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Pakistan beat India by 180 runs to win ICC CT 2017 finals

Pakistan beat India by 180 runs to win ICC CT 2017 finals”

Earlier in first innings, Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred was the cornerstone of Pakistan's 338 for four as they set title-holders and arch-rivals India a stiff chase to win the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

Zaman's 114 led Pakistan to a commendable 338 for 4, which they defended successfully. The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs. Amir's was, make no mistake, the ODI spell that Pakistan cricket fans would have yearned for from him since he was welcomed back into the worldwide fold a year ago: 26 dot balls, appreciable movement, accuracy and the bloodied heart of India's batting in his grip.

"I think people should now stop saying that Pakistan can't beat India in major events", he said.

Amir picked up three wickets for 16 runs from his six overs.

But they regrouped, brought in opener Fakhar Zaman and vowed to play more aggressive cricket. No matter the conditions, you have to play good cricket.

But after four wins - finishing with a 180-run thumping over their biggest rivals - the underdogs were celebrating winning their first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup.

The two spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (0/70 in 10 overs) and Ravindra Jadeja (0/67 in 8 overs) were then taken to the task with not a single wicket-taking delivery being bowled by the duo.

Meanwhile, Pakistan have made one change in the squad. Many of the India fans had left early in their innings, their hope destroyed by Zaman and Amir.

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed will also look to use his team's bowling strength to do the damage against an in-form Indian batting line-up. His 52-ball knock comprised of four boundaries.

Together with fellow all-rounder Imad Wasim (25 not out), he shared an unbroken stand of 71 for the fifth wicket. They entered this tournament as the eight-ranked ODI team - they qualified ahead of West Indies - and their campaign appeared doomed when they surrendered so meekly to India in their opening match.

There was no looking back after that and was liberal help from all the Indian bowlers, who erred in length, gave away needless extras to release the pressure completely.

In his wake there were handy contributions from Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez whose 57 from 37 balls was suitably skittish especially for someone who is known as "The Professor".

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first worldwide century. From there on, the Pakistani bowlers cleaned up the tail and eventually won the match.



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