Champions Trophy final: India opt to field against Pak


"I hope this win will boost Pakistan cricket and hopefully all the (major) playing nations will come to Pakistan", said Sarfraz.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed said he hoped his side's stunning 180-run Champions Trophy final win over arch-rivals India would be a catalyst for the full return of global cricket to his homeland.

All three were gone after nine overs, five of them fierce seam bowling by Mohammad Amir, who was passed fit to play after missing the surprise semifinal victory over England because of a back spasm.

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.

Earlier in the day, the Uttarakhand government has imposed Section 144 in Dehradun's Clock Tower and nearby area.

India had started with four pace bowlers - Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Hardik Pandya - and one spinner - Ravindra Jadeja - in their first match.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred helped Sarfraz's side to post a formidable total of 338-4 before their opponents slumped to 158 all out in reply, Hardik Pandya's 43-ball 76 sparing India from an even bigger humbling.

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Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters.

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. But luck was on Pakistan's side.

Earlier, Fakhar rode his luck after Kohli sent Pakistan into bat at a sun-drenched Oval. They scored 6.34 runs per over, and conceded only 4.59 per over.

After Fakhar caused Azhar to be run out on 59, he took out his frustration on India, notably spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Jadeja.

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

Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four. Their highest against India is 344, but that was in a chase of 350. Amir, fired up, got Sharma lbw. But the Pakistanis consoled culprit Azhar and reset. "A guy hitting a good shot is something that after a stage it s not in your control as you have already bowled the ball but conceding extras is something that we can control as a team", he said.

Pakistan, who were termed dark horses at the beginning of the tournament, showed a spectacular performance as India stars Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh failed. This was a reversal they couldn't bear to watch any longer.