Fakhar Zaman capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four in the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals India at The Oval on Sunday.
Lose to India by 124 runs- Pakistan are completely outplayed in what coach Mickey Arthur calls a "shambolic" display as India pile up 319 for three before dismissing their old foes for just 164 in a rain-marred match.
After a 120-run loss to India at Edgbaston in the qualifying round, they went on to beat Sri Lanka, South Africa, England and then India in the final.More news: Demonstrators Gather at Loring Park for 'Day 2' of Protests
Put in to bat, Pakistan rode on a century by opener Fakhar Zaman to post a massive total of 338/4 in the allotted 50 overs.
Babar Azam kept the run-rate ticking along with 46 from 52, before Mohammad Hafeez (57no) took control in the final overs, smashing a crucial half-century from just 34 balls and finding great support in Imad Wasim (25no).
It was Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup and a sweet moment for a team who have been unable to host worldwide cricket in recent years due to security concerns. "We need to move on and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said. After he was gone at 152, India managed only six more runs and survived for only 24 more balls.
Pakistan celebrated one of its biggest cricket victories on Sunday, defeating archrival India in the Champions Trophy final in London.More news: Kiwis beat Oracle in 1st 2 America's Cup races in Bermuda
Seamers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali took three wickets apiece to lead the Pakistan bowling attack in the country's first appearance in the final of the one-day tournament, dubbed a mini-World Cup. The fact remained that a fully turned-on Pakistan team, the sentimental favourites here for all that they are going through for inability to play at home - were the better team and deserved winners.
Defending champion India had already beaten lowly Pakistan, the world's eighth-ranked team, in the earlier stages of the competition. "We thought one big partnership would have set it up nicely", Indian captain Virat Kohli said. On a lifeless wicket, Pakistan got a much-needed "life" early on in their innings and they kicked off from that point.
Hardik Pandya smashed 76 off 43 balls, including six huge sixes, to give India hope of a dramatic revival but he was run out following a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and left the arena shaking his head in an obvious state of frustration.
Special arrangements were made to broadcast the final live in community halls, cinemas and parks across Pakistan.More news: IFixit calls Surface Laptop 'glue-filled monstrosity'
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