PM felicitates nation, Pak team on ICC Champions Trophy win

Title-holders India were set a target of 339 to win the Champions Trophy final against arch-rivals Pakistan at The Oval on Sunday.

It was fellow paceman Hasan Ali, the player of the tournament having kick-started Pakistan's revival in their group win over South Africa, who ended the match with more than 19 overs left when he had Jasprit Bumrah caught by gleeful captain and wicket-keeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Left-arm fast bowler Amir, whose career was nearly ended on the other side of London's River Thames by a ban and jail term he received for his part in a spot-fixing scam during a 2010 Test against England at Lord's, was superb.

In a dazzling opening burst, Amir removed the top three of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan and effectively won the match in the space of 30 balls.

Earlier, riding on Fakhar Zaman's brilliant batting, Pakistan posted a challenging 338/4 against India in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval here on Sunday.

"After the India match I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet".

Pakistan's triumph was all the more impressive given they had been comprehensively beaten by India in both teams' opening group match at Edgbaston a fortnight earlier.

Yuvraj, despite that cover drive of his, never looked at ease at the crease and was trapped before the wickets before Hasan Ali got the better of MS Dhoni.

"I'm sure that the nation of Pakistan is really happy tonight because they deserve it for what they've been through".

In humid conditions and on flattest of decks, Kohli made a decision to field first but his bowlers did not do justice to the faith he had shown in them.

Then one ball after Kohli, the world's leading ODI batsman, was dropped at slip off Amir, the bowler had him caught at point by Shadab Khan.

It was a charged-up performance from Sarfraz Ahmed's underdog team with left-handed opener Zaman, after a lucky reprieve, scoring a pulsating 114 in their imposing 338 for 4.

Ravindra Jadeja (8-0-67-0) and Kedar Jadhav (3-0-27-1) leaked 164 runs in 21 overs and scalped just a wicket.

Pakistan, however, has lost all three of their previous matches against India in the knockout stages of International Cricket Council events.

Hardik Pandya showed some resistance, hitting Shadab for three consecutive sixes, and taking 23 off an over.

Pandya was involved in a mix-up with Ravindra Jadeja and was run-out.

With his bat tucked under his arm, Fakhar begins the long walk back to the pavilion as the Indians celebrate grabbing their first wicket with only four Pakistan runs on the board.

India lost their lengths, forgot their plans and with R Ashwin bowling like he has done for a long while in colored clothing - rubbish - the two Pakistan openers were able to get the run-scoring going easily.

Put into bat, the Men in Green had an ideal start as both Azhar Ali and Zaman shared a 128-run opening stand to put their team on road of a massive first innings score.

India's star off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had a return to forget, his 10 wicketless overs costing 70 runs.

He was eventually out when he sliced medium-pacer Hardik Pandya and Jadeja, running back from point, held a well-judged catch.

Babar came out of the opener's shadows, but after Shoaib Malik and he holed out in the off-side deep, Hafeez (57no) hit four fours and three sixes to turn Pakistan's promise into the 300-plus substance required against India's powerhouse batting line-up in these run-fest conditions.