Fakhar, Amir sparkle as Pakistan stun India

India’s Virat Kohli and Pakistan’s Sarfraz Ahmed pose with the Champions trophy

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he hoped his side s stunning 180-run Champions Trophy final win over arch-rivals India would be a catalyst for the full return of worldwide cricket to his homeland.

"I think great things went for me and my team and my country", Sarfraz told reporters after a win made all the more astounding by the fact Pakistan had suffered a 124-run defeat by India in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4. Sent in to bat by India captain Virat Kohli, Pakistan made 338 for four, with Fakhar Zaman (114) smashing his maiden one-day worldwide century.

Hasan Ali, who kick-started Pakistan's revival in their group win over top-ranked South Africa, ended the match when he had Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

# Amir picked up 3 wickets from 6 overs and gave just 13 runs.

It will require some serious batting performance from Virat Kohli & Co to overcome the target.

"It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us.

The pitch was consistent throughout, we backed out strengths (to chase)", said Kohli after Pakistan outplayed India by 180 runs to win their maiden Champions Trophy.

India had defeated Pakistan in the group stage match of the tournament. "Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well".

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the Kashmir valley, where most people favour independence or a merger with predominantly Muslim Pakistan.

"As a bowler and as a captain when that is happening. sometimes you have to sit and say ´the guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything´".

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In trying to up the ante, he got out but not before scoring a brilliant 114 off just 108 balls.

Zaman was batting at 3 at that point.

The collapse continued when left-handed opener Dhawan was caught behind off Amir. The left-hander scored 54 runs off 32 balls, the fastest half-century in a world One Day International (ODI) final.

Hardik Pandya cheered India fans in a capacity crowd as he hit three sixes off successive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.

Amir (three wickets for 16 runs), still winning his sport over again after his criminal role in the 2010 spot-fixing saga enacted seven years ago and just a handful of miles away at Lord's, then reduced India to 33 for three - a perilous situation from which the overwhelming favourites were unable to recover, despite some astounding hitting from number seven Hardik Pandya (76).

Earlier, Fakhar rode his luck after Kohli sent Pakistan into bat at a sun-drenched Oval.

Along with senior pro Azhar Ali (58 off 71 balls), Zaman set the platform with a 128-run partnership for the opening wicket and consolidated it further with a whirlwind 72 off 63 balls with Babar Azam (46 off 52).

After Fakhar caused Azhar to be run out on 59, he took out his frustration on India, notably spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

But Pakistan veteran Mohammad Hafeez's quickfire 57 not out, including three sixes, took Pakistan well beyond 300.

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