Pakistan thrash holders India to win Champions Trophy
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 19, 2017,
Jun 19, 2017, 16:18
The outstanding Fakhar only made his one-day worldwide debut in the win over South Africa last week, but the 27-year-old had already made up for lost time with half-centuries against Sri Lanka and England.
The now fit-again Amir removes all of India's top three as the champions slump to 33 for three in nine overs before being dismissed for just 158.
India won the toss and chose to field first in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval.
Middle-order batsman Mohammad Hafeez then joined Azam but this time the Pakistani duo failed to click as India skipper Virat Kohli's ploy to bring back spinner Jadhav clicked.
Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed took the last catch and aeroplaned around the pitch with his arms out before he was swamped by teammates.
The in-form Shikhar Dhawan, who went into the final as the tournament's highest scorer, seemed set for another fine knock as he hit four boundaries during his 22-ball 21.
Junaid was introduced to the attack as he removed Jadeja who was caught by Babar Azam after he scored 15 runs.
The 25-year-old left-armer missed Pakistan's shock eight-wicket semi-final win over tournament hosts England in Cardiff on Wednesday with a back spasm.
There was a still a seat-of-the-pants element to Pakistan's progress, though, and it was not the greatest surprise when the stand ended with a run-out mix-up in which both batsmen were stranded at the same end.
Fakhar overcame his early wobbles to share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century.
Around his courageous smash and grab of 114 in 106 balls, Azhar Ali and Mohammad Hafeez contributed half centuries as well as Pakistan climbed to an impressive-looking 338-4.
Only four times has 300 been chased successfully at the Oval. In Amir's second over, Kohli was dropped at slip.
But Amir's very next ball saw Kohli, aiming legside, get a leading edge to point where Shadab Khan made no mistake with the catch.
Once Yuvraj Singh departed leg before and MS Dhoni holed out to Imad Wasim off paceman Hasan Ali, who finished with 3-19, India were in deep trouble at 54-5.