Champions Trophy : India bowl against Pakistan in final

Solenn Plantier
Juin 19, 2017

Pakistan crushed defending champions India by 180 runs at The Oval to win the Champions Trophy for the first time on Sunday.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord s, was superb.

India was never in the hunt with the bat, with Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both back in the sheds within 16 balls to leave the innings in tatters at 2-6.

Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali made the ideal 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.

"They were more intense and passionate today, they deserved to win".

It is for the first time that the two arch-rivals are facing each other in a Champions Trophy final, with Pakistan marking their maiden appearance in the coveted tournament.

"It's been an up and down ride for us but I'm so proud of the boys", Arthur said. He was picked for the Champions Trophy squad, missed the opening loss to India so didn't have any nightmares to process, then scored 31, 50, and 57 to cement his place.

Fakhar Zaman of Pakistan celebrates his century in the ICC Champions Trophy Final on Sunday.

They headed into this tournament as the eighth-ranked team.

The Pakistan bowling corps engineered a spectacular collapse of India's top order, sending Rohit Sharma, Kohli and tournament high-scorer Shikhar Dhawan back to the dressing room within the first 15 overs.

Babar Azam joined Fakhar, who lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.

Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep.

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.

There was no looking back after that and was liberal help from all the Indian bowlers, who erred in length, gave away needless extras to release the pressure completely.In humid conditions and on flattest of decks, Kohli made a decision to field first but his bowlers did not do justice to the faith he had shown in them.

Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman's century 114 off 106 helped his side put a huge total on the scoreboard.

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