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Champions Trophy final, The Oval
Pakistan 338-4 (50 overs): Fakhar 114, Azhar 59, Hafeez 57*
India 158 all out (30.3 overs): Pandya 76, Amir 3-16, Hasan 3-19
Pakistan won by 180 runs

 

 

Pakistan produced an incredible display to thrash fierce rivals India and win the Champions Trophy at The Oval.

Fakhar Zaman hit a spectacular century to propel Pakistan to 338-4 in the scorching south London sunshine.

Mohammad Amir then tore through the India top order to help reduce the defending champions to 54-5.

India eventually limped to 158, Pakistan winning by 180 runs to take their first global 50-over title since 1992.

 

 

That Pakistan lifted the trophy was surprising enough – at eighth in the world they began as the lowest-ranked team in the tournament – but it is the way they demolished the strong favourites will live long in the memory.

Firstly Fakhar flayed the ball all around the The Oval, a maiden century coming in his fourth ODI after Pakistan were invited to bat.

And then Amir, in the same city in which he committed the spot-fixing offences that led to a five-year ban, found precious movement to destroy the vaunted India batting line-up.

The rest of the Pakistan attack were irresistible, backed up by excellent fielding, all in front of a vibrant, raucous and enthusiastic capacity crowd.

 

 

Fakhar flays India

India, favouring a chase, gave up the chance to bat first on a run-filled surface and were made to pay by left-hander Fakhar.

He was reprieved on three, caught behind off a Bumrah no-ball, and went on to carve, slice and belt his way to a 92-ball century.

Fakhar shared an opening stand of 128 with Azhar Ali and, after a mix-up that saw Azhar run out, sprang to life. At one point, he took 32 runs in the space of eight legal deliveries.

When Fakhar miscued the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar to a back-tracking Ravindra Jadeja at point, India pulled themselves back into contention.

Mohammad Hafeez made an unbeaten 57 from 37 balls and Babar Azam 46 from 52, but India’s canny death bowling seemed to have kept them in contention.

As it turned out, Pakistan had far too many for them.

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