Sublime Fakhar leads Pakistan to 338-4 in final

India’s top three batsmen – Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, and captain Virat Kohli – came to the final having combined for 874 runs, more than 80 percent of the team’s tally in the tournament.

He struck a crucial blow in his very next over when he dismissed India captain Virat Kohli.

Once last hope Hardik Pandya (76) was run out, the writing was on the wall as India were bundled out for just 158 with nearly 20 overs remaining.

Five miles down the road on Sunday, his spellbinding work with the ball hurried Pakistan to a surprise victory over India, their greatest rivals, in the final of the Champions Trophy. “Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well”.

Hardik Pandya hit a go-for-broke 76 off 43 balls, including six sixes, but his career-best slog was stopped when he was run out by teammate Ravindra Jadeja.

Fakhar responded with two overs of circumspection and then two more with brought him three fours and two sixes as he suddenly put his foot down against India’s two specialist spinners on his way to a century which was brought up when he swept Ravi Ashwin ferociously to the fence again.

Pakistan: 338/4 in 50 overs (Azhar 59, Zaman 114, Babar 46, Malik 12, Hafeez 57, Wasim 25; Bhvneshwar 1/44, Bumrah 0/68, Ashwin 0/70, Pandya 1/53, Jadeja 0/67, Jadhav 1/27).

But the Pakistanis wrote off that defeat as an aberration.

Amir, who missed Pakistan’s eight-wicket semi-final win over England with a back spasm, finished with three wickets for 16 runs in six overs.

It was formalities for Pakistan after that and they clinched the win by bowling out India for 158 in the 31st over.

It was Pakistan’s first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns.

India should have had a wicket when Fakhar was caught behind off Jasprit Bumrah on three.

The pair put on 128 together before Ali was run-out in pretty ridiculous circumstances after his fellow opener didn’t run when there was clearly one available.

MOHAMMAD AMIR destroyed India’s superstar batting as Pakistan upset the cricket world with a sensational Champions Trophy triumph.

He scripted the fastest half-century in a world One-Day International (ODI) final, reaching the landmark in 32 deliveries with three consecutive sixes off leg-spinner Shadab Khan.

The sixth century in a Trophy final ended in the 34th over with Pakistan at 200-2.

For once, the Pakistan middle order didn’t waste the great start.

India, who had demolished Pakistan during the group stage of the tournament, knew they needed an impressive batting display of their own if they were to chase down their target.

So when he was dropped by Azhar Ali in the slips off Mohammad Amir in the third over, huge cheers erupted around the arena. But the Pakistanis consoled culprit Azhar and reset.

Dhawan was caught out by Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed at the tail end of the 9th over, and Shadab Khan took Yuvraj Singh’s wicket in the 13th over in an LBW appeal led by Sarfaraz which was initially ruled not out by the umpire.