Arthur eager for World XI visit to Pakistan after Champions Trophy triumph

A Fakhar Zaman special and a mesmeric opening spell from Mohammad Amir helped Pakistan stun India in the finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy at The Oval.

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.

Mohammad Amir (3-16), who sat out the semi-final win over England with a back spasm, then dismissed Virat Kohli for five as India's top order folded to 54-5.

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.

Leading the batting for the young Pakistan side - which had fallen easily to India by 124 runs in a group stage match on June 6 - was 27-year-old Fakhar Zaman who recorded his maiden century in only his fourth worldwide innings.

Fakhar makes a confident 31 on ODI debut and Pakistan are well ahead of where they need to be, at 119 for three off 27 overs, when rain sees them win under the Duckworth/Lewis rule. You talk about our players not playing at home but also the fans not identifying with heroes because they just don't see worldwide cricket.

"Congratulations Pakistan on a really comprehensive victory today". But they were more for a post-match inquest than any strong catalytic points for the massive 180-run defeat. "When I came to the PSL, I knew I could play well", he said.

338 Pakistan's total, their highest in any tournament final, and their second-highest in an ODI against India.

Amir struck just three balls into India's reply when, after bowling two outswingers to Sharma, he had him lbw with a superb inswinger.

Lose to India by 124 runs- Pakistan are completely outplayed in what coach Mickey Arthur calls a "shambolic" display as India pile up 319 for three before dismissing their old foes for just 164 in a rain-marred match.

Fakhar made his maiden worldwide hundred (114 runs on 106 balls) hitting 12 4s and three sixes. We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today.

Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous. Fakhar ought to have been out for 3 in the fourth over, caught behind, but Jasprit Bumrah delivered a no ball.

India went into the final with seven straight wins against Pakistan.

Azam played a mediocre shot after a sensible innings on the excellent batting strip and he, the openers and a belligerent Mohammad Hafeez completely neutralised the world-class spinners of India, Ravi Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, as their two overs produced 137 runs.

Fakhar left to a standing ovation and handed the baton to Babar, who saw Shoaib Malik hole out off the economical Bhuvneshwar Kumar before failing to clear the rope himself, caught off Kedar Jadhav at long off.

  • Julie Sanders