sparkle as Pakistan stun India

The world's 8th best ODI team, the unpredictable Pakistan won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy beating defenders India by 180 runs in the final at the Oval in London on Sunday.

The two sides' most recent encounter was their tournament opener earlier this month, where India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs.

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India's top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.

A maiden hundred from novice worldwide opener Fakhar Zaman and then Mohammad Amir's superlative new-ball spell of three for 16 proved way too much for hot favourites India, defeated by 180 runs at The Oval.

Pakistan's opening partnership of 128 between Azhar Ali and Zaman was instrumental as they put up a big score.

The News said Pakistan "sizzled at the sun-baked Oval" to record their first major victory in the 50-over format since winning the World Cup 25 years ago.

"Rarely have I seen Pakistan deliver such a clinical performance in a tournament decider and annihilating hot favourite India came as a pleasant surprise", he added. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said.

"We don't take any opposition for granted and we are looking to play some great cricket here".

Five miles down the road on Sunday, his spellbinding work with the ball hurried Pakistan to a surprise victory over India, their greatest rivals, in the final of the Champions Trophy. Credit to them they outplayed us today in all departments.

Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win".

"I thought Pakistan were the better team in the first quarter and they created more opportunities but after we scored the first goal we started to play according to our plan", said India coach Roelant Oltmans.

Seamers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country's first appearance in the final of the one-day tournament, dubbed a mini-World Cup.

His transformation into a hero was complete as his final tally was six overs, two maidens, 16 runs and three wickets.

"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win".

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.

Talking about team changes - Mohammad Amir returned to replace debutant Rumman Raees while the Indian squad remained unchanged.

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