Pakistan's path to Champions Trophy glory

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"They also came to express their skill and win a cricket game and they certainly did", Kohli told a news conference.

The outstanding Fakhar only made his one-day worldwide debut in the win over South Africa last week, but the 27-year-old had already made up for lost time with half-centuries against Sri Lanka and England.

"And then we just showed great, great character and I am really happy because it's all for the nation of Pakistan because they've been waiting for such a long time".

Zaman was brilliant but Amir overshadowed him with a game-changing opening spell that accounted for Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan.

Virat Kohli lost in his first ICC tournament final after succeeding MS Dhoni as India captain.

Pakistan's rejuvenation has been built around the runs of opener Fakhar Zaman and the experienced Azhar Ali while Hasan Ali and Junaid Khan stepped up to compensate for the absence of Amir who is expected to be fit for the final.

Fakhar, a former sailor in the Pakistan navy, underpinned his side's innings with a classy century after being handed a reprieve on just three when he was caught behind off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball. The whole group came together and kept believing and that was a superb thing.

"On their day they can beat any side in the world", the India captain said of Pakistan.

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The Oval pitch should be more favourable for batsmen but India, who have beaten Pakistan in eight of their 10 World Cup and Champions Trophy meetings, will not be complacent.

Hafeez struck an unbeaten 57 from 37 balls and Babar Azam amassed 46 as Pakistan chalked up 338 - a total deemed eminently gettable on a run-filled surface.

It was then over to Amir, who quickly dispelled the predictions of many that India could pull off a tournament and ground-record run chase - in the process silencing the majority support in a sell-out crowd for this high-profile showdown as their team folded to 158 all out in 30.3 overs.

"We have got two years until 2019". We all know what happens behind the scenes. "So to dust ourselves off and come back from that was a remarkable achievement".

Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.

"They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today".

They had an awesome tournament.

"We can't take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day".

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