Champions Trophy final: India opt to field against Pak


Earlier, Pakistan made 338 for four after losing the toss with opener Fakhar Zaman s 114 his maiden one-day worldwide hundred in just his fourth match at this level.

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.

Amir was nearly unplayable at times.

The pair put on 128 together before Ali was run-out in pretty ridiculous circumstances after his fellow opener didn't run when there was clearly one available. Captain Virat Kohli also left early leaving Indian fans disappointed.

A young Shadab displayed his aggressive side.

The left-hander fell to another superb delivery by Amir which kissed the outside edge on its way to Sarfraz Ahmed behind the stumps.

The match is slated to start at 10:30 a.m. local time (5:30 a.m. ET/3 p.m. IST) from The Oval in London. It is Pakistan's first ICC 50 over title since the World Cup win in 1992 and this campaign featured a rise similar to the Cornered Tigers' victorious one.

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"Mohammad Amir is a big-match player", said Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur.

They came into the final against India at the Oval as the outsiders and when India won the toss and chose to chase it was felt like Pakistan would need to post close to 350 to just have a chance. Sometimes on the day, the batsman is good enough to tackle anything.

Pakistan managed to pile up 338 runs at loss of four wickets. "When the game is on the line, the more he performs, the more amped up he gets".

Fakhar Zaman and Azhar Ali made the ideal start for Pakistan even with Zaman "losing" his wicket only for it to be a no-ball and India missing out on a run-out all before the opener reached 10. Zaman's knock was studded with 12 boundaries and two sixes as he made India pay for the no ball in the fourth over. "We have to identify the players we want to take forward", he added.

Mohammad Hafeez hailed Pakistan's team spirit as the key to their stunning Champions Trophy final triumph against India. Kedar Jadhav took a simple catch at the deep cover to dismiss the 35-year-old batsmen in the 40th over. The Men in Green have once again risen to their tag of being completely unpredictable and come into the final on the back of three incredible victories - the most impressive of which has to be the eight-wicket trouncing of tournament favourites and hosts England in the semi-finals.

The total was boosted by a late cameo from Mohammad Hafeez, who smashed 57 from just 37 balls. Find us on Facebook too!