MNA Sports Desk: An inspired Pakistan hammered a blundering India by 180 runs to lift the maiden Champions Trophy, riding on a scintillating hundred from rookie opener Fakhar Zaman and a sensational bowling spell from Mohammad Amir.
This is Pakistan’s first ICC title triumph since their 2009 World Twenty20 win but more importantly it broke the jinx of not performing against India in big ticket matches.
Pakistan had come into the tournament as the lowest-ranked team and lost heavily to India in their opening group match but they beat South Africa and Sri Lanka to make the semi-finals where they knocked out hosts England.
Fakhar Zaman hit a spectacular century to propel Pakistan to 338-4 in the scorching south London sunshine. Mohammad Amir then tore through the India top order to help reduce the defending champions to 54-5.
India eventually limped to 158, Pakistan winning by 180 runs to take their first global 50-over title since 1992.
Champions Trophy final, The Oval
Pakistan 338-4 (50 overs): Fakhar 114, Azhar 59, Hafeez 57*
India 158 all out (30.3 overs): Pandya 76, Amir 3-16, Hasan 3-19
Pakistan won by 180 runs