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Last Updated Monday July 17 2017 12:54 AM IST

Sublime Pakistan rip apart India to lift Champions Trophy

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Pakistan Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed and team mates celebrate winning the ICC Champions Trophy beating India. Reuters

London: 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 capitalized 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 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.

After India had won the toss, Fakhar, on three, was caught by wicketkeeper Mahehdra Singh Dhoni off a Jasprit Bumrah no-ball and the 27-year-old left-hander took full advantage to make his first international century.

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    Pakistan celebrate winning the ICC Champions Trophy at The Oval in London on Sunday. Reuters

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    India's Hardik Pandya bats during the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at The Oval in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    MS Dhoni of India leaves the field after being dismissed during the ICC Champions Trophy final match against Pakistan at the Oval cricket ground in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Mohammad Amir (center) of Pakistan celebrates after dismissing Shikhar Dhawan of India during the ICC Champions Trophy final match at the Kia Oval cricket ground in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Virat Kohli of India leaves the field after being dismissed during the ICC Champions Trophy final match against Pakistan at the Oval cricket ground in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed celebrates with Shadab Khan after catching out Kedar Jadhav of India during the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval cricket ground on in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Hasan Ali of Pakistan celebrates after dismissing MS Dhoni of India during the ICC Champions Trophy final match at the Oval cricket ground on in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Shikhar Dhawan of India walks from the field after being dismissed during the ICC Champions Trophy final against Pakistan at The Oval in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Pakistan's Mohammad Hafeez bats during the ICC Champions Trophy final against India at The Oval in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman celebrates century in ICC Champions Trophy final against India on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Pakistan opener Azhar Ali bats during the ICC Champions Trophy final against India at The Oval in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Pakistan openers Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman during the ICC Champions Trophy final against India at The Oval in London on Sunday. Getty Images

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    Sarfaraz Ahmad and Virat Kohli pictured during the coin toss ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy Final between Pakistan and India at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. Getty Images

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    Indian supporters look on during the ICC Champions Trophy Final between Pakistan and India at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. Getty Images

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    Virat Kohli, captain of India, arrives ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy Final between Pakistan and India at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. Getty Images

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    A Pakistan cricket fan shows his support ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy Final between Pakistan and India at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. Getty Images

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    Sarfaraz Ahmad, captain of Pakistan arrives ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy Final between Pakistan and India at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. Getty Images

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    India captain Virat Kohli and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed hold the ICC Champions Trophy ahead of final at The Kia Oval on June 17, 2017 in London, England. Getty Images

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    General view of signatures on the wall in the changing room during the ICC Champions Trophy Final match between India and Pakistan at The Kia Oval on June 18, 2017 in London, England. Getty Images

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    The ICC Champions Trophy displayed at the Kia Oval ahead of India-Pakistan final match on June 18, 2017 in London, England. Getty Images

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He shared a fluent century opening partnership with Azhar Ali (59), the pair unleashing a barrage of crisp attacking strokes all around a sun-kissed ground.

Azhar also continued his fine form, reaching fifty off 61 balls before he was run out following a mix-up with his partner.

Fakhar lofted Ravindra Jadeja over long-on for six and got to three figures by sweeping Ravichandran Ashwin to the boundary.

He celebrated with an extravagant twirl of his bat and kissed the turf as the Pakistan supporters sensed an unlikely win.

Azhar Ali Pakistan opener Azhar Ali plays a shot. Getty Images

Fakhar hit 12 fours and three sixes before skying a catch off Hardik Pandya but Pakistan had the perfect platform to make the highest total in a Champions Trophy final.

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Babar Azam chipped in with a solid 46 and Mohammad Hafeez struck three sixes in a punchy unbeaten 57 that left India needing to produce the highest successful run chase in the tournament's history to lift the trophy for the third time.

Within three overs, however, their reply was in tatters as Amir produced a devastating spell of bowling.

Fakhar Zaman Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman celebrates century in ICC Champions Trophy final against India on Sunday. Getty Images

He trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for nought with a swinging delivery and removed India talisman Virat Kohli with another fine ball which the captain could only edge to point for five.

Kohli, the world's top-ranked one-day batsman, had been dropped off the previous delivery in the slips and the India fans looked shell-shocked as he trudged off.

Their hopes now rested largely on the shoulders of Shikhar Dhawan who had been in fine form in the tournament but he made only 21 before nicking the inspired Amir to wicketkeeper Sarfraz Ahmed.

Spinner Shadab Khan snared Yuvraj Singh lbw for 22 and Dhoni, India's former captain who has saved the team on many occasions, pulled Hasan Ali to Imad Wasim at deep square leg to depart for four.

Shadab picked up his second wicket when Kedar Jadhav, on nine, gave Sarfraz a simple catch and India appeared to be crumbling meekly at 72 for six.

Pandya, however, briefly raised their spirits with a quickfire 76, reaching his fifty with three successive sixes off Shadab and hitting six maximums in all before he was run out.

Jadeja nicked Junaid Khan to slip for 15, Hasan had Ashwin caught by Sarfraz and Hasan forced Bumrah to lob another catch to the wicketkeeper, who pouched it gleefully to complete Pakistan's first Champions Trophy win with 19.3 overs to spare.

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