A sense of euphoria gripped Pakistan soon after the Greenshirts upstaged a strong Indian side in the Champions Trophy final at the Oval today.
All-rounder Hardik Pandya was the highest scorer among the Indians with 76 runs from 43 balls.
Shadab Khan became the youngest ever man to play in a Champions Trophy Final and he would have a massive impact removing Yuvraj Singh (22) as India's hopes began to fade.
But the rest of the much acclaimed Indian batting line-up staged a spectacular collapse and were reduced to 72/6 in the 17th over.
The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable. The Indian captain conceded that they needed to check the extras, 13 wides and three no balls.
He struck a crucial blow in his very next over when he dismissed India captain Virat Kohli.
The left-hander fell to another superb delivery by Amir which kissed the outside edge on its way to Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps. Other Pakistan legends were sighing and lamenting.More news: Carrie Fisher had number of drugs in system
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Well played, Pakistan. India, every team has off-days. They played with courage and belief. I have no regrets in playing the combination that we played today, and we have stuck to the same ever since we lost to Sri Lanka, so I have no feelings otherwise about the combination."Dear captain, playing Ashwin against a South African batting line-up with three left-handers and given their past poor record against spinners was a necessity and it was great that the think tank decided to make the required change for an important match".
Babar Azam (46) was then joined by Shoaib Malik (12) but the veteran couldn't help himself when Bhuvneshwar Kumar gave him some wide filth outside off and he holed out to deep extra cover to leave Pakistan 247/3 and threatened to derail their effort.
On a day at The Oval when Kennington was literally the same temperature as Karachi, perhaps the signs were always there that it was one that was always destined to belong to Pakistan.
After his afternoon spell of 6-2-16-3, Amir didn't return to bowl. But the more consistent you get in learning from games like this, it's better for the team in the future.
45 Runs scored by Zaman off R Ashwin, the most runs scored by any batsman off Ashwin in an ODI. Soon, Zaman completed his century in 92 balls through a sweep at the square leg. These were in-form batsmen, who, on their day, are capable of single-handedly winning matches.
Shoaib Malik: In words, it's very tough to describe (the feeling).
"Indeed (disappointing). Congratulations to Pakistan and their fans".
In the fourth over he was out caught behind. His 52-ball knock comprised of four boundaries.
They faced England in the semis and also send them back home.