Sublime Fakhar leads Pakistan to 338-4 in ICC final

Nearly half of the score was made by Hardik Pandya with a gutsy 43-ball 76.He scripted the fastest half-century in a world One-Day International (ODI) final, reaching the landmark in 32 deliveries with three consecutive sixes off leg-spinner Shadab Khan.Ashwin was brought in to hunt for wickets but he was played out and struck for a six in his first over.Pakistani cricket fans cheer as they watch on screen the Champions Trophy final between Pakistan and India, on June 18, 2017.Mohammad Amir and Fakhar Zaman starred for Pakistan in the final.But he could not stop Sunday’s slide as he holed out off Hasan, with Imad Wasim taking a low catch in the deep.The win on Sunday also gave Pakistan their first-ever Champions Trophy title, while India have won the event twice – in 2002 and in the most recent competition before the year, 2013.The victory was achieved by one of the most de-glamorous outfit under one of the most unassuming captains in the history of Pakistan cricket – Sarfraz – and he deserved it more than anyone else for showing the composure one expects from model captains.The Pakistan openers carried on strongly, adding 128 in 23 overs for the first wicket. This is only the second time the same has happened outside Asia.India, strong favourites to retain the title, were outplayed in every aspect of the game by a revitalised Pakistan side who they crushed in the group stage of the tournament two weeks ago. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed said: “We are now the champions, so hopefully this win will boost Pakistan cricket”. Obviously, the same bowlers are going to play, the same guys are going to bat.Ali is also the first bowler to take four successive three-wicket hauls in the Champions Trophy.Azhar smacked the fist six off the innings off Ashwin in the eighth over after he and Fakhar made themselves at home on the pitch.His transformation into a hero was complete as his final tally was six overs, two maidens, 16 runs and three wickets.Fakhar Zaman departed after scoring a brilliant knock of 114 runs of 106 balls that included three sixes and 12 boundaries. The opener reached his maiden ODI century in style with a four off the 31st over.Shoaib Malik left the field after Kedhar Jadhav caught him playing a mistimed shot over the mid-off in the 40th over.But so did Pakistan, who restricted their last three opponents to below 240.Amir replaced fellow left-arm quick Rumman Raees, who took two wickets against England on his ODI debut.So after coming into the tournament as rank underdogs – they entered just edging past West Indies as the lowest seed – Pakistan end up as the victor of the Champions Trophy 2017.”Congratulations @TheRealPCB, the team & the whole country for such a great win.#CT17″.