Champions Trophy final: India opt to field against Pak

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final. There was chaos along the way in the left-hander's 114 from 106 balls too, not least the edge behind on three off a no-ball, the four leg-byes that pinged off his helmet in the following over and some wacky running that included the mix-up that left Azhar Ali run out.

Bollywood stars congratulated Pakistan after it defeated India by 180 runs in the final ICC Champions Trophy cricket match today.

India had thrashed Pakistani side by 124 runs in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4.

Despite coming from behind and remaining underdog, Pakistan made a significant turnaround since being defeated in their opening group stage match against India and moved to the final of the tournament by beating England in the semis.

The former all-rounder pointed out that Amir's inclusion in the playing XI could be at the cost of rookie Rumman Raees, who took 2/44 on his One-day International (ODI) debut in the semi-final.

Coach Micky Arthur praised the spirit of his side after they bounced back from a humiliating defeat to India at the start of the tournament to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa and England before the final. But India, who put in a solid display of cricketing skills right through the tournament, would go home heads held high as the runner-up.

Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off. Today Pakistan was the better team well played.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan first, they had an incredible tournament". The other 5 finals have been won by the chasing team.

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He dismissed Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell. Fakhar Zaman also smashed two sixes, one each off Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.

Virat Kohli, like his predecessor MS Dhoni, had played down the hype around India versus Pakistan final.

"Pakistan achieved historic win through unity and determination", he said, in a statement, adding that hardwork and passion pave way for great achievements.

Pakistan: 338 for four in 50 overs. With the ball we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.

The opening pair broke two records ─ one for the best score posted by Pakistani openers against India in an ICC tournament (86 runs), and the second for the best partnership against India in an ICC tournament when 100 came up for Pakistan in the 18th over.

"Small margins can be massive but we've only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes".

This is the first time Pakistan has won the ICC Champions Trophy.

  • Tabitha Byrd