Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Zaman, Amir propel Pakistan to rout India for first Champions Trophy title

Zaman, Amir propel Pakistan to rout India for first Champions Trophy title

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.

Amir, who missed Pakistan's semi-final win over England with a back spasm, had taken two wickets for four runs in eight balls and India were six for two.

Disappointed with the coin not turning in his favour, Pakistan skipper Sarfraz said, "We wanted to bowl first".

Amir, once vilified for his role in the 2010 Pakistan spot-fixing scandal which led to him serving a prison term in London, was at his brilliant best when he produced a devastating opening spell.

"It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us". Zaman (114), playing his first ODI against India, fourth in his career, went after the bowlers trying to play the inside-out shots.

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Zaman top scored with 114 while his fellow opener Azhar reached 59.

Although Fakhar was guilty of ball-watching when Azhar was run out, the left-hander swiftly made amends, adopting a particularly aggressive approach against spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja as he dashed from 50 to 100 in just 32 balls.

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win. Some teams might not have the best starts, and they come back amazingly, which Pakistan has done.

Because Jadeja was blasted for 67 runs in eight mediocre overs, Virat Kohli had to introduce the sixth bowler, Kedar Jadhav, who conceded 27 runs in three overs, but could not curb their progress.

He struck a crucial blow in his very next over when he dismissed India captain Virat Kohli.

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Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

In-form Shikhar Dhawan, who was the top scorer in the tournament with 317 runs, also fell to Amir at 21 when he was caught behind in the 9th over. Zaman attacked, Azhar Ali anchored and India's bowlers tried and tried to no avail, the breakthrough finally coming through a run-out in which Zaman left Ali stranded more than halfway down the pitch.

"They motivated us", explained Sarraz, also Pakistan's captain when they beat India in the 2006 Under-19 World Cup final in Colombo. Pandya (76 off 43 balls) was dealing in boundaries at that point, having already hammered six sixes and four fours. "Sometimes, you have to sit and say, the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything", Kohli continued.

Kohli said: "They can upset anyone on their day".

"We played like we had nothing to lose, now we are champions".

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- 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.

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