Fakhar ton leaves India with stiff chase

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical one for 44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls - almost three extra overs.

Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.

It was, all too briefly for India, eight for one when Fakhar went after a wide delivery from Jasprit Bumrah and edged behind - only to be reprieved by the no-ball call.

If Zaman announced his arrival in global cricket with a match-defining knock, Pakistan cricket's "enfant terrible" Amir finally managed to sing a redemption song that he has been longing for. Ravindra Jadeja was cut, driven and slashed of fours by Zaman, and Azhar didn't worry about keeping the ball down when he slapped Hardik Pandya past backward point.

The Pakistanis, who were handed 124-run thrashing at the hands of the same opponents in the group stage, scripted a wonderful turnaround story, as they came back from the brink of elimination form the early stages, to do their fair bit of giantkilling. His blitzkrieg of an innings (114 from 106 balls) set the tone for the match, and India failed to recover from this big blow altogether.

Pakistan put on a cricketing masterclass at The Oval to claim the ICC Champions Trophy over rivals India on Saturday.

Yuvraj Singh was lbw to leg-spinner Shadab and former captain MS Dhoni, the hero of many an India rescue mission, holed out in the deep.

"With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities".

It took a wild heave to end Zaman's fine century, with Jadeja running backward from point to hold the swirling catch.

Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan's team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India.

"And then we just showed great, great character and I am really happy because it's all for the nation of Pakistan because they've been waiting for such a long time".

"I think this is something we wanted to do because the millions of people at home were waiting for this". "We have a young team and credit to my boys".

"The whole group kept believing". So to dust ourselves off and come back from that has been a remarkable achievement.

Akram, who played a crucial role in their sucessful 1992 World Cup campaign-including a hat-trick against England in the final- also praised the team for their performance.

India captain Virat Kohli: "I want to congratulate Pakistan and their supporters". The way they turned things round speaks volumes for the talent they have. They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final. "Sometimes you have to sit and say, 'The guy is good enough on the day to tackle anything.' You can only do so much".

  • Julie Sanders