Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Pakistan soar to 338 with Zaman's maiden ton

Pakistan soar to 338 with Zaman's maiden ton

"Today's win shows that no one is favorite when it comes to India v Pakistan match in global cricket", said a beaming Mohammad Ashraf, who distributed candies among people on a street in Rawalpindi.

Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide hundred laid the foundations for Pakistan's formidable total of 338-4.

India was then routed for 158 in the 31st over.

He struck a crucial blow in his very next over when he dismissed India captain Virat Kohli.

Pakistan had taken just three wickets at Edgbaston as India made 319 off 48 overs and were bowled out for just 164.

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was understandably jubilant as he reflected on his side's remarkable thrashing of India in the ICC Champions Trophy final.

India's three best batsmen in the tournament were back in the pavillion in the first nine overs.

The only standout performance came from all-rounder Hardik Pandya who raised hopes through his brilliant innings of 76 off 43 balls after the team after they were reduced 72 for the loss of six wickets went in vain.

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.

But the Pakistanis wrote off that defeat as an aberration.

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan, who upset hosts England in the semifinals, had the flawless platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

It was, all too briefly for India, eight for one when Fakhar went after a wide delivery from Jasprit Bumrah and edged behind - only to be reprieved by the no-ball call.

Fellow opener Azhar survived run out chances on 15 and 29.They made India pay for the let-off and misses.

At the other end, Azhar Ali, usually staid and unremarkable, unfurled some shots of his own as Pakistan's openers put together a 128 runs.

India were below par with the ball with the duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja remaining wicketless in their spells.

Fakhar Zaman scored an entertaining, cavalier hundred before Mohammad Amir starred with the ball as Pakistan drew a line under years of hurt, beating India by an emphatic 180 runs in the final.

The sixth ever century in a Trophy final ended in the 34th over at 200-2.

The "Law of Averages" were certainly going to catch up with India¿s "Big Three" after their brilliant run in the tournament.

Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq on Twitter: "Congratulations to the Pakistan team and the whole country for such a great win".

Babar came out of the opener's shadows - but after Shoaib Malik and he holed out in the off-side deep, Hafeez (57 not out) hit four fours and three sixes to power well past the 300 benchmark required against India's powerhouse batting line-up in these run-fest conditions.

This was Pakistan's largest margin of victory, by runs, in 129 ODIs against India, surpassing their 159-run success at Delhi in 2005. Amir, fired up, got Sharma lbw.

In Amir's second over, Kohli was dropped at slip. But the Pakistanis consoled culprit Azhar and reset.

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