|Champions Trophy remaining, The Oval|
|Pakistan 338-Four (50 overs): Fakhar 114, Azhar 59, Hafeez 57*, Jadhav 1-27|
|India 158 all out (30.Three overs): Pandya 76, Amir Three-16|
|Pakistan gained by 180 runs|
Pakistan produced an unimaginable show to thrash fierce rivals India and win the Champions Trophy at The Oval.
Fakhar Zaman hit a spectacular century to propel Pakistan to 338-Four within the scorching south London sunshine.
Mohammad Amir then tore by means of the India high order to assist scale back the defending champions to 54-5.
India finally limped to 158, Pakistan profitable by 180 runs to take their first world 50-over title since 1992.
That Pakistan lifted the title was shocking sufficient – at eighth on the earth they started because the lowest-ranked workforce within the match – however it’s the manner they demolished the sturdy favourites will dwell lengthy within the reminiscence.
Firstly Fakhar flayed the ball throughout the The Oval, a maiden century coming in his fourth ODI after Pakistan had been invited to bat.
And then Amir, in the identical metropolis through which he dedicated the spot-fixing offences that led to a five-year ban, discovered treasured motion to destroy the vaunted India batting line-up.
The remainder of the Pakistan assault had been irresistible, backed up by wonderful fielding, all in entrance of a vibrant, raucous and enthusiastic capability crowd.
Cornered tigers 25 years on
1 / 4-of-a-century in the past, Pakistan got here from the brink of elimination to win the World Cup, impressed by captain Imran Khan telling them to “battle like cornered tigers”.
Here, they recovered from a humbling defeat by India of their opening recreation with comparable tenacity.
Fakhar was put in on the high of the order, Hasan Ali fronted a gifted tempo assault and energetic captain Sarfraz Ahmed marshalled a workforce that grew in confidence and momentum.
World quantity ones South Africa had been crushed within the rain earlier than Pakistan edged previous Sri Lanka to achieve the final 4. England, the much-fancied hosts, had been brushed apart in Cardiff earlier than the an unimaginable efficiency within the remaining – their greatest margin of victory over India in an ODI.
Awesome Amir flattens India
Though Fakhar had illuminated The Oval, there was a suspicion that Pakistan’s complete was inside attain of India’s stellar batting. That was till Amir set to work.
Rohit Sharma was pinned lbw by the third ball of the innings, just for Azhar Ali to spill a simple first-slip probability off India captain and grasp run-chaser Virat Kohli.
However, from the very subsequent ball, Kohli was squared up and athletically held at level by Shadab Khan, earlier than Shikhar Dhawan edged behind.
After Yuvraj Singh was given lbw on overview to leg-spinner Shadab and MS Dhoni holed out off the tempo of Hasan, the competition was nearly as good as executed.
Hardik Pandya’s six-hitting in a 43-ball 76 all the time appeared prone to be in useless. It was not lengthy after he was run out that final man Jasprit Bumrah flapped at Hasan – and the Pakistan celebrations begun.
Fakhar flays India
India, favouring a chase, gave up the prospect to bat first on a run-filled floor and had been 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 option to a 92-ball century.
Fakhar shared a gap stand of 128 with Azhar Ali and, after a mix-up that noticed Azhar run out, sprang to life. At one level, he took 32 runs within the house of eight authorized deliveries.
When Fakhar miscued the spectacular Bhuvneshwar Kumar to a back-tracking Ravindra Jadeja at level, India pulled themselves again into rivalry.
Mohammad Hafeez made an unbeaten 57 from 37 balls and Babar Azam 46 from 52, however India’s canny demise bowling appeared to have saved them in rivalry.
As it turned out, Pakistan had far an excessive amount of for them.