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Sublime Fakhar leads Pakistan to 338-4 in ICC final

19 Junio 2017, 06:05 | Gerardo Tarin

The Sarfraz Ahmed-led side on Sunday came out on top with a commendable all-round performance as they defeated India by 180 runs at The Oval to lift their maiden Champions Trophy title.

It all left India needing to set new tournament record for a team batting second to win if they were to retain the title they won in England four years ago.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed added: "After the India match in the group stage, I told the players the tournament hadn't finished yet".

Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.

He removed India's top three batsmen - Rohit Sharma (0), Shikhar Dhawan (21) and Kohli (5). Opener Fakhar Zaman, playing only his fourth One Day International, mixed fearlessness with sensibility and smashed 114 from just 106 balls to help his team post a mammoth 338 on board.

"But he was run out in a bad mix-up", said Kohli, who scored five before becoming the second victim of a fired-up Mohammad Amir.

They came into the final against India at the Oval as the outsiders and when India won the toss and made a decision to chase it was felt like Pakistan would need to post close to 350 to just have a chance.

"India was expecting us to lose, but our players, young team, played really well", said reveller Hassan Sattar, grinning. I would do the same here because they deserved to win.

Pakistan had to earn their win and they made us make mistakes.

Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.

Pacer Mohammad Amir also starred with the ball in Sunday's final, taking a trio of wickets while Shadab Khan added two more and Junaid Khan took one. Most of his early runs came from the edge of his bat; then there would be an eyebrow-raising boundary of great audacity.

Pakistan's triumph was all the more impressive given they had been comprehensively beaten by India in both teams' opening group match at Edgbaston a fortnight earlier.

The "Law of Averages" were certainly going to catch up with India's "Big Three" after their brilliant run in the tournament. Credit should also be given to the Pakistani bowlers who kept things tight for India from the very first over and never let the pressure ease.

Pakistan's victory against India was as spectacular as their campaign in the tournament.

India went into the final with seven straight wins against Pakistan.

"Congratulations to Pakistan. The way they turned things around, it was unbelievable", Kohli said.



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