Fakhar Zaman and Mohammad Amir shone as Pakistan defied the odds to overwhelm arch-rivals India by 180 runs and pull off a major upset in the Champions Trophy final at The Oval on Sunday.
Fakhar capitalised on a lucky escape to strike a superb 114 and lift Pakistan to a commanding total of 338 for four and fast bowler Amir ripped out India’s top three batsmen before the defending champions subsided to 158 all out.
Pakistan celebrated one of its biggest cricket victories on Sunday, defeating archrival India in the Champions Trophy final in London.
Back home, streets were deserted in the federal capital Islamabad and Rawalpindi — and in big cities across the country — as fans watched Pakistan thrash defending champion India by 180 runs at The Oval.
“Congratulations to Team Pakistan on their great performance in winning #CT17 And how wonderful to watch Fakhar’s raw talent in action,” Pakistan cricket great Imran Khan tweeted.
he turnaround against India in two weeks, from 124-run losers to 180-run winners and champions, was affirmation for Mickey Arthur, Pakistan’s coach of 13 months.
He said the team came to the tournament already convinced it could win a first global ODI title in 25 years. Losing to India first up was regarded as a stumble, a bad day.
The players praised Arthur and the management for reminding them how they were still good enough. Arthur praised the players for being honest about their failings, and regrouping.
“They kept on believing, they kept on trusting their roles, they kept on trusting the game plan that Saffy and I had set up,” Arthur said. Still, he admitted, “the way they turned it around was unbelievable.”