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Pakistan pays India back in same coin in Champions trophy final

20 June 2017, 04:50 | Pamela Mathis

Pakistan, ominously made to bat first - the team batting first lost six of the seven previous finals - 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 helped to run out on 59.

A spectacular 114 from Fakhar Zaman took Pakistan to 338 for four, after India won the toss. It was his maiden ODI hundred in just his fourth match at this level. "Hope all nations now come and play cricket in Pakistan", Sarfraz said at the post-match press conference.

Amir bowled brilliantly today but all my bowlers bowled really well.

Huge crowds gathered at the Lahore Airport to welcome their team, who reached home amid tight security.

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the final catch, confirming their victory over India after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017.

The panel of legendary former cricketers including England's Michael Atherton, Indias Sourav Ganguly and Ramiz Raja of Pakistan, among others, selected four Pakistanis, three Englishmen and one from Bangladesh with New Zealands Kane Williamson as the 12th man.

Amir, whose career was almost ended across London by a ban and jail sentence for his involvement in a spot-fixing scan during a 2010 Test at Lord's, was in superb form after a back spasm forced him out of the semi-final win over England.

Kohli's dismissal for five following a golden run in the tournament prompted gloom among the India supporters. The duo began cautiously and went three overs without a boundary.

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Pakistan, who will aim for more ODI glory in England at the 2019 World Cup, looked anything but tournament winners after their opening loss.

This month's Champions Trophy, held intermittently since 1998, was contested between only the top eight sides in the world, while the World Cup is now scheduled to include just 10 teams.

Afridi also exuded confidence that the Sarfraz Ahmed-led young brigade can become one of the top three teams in the world if they continue to produce such performances consistently.

Jadeja was out in the next over, as India's last four wickets went for six runs, medium-pacer Hasan Ali taking two of them to extend his tournament-leading tally to 13.

Hardik Pandya gave the stunned India fans in a capacity crowd something to cheer as he hit three sixes off succesive balls to bring up a dashing fifty.

The Champions Trophy final was the second India vs. Pakistan match of the tournament.

"It's never wise to try and make a call too early, but certainly the applications of both are very well founded", said Richardson. "We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely", Kohli said.

After the sensational win, the elated Pakistan skipper made a passionate plea to other nations to come and play global cricket in their country. "After losing the first game, we had no chance to lose again", said Hafeez, who played an important role in the win with a classy 57 not out.



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