Amir, Fakhar lead Pakistan to Champions Trophy triumph

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first worldwide century.

Even as tensions between India and Pakistan continue to dominate headlines, cricketers from this side of the border won plaudits for their heartwarming display of camaraderie during the Champions Trophy final on Sunday, which Pakistan won by 180 runs.

Indian fans were made to feel the Amir run as he ruptured India's batting right at the start of chase.

Pandya's knock just beat the effort of Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchirst, who had scored a half-century off 33 balls, also against Pakistan at the ICC World Cup final at Lord's in 1999.

Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.

But his daft run-out dismissal was the catalyst for a total collapse with India reduced to 156-9. Kohli was dismissed for 5 runs followed by Shikhar Dhawan for 21.

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Once Pandya was run out, the slide was fast for India and they were bundled out for 158 in 30.3 overs. Pandya did provide a little hope with his 76 runs helping take the reigning champions from 72-6 to 152-7.

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.

"Early wickets are never good, especially in a chase".

Hafeez smashed 3 sixes and 4 boundaries and helped Pakistan set a monstrous target of 339 runs for the Men in Blue to defend the title. "We need to move forward and learn from our mistakes", Kohli said. But they turned it around in style as they topped South Africa (19 runs via D/L method), and Sri Lanka (three wickets) to enter the semi-finals where they got the better of hosts England by eight wickets. A disappointing day but I have a smile on my face because of the way we played across the tournament.

India were all out for 158.

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