Pakistan destroy arch-rivals India to claim Champions Trophy

People watching the final of Champions Trophy at Arts Council Multan

People watching the final of Champions Trophy at Arts Council Multan

Revelation and redemption helped Pakistan turn world cricket's order upside down as Fakhar Zaman's maiden one-day worldwide century and Mohammad Amir's brilliant new-ball spell underpinned a landslide 180-run win over India in the Champions Trophy final.

Seamer Mohammad Amir then ripped through India's top order to leave them reeling at 54-5.

Pakistan came into the ICC Champions Trophy as the lowest-ranked ODI team.

Once last hope Hardik Pandya (76) was run out, the writing was on the wall as India were bundled out for just 158 with nearly 20 overs remaining.

In reply, India were all out for 158 runs in 30.3 overs.

Arthur admitted Pakistan were desperate to prove they could go toe to toe with tournament favourites India with the title up for grabs.

But the Pakistanis wrote off that defeat as an aberration.

Pakistan have managed to bounce back in the tournament, trouncing South Africa and Sri Lanka in the group stages and England in the semi-finals to book a berth in the final.

Pakistan bowled first in its previous four Trophy matches, including the 124-run opening loss to India two weeks ago, and the omen wasn't good to bat first. The last time Pakistan beat India was in 2009 ─ also during a Champions Trophy match. But luck was on Pakistan's side.

Fakhar, a former sailor in the Pakistan navy, underpinned his side's innings with a classy century after being handed a reprieve on just three when he was caught behind off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball. By the time the risky Fakhar was dismissed, he had caused carnage with shots all around the Oval and had made a magnificent 114 as Pakistan reached 200.

128 The opening stand between Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman, Pakistan's first century stand for the first wicket against India in an ICC ODI event.

From that point, Pakistan changed gears scoring 33 runs in the next two overs with Jadeja and Ashwin leaking 16 and 17 runs.

Pakistan's Sarfraz Ahmed (L) celebrates with teammates after taking the final catch, confirming their victory over India after the ICC Champions Trophy final cricket match between India and Pakistan at The Oval in London on June 18, 2017. He danced to the other end, waved his bat to all parts of the packed ground, and kissed the pitch.

Azhar had a run-out scrape too, on 29, when Rohit Sharma missed the stumps from midwicket this time as Pakistan's frenetic start continued.

Azhar and Muhammad Hafeez both racked up half centuries, whereas Fakhar smashed 114 off 106 deliveries, and Babar Azam scored a solid 46 off 52.

In Amir's second over, Kohli was dropped at slip.

Pakistan set a target of 339.

But Amir's very next ball saw Kohli, aiming legside, get a leading edge to point where Shadab Khan made no mistake with the catch. Yuvraj fell to the young Shadab before Dhoni became the first of three victims for Hasan Ali who ended the tournament with 13 wickets at the top of the bowling charts.