Zaman, Ali heroics helps Pakistan clinch Champions Trophy title

For Pakistan, pacers Mohammad Amir and Hasan Ali bagged three wickets each.

The difference between Pakistan's batting and bowling averages in the semi-finals and final of this tournament: they scored 92.16 runs per wicket, and conceded only 18.45 runs per dismissal. India Team has to tackle the Pakistani score of 338 Runs for holding the Champions Trophy Cup on this Fathers day.

India was asked to produce the highest successful run chase in Trophy history, and had the weapons to do it.

Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan's opener along with Azhar Ali, had a remarkable knock, scoring a century in just his fourth appearance at an ODI match.

After Kohli asked them to bat first, Pakistan took control of the proceedings on the back of a solid 128-run opening stand between Fakhar and Azhar.

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He had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan's first Champions Trophy win.

He dismissed three of the world's top (ODI) batsmen in Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

Ravindra Jadeja did not let that happen as he refused to sacrifice his wicket when he and Pandya were stranded at one end. It was to the credit of Pakistani batsmen that they made the most of the lady luck smiling on them. All bowlers. This is a young team.

This was Pakistan's first major worldwide title since their triumph at the ICC World T20 2009.

The left-handed opener, playing in just his fourth One-day global, overcome some anxious moments early in his innings to hammer 114 from 106 balls to lead Pakistan's charge in their first-ever appearance in a Champions Trophy final. "We played very well and now we have won the final", he said.

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It will require some serious batting performance from Virat Kohli & Co to overcome the target. Read Also: Champions Trophy: India vs Pakistan: Most memorable moments over the years The left-handed opener was struggling to get going and was out in the fourth over, caught by MS Dhoni off Bumrah, but it turned out to be a no-ball.

"I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an wonderful tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have". Zaman and Azhar were ready to use their feet and with no turn on offer whipped them on all parts of the ground easily.

"They made us make those mistakes because of the way they were bowling and the way they applied the pressure in the field and we have no hesitation or shame to admit that we could not play our best game today".

Denied the calming influence of an early wicket, India's bowlers looked nervous.

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