Fakhar, Amir sparkle as Pakistan stun India in Champions Trophy final

Pakistan lift the Champions Trophy aloft after their final win over rivals India

Pakistan lift the Champions Trophy aloft after their final win over rivals India

Pakistan put in a near ideal display as they scored a huge 180 run victory over India in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval in London.

"If there's been a more improbable Pakistan triumph than this, it's yet to be written", said Osman Samiuddin, author of a definitive book on Pakistan cricket, The Unquiet Ones. "We have no hesitation or shame to admit we didn't play our best game today". The most successful fingerspinner in that time has been New Zealand's Mitchell Santner, who has taken 44 wickets at an average of 33.77 and conceded runs at an economy rate of 4.99.

The veteran actor's tweet was appreciated by his fans from across the border as surprisingly earlier he tweeted provocative words against the Pakistani team before the final game.

On Sunday, it was The Oval's turn to turn green as Sarfraz Ahmed lead Pakistan's victory celebrations after his team turned its much-anticipated Champions Trophy final into a mismatch that they won by 180 runs. Zaman's 114 off of 106 balls earned him the Man of the Match award in the final.

Amir (6-2-16-3) then tormented the Indian batsmen with a devastating first spell and eventually the defending champions were bundled out for 158 in only 30.3 overs. Virat Kohli, the mainstay of Indian batting, arrived at the crease, hoping to bat the full 50 overs. Whether that gets changed, the consideration has been given to changing to two T20s in a four-year cycle which would mean swapping the Champions Trophy for a World T20.

"When a guy like Azhar Ali, who is a conventional batsman, plays his shots, you can still have a plan".

Mohammad Amir appeals for the early wicket of Rohit Sharma in a devastating opening spell
Mohammad Amir appeals for the early wicket of Rohit Sharma in a devastating opening spell

The cricket legend Imran Khan's advice to Sarfraz of applying two-way pressure on India by setting up a good score batting first followed by further pressurization of the Indian batting line-up with their strength that is balling was taken lightly.

India, who entered the field as favorites after winning the previous match against Pakistan in the tournament, had a shaky start when fiery Pakistani left-arm fast bowler Mohammad Amir dismissed Indian opener Rohit Sharma for a duck. "We have a young team and credit to my boys".

"I congratulated them [Pakistan] in the post-match [presentation]". Shoaib Malik, the former Pakistan captain was speechless. I said, 'How do you do it?' but he has natural talent.

"We wanted to bowl first".

Fans cheered their cricket team which came out victorious in the high-voltage final against arch-rivals India at The Oval on Sunday (June 18). We are on the right track, everything is going right at the moment.

Arthur said the focus now shifts to 2019 World Cup. "We all know their struggles of not getting any worldwide cricket back home".

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