Amir jolts India's top order

Frederick Owens
June 19, 2017

Unpredictable Pakistan thumped India by a whopping 180 runs to lift the ICC Champions Trophy 2017. "Now we are the champions, so hopefully this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all playing nations is coming to Pakistan".

Zaman's batting didn't have the grace that one normally associates with left-handers but on a true pitch where hitting through the line was easy, it suited his style.

Chasing 339 for victory, due in no small part to a disappointing bowling display, India sank to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.

Did not bat: Sarfraz Ahmed, Mohammad Amir, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Junaid Khan.

Only Hardik Pandya offered resistance, producing an astonishing counter-attacking innings.

The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable. Rohit Sharma fell three balls into the second innings, trapped leg before by Amir.

Turning to the coin, India won the toss and Virat Kohli opted to bowl first.

Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day global century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

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Ravindra Jadeja did not let that happen as he refused to sacrifice his wicket when he and Pandya were stranded at one end.

By the time Pandya was run out in the 27th over following a frightful mix-up, the match was as good as done and dusted.

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

"They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did", Kohli said. "Try your best for Pakistan", the Dawn quoted Sohail as saying.

There was a still a seat-of-the-pants element to Pakistan's progress, though, and it was not the greatest surprise when the opening stand ended with a run-out mix-up in which both batsmen were stranded at the same end.

The Pakistan openers carried on strongly, adding 128 in 23 overs for the first wicket.

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From that point, Pakistan changed gears scoring 33 runs in the next two overs with Jadeja and Ashwin leaking 16 and 17 runs. In five tight and testing overs, he managed to send three Indian top order batsmen back to the pavilion. Azam, who was previously supporting Zaman, now took the charge and played freely.

"Not really, I told the boys that there was lot of cricket remaining to be played". Kedar Jadhav took a simple catch at the deep cover to dismiss the 35-year-old batsmen in the 40th over. Yuvraj Singh and M.S. Dhoni then departed in the space of four balls. His 52-ball knock comprised of four boundaries.

The Indian skipper was also displeased that the team had conceded 25 extras in a final.

Riding on Fakhar Zaman's brilliant batting, Pakistan posted a challenging 338/4 against India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval here on Sunday.

Around his courageous smash and grab of 114 in 106 balls, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez contributed half centuries as well as Pakistan climbed to an impressive-looking 338-4.

Following is the scorecard of the Champions Trophy final match between India and Pakistan at Kennington Oval here on Sunday.

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