Amir, Fakhar lead Pakistan to Champions Trophy triumph

Amir, Fakhar lead Pakistan to Champions Trophy triumph

It is Pakistan's first ICC 50 over title since the World Cup win in 1992 and this campaign featured a rise similar to the Cornered Tigers' victorious one.

Marais Erasmus quickly said, "wait, wait, don't celebrate yet, because I want to check on the no-ball", and you could see why, with replays showing Bumrah comfortably overstepping his mark.

To make things worse, that no-ball seemed to also instil confidence in Azhar Ali a well, who went off Test mode and chose to get into his one-day groove.

With this knock, Zaman now joins Saeed Anwar and Shoaib Malik as the third batsman to score a century for Pakistan in the Champions Trophy.

India, on the other hand, who played to their potential throughout the tournament, were struggling against the disciplined Pakistani batting lineup and failed to utilise the conditions completely.

With that no-ball, Bumrah's confidence went for a vacation down the coast to Bournemouth and Zaman's found its way back home, with the Pakistan batsman cracking a smile at his slice of luck, nearly as if he understood, this was going to be his day.

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Griner, who was also shot, is in the hospital in good condition and spirits after a gunshot wound to the ankle, Sava said today. Sava said he told Scalise's family that "I am not declaring victory until he's playing ball in his back yard with his family".

Fakhar overcame his early wobbles to share a century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59) and unfurl a series of increasingly assured strokes among his 12 fours and two sixes in a 92-ball century. "When the game is on the line, the more he performs, the more amped up he gets". It was only the second time when Pakistan openers got to a century-run stand since 2003. After that, it was hard for India to come back into the game.

With Pakistan's frontline pacer Mohammad Amir declared fit to play in the final after sitting out the previous match, he, alongside new ball bowler Junaid Khan will be the key against India to provide their side with early breakthroughs. "So yeah, that's an area we certainly need to look at", added Kohli.

Hafeez was all about boundaries.

Amir (three wickets for 16 runs), still winning his sport over again after his criminal role in the 2010 spot-fixing saga enacted seven years ago and just a handful of miles away at Lord's, then reduced India to 33 for three - a perilous situation from which the overwhelming favourites were unable to recover, despite some astounding hitting from number seven Hardik Pandya (76). Later Mohammad Hafeez helped his side to post 300 plus total with 57 from 37 balls.

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