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Pakistan defeated the defending champions by a huge margin of 180 runs and after receiving that shiny WHITE BLAZER as a memento, they lifted the trophy for the very first time in the history of cricket.

Hasan Ali, who kick-started Pakistan's revival in their group win over top-ranked South Africa, ended the match when he had Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Pakistan piled up an impressive 338 for four after being put in to bat and India's much-vaunted top order of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli were blown away by an inspired opening burst by Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Amir. He ran out his fellow opener Azhar Ali while he was ball-watching after they'd made a record 128 but he shrugged that off too to earn his maiden century for Pakistan, in only his fourth one-day global, 11 days after his debut.

But went on to smash 114 and share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59).

Hafeez, who smashed an unbeaten 57 off 37 balls to help take Pakistan past thee 300-mark, said the win was for everyone in his homeland.

Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.

After leaving India reeling on six for two following the dismissals of Sharma and Kohli, Amir's figures read 1.4 overs, four runs, two wickets.

45 Runs scored by Zaman off R Ashwin, the most runs scored by any batsman off Ashwin in an ODI. In the post-match presentation, losing captain, Virat Kohli, took the defeat in good stride and credited Pakistan for exhibiting more intensity and passion on the field.

The Indian captain had come into the match with an astonishing batting average of 253 runs in this year's tournament, having been dismissed only once in four matches. It got inexorably out of hands for Virat Kohli's side once Mohammad Amir dealt lethal blows in his first two overs.

The left-hander fell to another superb delivery by Amir which kissed the outside edge on its way to Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps.

India was struggling on 54 runs when Yuvraj Singh got lbw on a Shadab's ball.

Fielders made several mess-ups in the outfield while bowlers failed to bowl at the right line throughout the innings as a result arch-rivals Pakistan managed to score a healthy total.

Fakhar rode his luck when he was caught behind off a no-ball on three.

As far as Playing XI is concerned, India are going with the same team that registered a nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the semi-finals.

"But the thing about that loss to India was we knew that was an aberration".

India never recovered from the 25-year-old's spell, and Arthur revealed it was all part of a plan.

India got their man finally thanks to a fine catch by Jadeja running back from point after a skewed big hit at Pandya.

Fakhar makes a confident 31 on ODI debut and Pakistan are well ahead of where they need to be, at 119 for three off 27 overs, when rain sees them win under the Duckworth/Lewis rule.

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