Fakhar ton leaves India with stiff chase to retain Champions Trophy

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Mohammad Amir removed India's top three batsmen as Pakistan stunned their arch-rivals with a remarkable 180-run win in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.

The two sides' most recent encounter was their tournament opener earlier this month, where India thrashed Pakistan by 124 runs.

Pakistan crushed defending champions India by 180 runs at The Oval to win the Champions Trophy for the first time on Sunday.

But Pakistan made one change, with the fit-again Mohammad Amir returning from the back spasm that saw him mis Wednesday's impressive eight-wicket semi-final win over previously unbeaten tournament hosts England in Cardiff.

Together with Azhar Ali (59), he put on 128 for the first wicket - Pakistan's highest opening stand against India in an ICC tournament - and it took a run out to separate them as Fakhar was guilty of ball-watching.

Azhar Ali, Babar Azam and Imad Wasim too chipped in with handy knocks while a late 57-run dash by Mohammed Hafeez lifted Pakistan to a solid 338. However, Pakistan, who qualified this tournament as the eighth-ranked team, turned out to be the dark horses and won the title for the first time. Talking about his bowlers, Kohli said, "With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities".

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As Virat Kohli said in the post-match conference, it was just the probing, aggressive bowling display by Pakistan that did the Indian batting in.

India will feel aggrieved as Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to reach his first worldwide century. This would give Pakistan team a much-needed imputes in their first Champions Trophy final.

Joy was palpable in both old and uptown areas of Srinagar as youths came out of their homes to celebrate the anticipated victory of Pakistan.

India then lost two wickets for no runs in four balls to be 54 for five inside 14 overs. Pandya did provide a little hope with his 76 runs helping take the reigning champions from 72-6 to 152-7.

"The fans not identifying with their heroes because they just don't see global cricket".

Leg spinner Shadab Khan trapped Yuvraj Singh right in front but the umpire denied Pakistan's appeal.

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