Pakistan destroy arch-rivals India to claim Champions Trophy

Pakistan face arch-rivals India in the final of Champions Trophy at The Oval in London on Sunday

"When players (Fakhar Zaman) like that get going on their day, it becomes really hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk - and they were all coming off", said Kohli.

"I look forward to playing as it's a big occasion", added Amir, now firmly back in the worldwide fold after his career was halted by a ban and jail sentence for his part in a 2010 spot-fixing scam during a Test against England at Lord's.

He dismissed three of the world s top (ODI) batsmen in Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

In the end, India just couldn't get any partnerships going and collapsed to 158 all out to hand Pakistan the trophy they so deserve.

Virat Kohli won the toss and put Pakistan to bat first, their first time in the tournament.

Hasan Ali, the player of the tournament who kickstarted Pakistan's revival in their group-win over South Africa, then ended the match with 19.3 overs to spare.

"We've got to play to our strengths, and our strength certainly is with the ball".

Hasan Ali matched Amir's three, taking the wickets of MS Dhoni, Ravichandran Ashwin and JJ Bumrah.

The score is Pakistan's second-highest against India. They also needed victories like this for them as a team.

"We knew we were better than what we showed in the first game against India".

India, who entered the field as favorites after winning the previous match against Pakistan in the tournament, had a shaky start when fiery Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir dismissed Indian opener Rohit Sharma for a duck.

Sarfraz Ahmed's side suffered a shambolic 124-run loss to India on DLS in their first match a fortnight ago but closed the campaign a team transformed with their fourth win in a row.

Hardik Pandya gave the stunned India fans in a capacity crowd something to cheer as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty. But just when it seemed that he was blazing towards a first worldwide century, he was run out after a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja. Fakhar scored 114 off 106 balls.

Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali made the flawless start for Pakistan even with Zaman "losing" his wicket only for it to be a no-ball and India missing out on a run-out all before the opener reached 10.

That was until Azhar was run out after a terrible mix up but Fakhar put that behind him kicking on to score his maiden ODI hundred.

Any thought of the unlikeliest of victories was snuffed out when Pandya was run out by the length of the pitch after a mix-up with Jadeja.



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