Zaman fires Pakistan to 338/4

According to Arthur India's top-order has done marvelously well and the middle-order has not been tested throughout the competition

The Champions Trophy final epitomises what Indo-Pak ties should be like: vibrant, competitive and culturally alive

His century set up Pakistan's massive total of 338-4, and they went on to dismiss India for 158.

It was all a far cry from the Asian giants' opening group match at Edgbaston on June 4 where Pakistan slumped to 164 all out in a thumping 124-run defeat by India. With time to spare, India napped in its dressing room rather than dwell on being humbled, and woke up refreshed.

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. "This is very important victory for Pakistan cricket", he said.

Fakhar rode his luck for a spellbinding 114, caught-behind from a no-ball on three and escaping a run-out chance with just a single to his name in Pakistan's total of 338 for four at The Oval.

The "Law of Averages" were certainly going to catch up with India¿s "Big Three" after their brilliant run in the tournament. In the next over, Fakhar once again made a decision to cut loose as he thumped Ashwin for a six and a boundary in the twenty seventh over.

Kohli accepted his side had been second best as he acknowledged Pakistan's "amazing tournament".

"Today's win shows that no one is favorite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in worldwide cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi. Talking about his bowlers, Kohli said, "With the ball, we could have had more wicket-taking opportunities". His 52-ball knock comprised of four boundaries. The way they turned things around, it was incredible. Two consecutive sixes won the match, and he kissed Khan on the cheek.

He dismissed Rohit Sharma (nought), India captain Virat Kohli (five) and Shikhar Dhawan (21) in a stunning new-ball spell.

"If there's been a more improbable Pakistan triumph than this, it's yet to be written", said Osman Samiuddin, author of a definitive book on Pakistan cricket, The Unquiet Ones.

"A guy like Zaman, when players like that get going on their day, it becomes real hard to stop them because I think 80 percent of his shots were high-risk and they were all coming off", Kohli said.

None of the Indian bowlers, except Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/44), could trouble the Pakistani batsmen after Virat Kohli opted to bowl even as the UP pacer was also taken to cleaners towards the end.

"I mean, 25 extras is a bit too much in a game like that, and that s something that we certainly need to take care of in the future".

Pakistan's first global 50-over title since the 1992 World Cup reflected well on their former Australia coach Mickey Arthur, who kept his squad from losing focus after their dismal display against the Indians earlier in the tournament.

Fakhar shared an opening stand of 128 with Azhar Ali and, after a mix-up that saw Azhar run out, sprang to life.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif Sunday congratulated the nation over Pakistan's classic victory in the ICC Champions Trophy's final match against India.

"Don't worry about the India match. This is gone. If we play good cricket, definitely we will win this tournament".

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