India bowl against Pakistan in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan thrashed India by 180 runs to win the ICC Champions Trophy.

It was a charged-up performance from Sarfraz Ahmed's underdog team with left-handed opener Zaman, after a lucky reprieve, scoring a pulsating 114 in their imposing 338 for 4. To India's solace, in World Hockey League semi-final, India beat Pakistan 7-1 on the same day, while Shrikant Kidambi clinched the Indonesian Open title in badminton.

India never got close, Mohammad Amir getting rid of Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli to leave any hopes of a successful run-chase in tatters.

Amir produced an irresistible spell in which he pinned Rohit lbw for a duck with fast inswing, had Kohli dropped at second slip in his second over, then gone to a catch at point next ball, and Dhawan edging extra bounce behind. Three wickets fell quickly, however, and it came down to nine runs off the last four deliveries from Ravichandran Ashwin.

On Zaman, he said: "He's a great impact player, in his first ICC event, he played like a champion, he can be a great player for Pakistan".

Meanwhile, Pakistan have made one change in the squad.

Captain Kohli will also look to use off-break spinner Kedar Jadhav - who took two vital wickets in his previous match against Bangladesh - alongside Hardik Pandya to deceive the Pakistan batsmen.

Hussey said the only concern for India could be their middle-order not spending enough time at the crease.

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

Although by no means an experienced cricketer, Fakhar Zaman will be one player who people from both sides will be watching out for due to the raw talent that he had shown in the competition so far.

Pandya in an effort to build the innings after the huge collapse turned on his aggressive mode as he thumped Shadab for three sixes and a four in the twenty third over.

Azhar also continued his fine form in the tournament, reaching his fifty off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.

Babar came out of the opener's shadows - but after Shoaib Malik and he holed out in the off-side deep, Hafeez (57 not out) hit four fours and three sixes to power well past the 300 benchmark required against India's powerhouse batting line-up in these run-fest conditions. Now, nobody can talk that we have not beaten India in the World Cup or a major tournament like that.

"We haven't spoken about this game in any different way", captain Virat Kohli said. Previously the teams met in neutral venues such as the United Arab Emirates and Canada where diehard North American cricket fans travelled in their hundreds to the Toronto Cricket, Skating and Curling Club ground to catch a glimpse of superstars Sachin Tendulkar and Saurav Ganguly of India and Pakistan's Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi who were in their prime in the 1990s. Not only would a win for Pakistan generate more interest at home, Niaz said, it could have another significant spinoff. These things though will not count for much in an India versus Pakistan match. After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game.

"The whole group kept believing". We knew we were better than that.

  • Julie Sanders