Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Pakistan crushes India to win Champions Trophy

Revelation and redemption helped Pakistan turn world cricket's order upside down as Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day global century and Mohammad Amir's brilliant new-ball spell underpinned a landslide 180-run win over India in the Champions Trophy final.

Coming off three impressive wins off the back of some outstanding bowling, Pakistan were expected to meet their match in India, the team that had impressed one and all with their ridiculous batting lineup and the team that looked the most well-rounded side in the tournament.

Having won nine of their last 12 matches chasing, the initiative was initially with reigning champions India - who had already beaten Pakistan by 124 runs earlier in the tournament - as they won the toss and chose to bowl first on what was otherwise a hot morning on a flat Oval pitch.

Pandya, Kumar and Kedar Jadhav picked up a wicket each.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was all praise for his team for staging a dramatic comeback after the loss to India in the league stage. The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final.

Zaman, who made his debut in the tournament, continued his dream run as he scored his first ODI hundred.

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India were below par with the ball with the duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja remaining wicketless in their spells.

He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five.

Hafeez's late big-hitting propelled Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four at The Oval.

Babar Azam was out after playing a mistimed shot straight into the Yuvraj Singh's hands at 46 in the 43rd over. Fakhar even got in some spin bowling, stepping in when an injured Imad Wasim couldn't finish the 20th over.

The celebrations swiftly change direction, however, when replays on the big scoreboard show that Jasprit Bumrah had bowled a no ball and Fakhar is called back to the crease.

India captain Virat Kohli says Fakhar Zaman s cavalier approach was hard to counter as 80 percent of his "high risk shots" came off well during the Champions Trophy final against Paksitan, here today.

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Hardik Pandya (76) was the lone Indian batsman who put up some resistance before India folded for 158 in 30.3 overs. Pakistan , on the other hand, have turned around their campaign after the disastrous start.

"It says a lot about his personality", Arthur said.

Pakistan captain, Sarfraz Ahmed, lifts the Champions Trophy with his team-mates.

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# Fakhar Zaman was dismissed by Hardik Pandya on 114. However, his brilliant scoring was brought to an end by a running mix-up, with Pandya and Jadeja ending up at the same end.

The final flourish was provided by veteran Mohammed Hafeez (57 off 37) with help of four boundaries and three sixes.

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