Pakistan smash 338 vs India in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan celebrate winning the ICC Champions Trophy Action after beating India at The Oval in London June 18, 2017.

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four.

Amir took out all three of India's premier batsmen, bowled a maiden for figures of 6-2-16-3, then watched as his teammates mopped up.

Widely written off after an abject display in their opening group match against the same opponents, the lowest-ranked team going into the tournament suddenly rediscovered their mojo.

"The top order of Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been remarkable, looking in total control out in the middle". He edged one to wicketkeeper MS Dhoni, off Jasprit Bumrah, but made most of the opportunity since then. Fellow opener Azhar Ali also survived run out chances on 15 and 29.

Babar Azam scored 46 off 52 balls, and Imad Wasim was 25 not out off 21.

But the two openers became more convincing and in the 20th over, bowled by Ravindra Jadeja, reached their 50s from consecutive balls - Fakhar second to the milestone from one delivery fewer when he cut his seventh four straight through the hands of Yuvraj Singh at point.

It was compelling shot-a-ball viewing, with several not necessarily dispatched in the intended direction.

Zaman got another life, and the Pakistan opener embraced it.

Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, hit half a dozen of sixes to provide some entertainment, before being run-out due to a frightful mix-up with Jadeja.

Azhar had to go, with his partner static in the non-striker's crease, after Bumrah pulled off an unexpectedly brilliant stop at midwicket.

He took his aim at off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in the next over, smashing one over long-on, ran for three but it should have been a four through the covers and a late cut for four down to third man.

Kohli, himself renowned for rising to the big occasion, admitted India had been outplayed.

The last time Pakistan won a major 50-over ICC tournament was also during Ramadan, the Muslim holy month, when Khan led his team over England in the 1992 final at Melbourne, Australia.

The now fit-again Amir removes all of India's top three as the champions slump to 33 for three in nine overs before being dismissed for just 158.

Arthur said: "I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight - they deserve it. If we talk about bowling and batting, the competition has always been between Pakistan's bowling and India's batting", he added.

"I think this is something we wanted to do because the millions of people at home were waiting for this".

"The whole group kept believing". He didn't show any nerves which Pakistan usually do against India.

"We can be very proud of that as a unit, we leave here with our heads held high because we understand the kind of expectations and pressures we face as a team".

India have done well chasing down targets so captain Virat Kohli opted to put his rivals in to bat first.

Sarfraz was right to highlight one of the hurdles his side have overcome in recent times, with the country starved of global cricket since the terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in 2009 at Lahore that has left them playing nearly exclusively on neutral grounds. The way they turned things around speaks volumes of the talent they have in their side.

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