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18 June 2017

With its win, Pakistan, which came into the tournament ranked No. 8 in the world, has clinched its first Champions Trophy victory. Fakhar, who scored his maiden ODI century in style with a four off the 31st over, was awarded Player of the Match.

The last time Pakistani openers scored more than 100 runs prior to the fall of the first wicket in two consecutive matches was in 2003. Mohammad Hafeez, not out on 57, and Babar Azam, out caught after making 46, were also major contributors in the final score of 338. This is only the second time the same has happened outside Asia.

The 27-year-old Zaman, playing in just his fourth ODI, had already reached his half-century and made it count, targeting the spinners of Ravi Ashwin and Ravi Jadeja in particular to great effect.

A wild swipe at Pandya eventually brought an end to Fakhar's thrilling 106-ball knock, but Babar and Hafeez built on the fine platform that had been set, the latter hitting three sixes in a wonderful late cameo.

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A fortnight on from being thrashed by India in their opening group match at Edgbaston, Mickey Arthur's side looked a totally different team as they followed up their semi-final hammering of hosts England by trouncing the defending champions.

It was the brilliant Amir who put India in deep deep trouble by removing Dhawan who was caught by the skipper after scoring 21 runs.

Two overs into the match, opener Sharma succumbed to a LBW, whereas skipper and heavy-hitter Kohli was caught out by Shadab Khan, and Dhawan was caught out by Sarfaraz Ahmed.

The last wicket fell in the shape of Bumrah departing for just one run as Hasan Ali took another wicket while finishing as the highest wicket taker of the tournament.

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Since 1992, both India and Pakistan have played 15 times in ICC tournaments across all formats.

There was to be no way back for India, who subsequently slumped to 72-6 and only made it to 158 thanks to a stunning, 43-ball 76 from Hardik Pandya. I hope the Indian team win.

Coming to the all important final on Sunday, if reigning champions India are riding on the confidence of having outclassed Pakistan in their opening match, the neighbours can gain comfort from the one hiccup their opponents had against Sri Lanka.

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TV ad rates rocket ahead of India, Pakistan final