Pakistan thrash India in cricket Champions Trophy victory

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As Virat Kohli said in the post-match conference, it was just the probing, aggressive bowling display by Pakistan that did the Indian batting in.

Preview: A wounded Pakistan will be out for revenge while India will aim to maintain their dominance when the arch-rivals meet in the final of the Champions Trophy cricket tournament at The Oval in London on Sunday.

Pakistan, made to bat first for the first time in the tournament, racked up a final-record innings of 338-4, founded on a 128-run opening stand between Fakhar Zaman, who earned his maiden one-day worldwide century with 114, and Azhar Ali, whom Fakhar ran out on 59.

Amir finished with three for 16 in six overs and Hasan Ali, who kick-started Pakistan's revival in their group-win over top-ranked South Africa, ended the match when Jasprit Bumrah gloved behind to gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

The victory was achieved by one of the most de-glamorous outfit under one of the most unassuming captains in the history of Pakistan cricket - Sarfraz - and he deserved it more than anyone else for showing the composure one expects from model captains. However, all three were completely undone in the final, as Amir bowled a lethal spell.

"Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us". Fakhar Zaman brought up his first ODI ton and led Pakistan to a huge score.

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

Fakhar rode his luck when he was caught behind off a no-ball on three.

With the bat in hand, India found themselves under early pressure after losing both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma for just 6 runs.

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It appeared India, chasing 339 to win, had had a lucky break when Kohli, the world's leading one-day worldwide batsman, was dropped on five by first slip Azhar Ali off Amir.

Its 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.

Even Golden Bat victor Shikhar Dhawan couldn't resist Amir's persistent accuracy, edging through outside off-stump, and when teenage spinner Shadab Khan successfully convinced Sarfraz Ahmed to review a "not out" lbw decision against Yuvraj Singh India's hopes were fading fast at 54-4.

The Indian batting, barring Hardik Pandya, was pedestrian even as the pitch did not offer much movement.

But early wickets are never good, especially in a chase. "We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely", Kohli said.

Kohli accepted his side had been second best as he acknowledged Pakistan s "amazing tournament". We don't take oppositions for granted and today is no different.

Dhoni scored four runs before he was dismissed by Hasan Ali.

But the run-out the pair had threatened arrived when Fakhar's failure to respond to Azhar's call saw the former ODI captain fall by a distance despite an ungainly throw by Bumrah to wicket-keeper MS Dhoni.

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