Champions Trophy Final: India Vs Pakistan: Presentation Ceremony Highlights


Few might argue that Mohammad Amir's opening burst, that accounted for India's two most prolific batsmen - opener Rohit Sharma for a three-ball duck in the first over and captain Virat Kohli for five in the third over - was as important for Pakistan to win their first world title since the 2009 World Twenty20.

In fact, India defeated Pakistan in by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston, which made the Green's championship win even harder to predict.

But Kohli (5), the big match player did not get going, along with Rohit Sharma (0) and Shikhar Dhawan (21), and the defending never came back into the game after that.

They were eventually dismissed for 158 in reply to Pakistan's 338 for four, which featured Fakhar Zaman's 114, the left-handed opener's maiden one-day worldwide hundred coming in just his fourth match at this level.

But went on to smash 114 and share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59).

Brief scores: Pakistan 338 for 4 in 50 overs (Fakhar Zaman 114, Azhar Ali 59, Mohammed Hafeez 57, Babar Azam 46; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 1/44).

The neighbouring countries have moved on from years of political conflicts but emotions will run high as millions of supporters around the world watch the first major cricket final between the teams since the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup.

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When teenage leg-spinner Shadab then struck in his first over via DRS, hitting Yuvraj Singh pad before bat, and MS Dhoni pulled Hasan Ali (three for 19) for a tumbling catch in the deep, India were washed up at 54 for five - and there was no realistic way back. Zaman's hundred, a landmark he reached with a fearless sweep off a straight ball, led Pakistan to their best batting performance of the decade, allowing their bowlers to enjoy the rare absence of pressure.

India are favourites to retain the Champions Trophy on Sunday but they would probably have preferred to face different opponents than Pakistan in what is sure to be a highly-charged final.

That slowed Pakistan down somewhat but Mohammad Hafeez proved an unlikely aggressor, wallloping a 34-ball half-century as India's bowlers suffered. "They were more intense and more passionate", he said.

Pakistani cricket fans celebrate their team's victory in the Champions Trophy final against India, at a street in Peshawar, Pakistan. But luck was on Pakistan's side.

Fakhar Zaman couldn't resist the length ball outside off stump, so he poked at it and only nicked it. "I took my time to begin with, you look at the wicket, and then play your natural game". It did not help that they delivered 13 wides (out of 25 extras) and three no-balls, with Ashwin and Bumrah particularly guilty. Credit to Pakistan; they outplayed us.

Ahead of much-anticipated, high octane Champions Trophy final between India and Pakistan at the Oval, Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan has declared the clash between the two Asian arch-rival bigger than the Ashes series.

Kohli said: "I congratulated them in the post-match presentation and I would do the same here because they deserved to win".