Fakhar, Amir star as Pakistan stun India

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India, who had demolished Pakistan during the group stage of the tournament, knew they needed an impressive batting display of their own if they were to chase down their target.

It was a day of contrasting fortunes for India's two new-ball bowlers.

India paceman Bhuvneshwar Kumar, with an economical one for 44 in 10 overs, helped atone for some wayward bowling by his team-mates in an innings featuring 13 wides and three no-balls - almost three extra overs.

It was, all too briefly for India, eight for one when Fakhar went after a wide delivery from Jasprit Bumrah and edged behind - only to be reprieved by the no-ball call.

Team India, the defending champions, registered their place in the Champions Trophy final after registering a resounding nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second semi-final to set up another high-voltage clash against the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side. Sarfraz had a fine and ego-free day, first holding back from promoting himself up the order in the first innings to send Mohammed Hafeez and Imad Wasim ahead of him - the reward was an unbroken stand of 71 in 45 balls - before allowing the 18-year-old Shadab Khan to review a key lbw off Yuvraj Singh and holding four catches himself behind the stumps.

"With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities".

There was a still a seat-of-the-pants element to Pakistan's progress, though, and it was not the greatest surprise when the opening stand ended with a run-out mix-up in which both batsmen were stranded at the same end.

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Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London s River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord s, finished with three for 16.

Hasan Ali, very un-Pakistani-esque given his focus on line and length, took three to make sure India could not rebuild.

Special arrangements were made to broadcast the final live in community halls, cinemas and parks across Pakistan.

He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Pandya to Jadeja, running back from point. "We have a young team and credit to my boys".

"We've got two years to put in hard work, identify the type of players we want to take forward and work with them really hard for two years". After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game. "After losing the first game, we had no chance to lose again", said Hafeez, who played an important role in the win with a classy 57 not out.

Out for 3 in the fourth over of the Champions Trophy final, he walked away from the celebrating Indians then stopped to watch the replay on the video screen at The Oval. As Virat Kohli said in the post-match conference, it was just an aggressive display by Pakistan that did the team in.

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