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Zaman, Amir propel Pakistan to rout India for first
Champions Trophy title

A sparkling maiden century by Fakhar Zaman and fiery
bowling have fired Pakistan to a stunning 180-run win over
arch-rivals India, sealing their first Champions Trophy
triumph.
Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114
and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and
fast bowler Mohammad Amir ripped out India's top three
batsmen before the former champions subsided to 158 all out.
Pakistan had come into the tournament as the lowest-ranked
team and lost heavily to India in their opening group match
but they beat South Africa and Sri Lanka to make the semi-
finals where they knocked out hosts England.
After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by
wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-
ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to
make his first international century.
He shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali
(59), the pair unleashing a barrage of crisp attacking strokes
all around a sun-kissed ground.
Azhar also continued his fine form, reaching fifty off 61 balls
before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.
Fakhar lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to
three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the
boundary.
He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed
the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.
Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off
Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the perfect platform to make
the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.
Three sixes
Babar Azam chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad
Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left
India needing to produce the highest successful run chase in
the tournament's history to lift the trophy for the third time.
Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir
produced a devastating spell of bowling.
He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging
delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another
fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five.
Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been
dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India
fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.
Their hopes now rested largely on the shoulders of Shikhar
Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he
made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to wicketkeeper
Sarfraz Ahmed.
Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and
Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on
many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep
square leg to depart for four.
Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on
nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be
crumbling meekly at 72 for six.
Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76,
reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and
hitting six maximums in all before he was run out.
Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin
caught by Sarfraz and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another
catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to
complete Pakistan's first Champions Trophy win with 19.3
overs to spare.
Brief scorecard:<br /> 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).
India: 158 all out in 30.3 overs (Rohit 0, Dhawan 21, Kohli 5,
Dhoni 4, Yuvraj 22, Jadhav 9, Pandya 76, Jadeja 15, Ashwin 15,
Ashwin 1, Bhuvneshwar 1*, Bumrah 1; Amir 3/16, Junaid 1/20,
Hafeez 0/13, Hasan 3/19, Shadab 2/60, Wasin 0/3, Zaman
0/25).
Result: Pakistan beat India by 180 runs.
Tournament result: Pakistan win 2017 Champions Trophy.
Man of the Match: Fakhar Zaman.
Man of the Tournament: Hasan Ali.
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