Pakistan thrash India to win Champions Trophy

The last 10 overs netted 91 runs, giving Pakistan's bowlers - the team's strength - an impressive total to defend in a bid to win its first global ODI title in 25 years.

The 128-run opening partnership between Fakhar and Azhar Ali helped bolster green shirts' overall total.

Pakistan's biggest ODI win over India in terms of runs was largely down to Fakhar Zaman's century.

Having said that, India were actually beaten by an inspired opposition, who were motivated to show the world and their own supporters that they can beat India in an ICC tournament and that too at as big a stage as the final. The right-armer was also adjudged as the player of the tournament.

But the rest of the much acclaimed Indian batting line-up staged a spectacular collapse and were reduced to 72/6 in the 17th over.

The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable.

All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm.

Instead Amir wreaked havoc at the start of the reply, trapping Rohit Sharma lbw with his third ball and then inducing a leading edge from Kohli one ball after the skipper had been put down at slip by Azhar. Kohli was dismissed for 5 runs followed by Shikhar Dhawan for 21.

Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn't resist Amir's persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a "not out" lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India's hopes were fading fast at 54-4. The Pakistan openers capitalized on the lucky break by attacking Bumrah but Bhuvaneshwar Kumar held his own at the other end.

But he only looked to be delaying the inevitable and a huge mix-up with Jadeja saw the all-rounder, to his evident fury, run out for 76. Ali scored 59 before Mohammed Hafeez provided a late burst with 37-ball 57.

Pakistan: 338 for four in 50 overs. But whether that convincing sounding answer is actually convincing or not is open to interpretation.So, when CricketNext asked the Indian captain whether the decision to play two spinners on a flat Oval track backfired, he answered, "Not at all".

Noboby gave Pakistan a prayer of winning this tournament as they came in the lowest ranked team and lost their opening game to India by a country mile but they have found a winning formula and played as a formidable unit.

Fakhar got another life, and the Pakistan opener embraced it.

Azhar clipped a ball from Ravi Ashwin to the left of the fieldsman at square leg, and set off for what appeared to be a straightforward single.



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