Jasprit Bumrah struck a first blow for India in the 4th over when he had southpaw opener Fakhar Zaman caught behind but the batsman was recalled after replays showed that Bumrah had overstepped the line.
On a flat deck, Kohli surprised everyone opting to field, a decision prompted by the current team’s ability to chase any target.
Put in to bat by Kohli, Pakistan rode on an aggressive 114 from youngster Fakhar Zaman, who made the most of an early reprieve.
2nd time team batting first won the final of Champions Trophy.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed has said that the cricket world should now stop saying that Pakistan can not beat India in major tournaments.
An elated Sarfraz added: “After the India match when we lost in the group stage, I told my boys the tournament hadn’t finished yet”. It is Pakistan’s first ICC 50 over title since the World Cup win in 1992 and this campaign featured a rise similar to the Cornered Tigers’ victorious one.
Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind. India needed to harness the full power of their batting machinery to eclipse Pakistan’s mammoth score.
Pakistan all-rounder Mohammad Hafeez said: “It’s a great team effort”.
“With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities”.
“When a guy like Azhar Ali, who is a conventional batsman, plays his shots, you can still have a plan”.
8th final for Yuvraj Singh in ICC tournaments, the most by any player in his career.
Meanwhile, Pakistan have made one change in the squad.
On Sunday, India failed in two departments of the game that have won them matches in recent times.
India was desperate for a foothold in the game when Pandya broke through, getting rid of Zaman as Jadeja took an excellent catch running back from point. He hammered six sixes in his 43-ball-76 and appeared to have breathed life – however little of it – back into the contest.
His team-mates seized stumps and bails; a handful of Pakistan supporters ran on to the outfield in celebration.
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).