Amir jolts India's top order

19 June, 2017, 11:35 | Author: Benny Bass

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.

Amir and Hasan Ali's three wickets each guided Pakistan to bowl out India for just 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Virat Kohli (5) were snuffed out by Amir in a devastating first spell with three brilliant deliveries.

Earlier, a magnificent maiden one-day global ton by Fakhar Zaman, a 128-run opening stand in which Azhar Ali featured with a composed 59 and first-class management of the middle-overs powered Pakistan to 338 for four.

Fakhar and Azhar produced a stand of 128, the first consecutive opening century partnership by Pakistan in 14 years.

This is Pakistan's first ICC title triumph since their 2009 World Twenty20 win but more importantly it broke the jinx of not performing against India in big ticket matches.

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

When Hasan Ali had Jasprit Bumrah caught by his captain Sarfraz Ahmed in the 31st over with a nasty bouncer, there were not many Indian fans around at the ground to see the complete collapse of an imposing batting line-up. Pandya did provide a little hope with his 76 runs helping take the reigning champions from 72-6 to 152-7.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an awesome tournament".

"Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today".

Caught off a no-ball on three, left-handed opener Fakhar went on to make an impressive 114.

Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.

Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with an inswinger.

Arthur conceded Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe to toe with tournament favourites India with the title up for grabs.

India captain Virat Kohli praised Fakhar Zaman's batting approach and said 80 percent of his "high risk shots" came off well.

The mix-up didn't hurt Pakistan in the long-term, as Fakhar's 114 from 106 balls allowed them to post a huge total of 4-338 from their 50 overs.

Ironically, the mark they had to top was the 322 for three made by Sri Lanka in seven-wicket win over India at The Oval on June 8 - the lone group-stage loss suffered by Kohli's side.

But Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, took Pakistan well beyond 300.

He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Hardik Pandya and Jadeja, running back from point, held a well-judged catch.


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