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Champions Trophy final: India lose to Pakistan by 180 runs

19 Juin 2017

It proved to be a costly no ball as Fakhar goes on to score his first worldwide century before falling for 114.

Amir was the man doing the damage, Pakistan's talisman taking three wickets to rip out India's top order.

Later in the innings, Hardik Pandya, who put some resistance with a quick-fire 76 off 43 balls, was run out in the 27th over, thus, bringing an end to a famed Indian batting line-up.

"Today's win shows that no one is favorite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in global cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi.

He dismissed Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

Add deadly accurate medium paceman Hasan Ali, the player of the Champions Trophy, and 18-year-old leg-spinner Shadab Ali to the mix, and Pakistan have a bowling unit with enough menace to trouble any side in the world. Pakistan's heads drooped, there were nervous exchanges.

Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali made the flawless start for Pakistan even with Zaman "losing" his wicket only for it to be a no-ball and India missing out on a run-out all before the opener reached 10.

Around his courageous smash and grab of 114 in 106 balls, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez contributed half centuries as well as Pakistan climbed to an impressive-looking 338-4. Fakhar ought to have been out for 3 in the fourth over, caught behind, but Jasprit Bumrah delivered a no ball.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was introduced to the attack as he fill in the expectations of the captain and removed Shoaib Malik who was caught by Jadhav after scoring 12 runs.

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

Any thought of the unlikeliest of victories was snuffed out when Pandya was run out by the length of the pitch after a mix-up with Jadeja.

But went on to smash 114 and share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59). He slammed Ravindra Jadeja for two fours and a six before hitting R Ashwin for a six and a four.

India's lineup remained unchanged for the match, whereas Pakistan replaced Rumman Raees with Muhammad Amir.

India Captain Virat Kohli said that his team would "take (the defeat) on the chin and move on". "I really do. I hope that - and I am sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy because they deserve it", the coach said after the match.

If Fakhar was the hero that the full house at The Oval and 50-odd on the rooftop of Archbishop Tenison's School saluted as the unlikely hero of the game, young right-arm pace bowler Bumrah would be remembered as the villain, especially for the India fans.

"The whole group kept believing". After the India game, we came back superbly. "It has been a remarkable achievement", said Arthur. "Hopefully, we can post more than 300", Sarfraz said.

Result: Pakistan beat India by 180 runs.

They had an wonderful tournament. Zaman and Azhar were ready to use their feet and with no turn on offer whipped them on all parts of the ground easily. I said when we arrived here, we have nothing to lose and we have nothing to lose today too.

Champions Trophy final: India lose to Pakistan by 180 runs